gives the list of default options assigned to a symbol.


gives the options explicitly specified in a particular expression such as a graphics object.

Options[stream] or Options["sname"]

gives options associated with a particular stream.


gives options associated with an external object such as a NotebookObject or CloudObject.


gives the setting for the option name.


gives a list of the settings for the options namei.


  • Many builtin functions allow you to give additional arguments that specify options with rules of the form name->value.
  • Options[f] gives the list of rules to be used for the options associated with a function f if no explicit rules are given when the function is called.
  • Options always returns a list of transformation rules for option names.
  • You can assign a value to Options[symbol] to redefine all the default option settings for a function.
  • SetOptions[symbol,name->value] can be used to specify individual default options.
  • Values defined for Options[f] are stored with values of Default[f,] in DefaultValues[f].
  • You can use Options on InputStream and OutputStream objects. If there is only one stream with a particular name, you can give the name as a string as the argument of Options.
  • If obj is a user interface object such as $FrontEnd, NotebookObject or CellObject, the kernel will send a request to the front end to find the result.
  • Explicit values are found for options associated with cells, even if these options are only set at the style, notebook, or global level.


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Basic Examples  (3)

Get the list of options for the LinearSolve function:

Define the default options of f:

Define f to use the options:

Get the list of options for a CloudObject:

Scope  (1)

Retrieve the Permissions option of a cloud object:

Wolfram Research (1988), Options, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Options.html (updated 2012).


Wolfram Research (1988), Options, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Options.html (updated 2012).


Wolfram Language. 1988. "Options." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2012. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Options.html.


Wolfram Language. (1988). Options. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Options.html


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