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SetOptions

SetOptions
sets the specified default options for a symbol s.
SetOptions or SetOptions
sets options associated with a particular stream.
SetOptions
sets options associated with an external object such as a NotebookObject.
  • SetOptions is equivalent to an assignment that redefines certain elements of the list Options[s] of default options.
  • If you use SetOptions[NotebookObject[...], ...] the kernel will send a request to the front end that will immediately make the change specified.
Reset the default precision for HilbertMatrix:
Now HilbertMatrix uses machine numbers by default:
A specific option setting overrides the new default:
Restore the system default:
Change the style for plots to use dashed curves:
Restore the system default:
Reset the default precision for HilbertMatrix:
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Now HilbertMatrix uses machine numbers by default:
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A specific option setting overrides the new default:
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Restore the system default:
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Change the style for plots to use dashed curves:
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Restore the system default:
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For notebook options with rules, it can be awkward to make a targeted change to a specific rule:
CurrentValue provides a better way of adding or changing specific rules:
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