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In Preferences -> Evaluation there is a menu to change "Format type of new input cells" and the only options available are: StandardForm, TraditionalForm, and Raw InputForm.

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Is it possible to set this to InputForm?

Edit: This is V9.

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By the way, options set with SetOptions[$FrontEndSession, . . .] last only for the session while those made to $FrontEnd should persist. Thanks for the Accept. Are you aware that you can both vote for and Accept an answer? I ask because you didn't not vote for my answer which I assume was an oversight if you liked it well enough to Accept it. –  Mr.Wizard Apr 5 '13 at 14:13
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In version 7 InputForm appears in the drop-down list. You can apply the same setting using:

SetOptions[$FrontEnd, CommonDefaultFormatTypes->{"Input"->InputForm}]

Whether that has the desired effect in recent versions I do not know.

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