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I want a notebook to automatically save after any cell is evaluated. I found that I should use the command

SetOptions[XXX, NotebookAutoSave -> True]

to do that, where XXX should be referring to the current notebook. Unfortunately, I have been searching the web for half an hour now and was not able to find the command which refers to "this notebook". I tried $FrontEndSession, $FrontEnd and even $Notebooks and nothing helped. Therefore, my question is:

What refers to "this notebook" within the SetOptions command?

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    $\begingroup$ EvaluationNotebook[ ]? $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2016 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Dr.belisarius If I exectue SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], NotebookAutoSave -> True], write a new cell afterwards and exectue it, the file stays unsaved. $\endgroup$
    – Kagaratsch
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    $\begingroup$ nb = EvaluationNotebook[]; SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], NotebookAutoSave -> True]; Options[nb, NotebookAutoSave] Returns True $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2016 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ That is exactly by design: NotebookAutoSave is a notebook option which specifies whether the notebook should automatically be saved after each piece of output generated by evaluation in it. $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2016 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Kagaratsch Oh! I asked about that some time ago mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/8761/193 $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2016 at 1:07

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nb = EvaluationNotebook[]; 
SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], NotebookAutoSave -> True]; 
Options[nb, NotebookAutoSave]

(* True *)
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    $\begingroup$ Note that the notebook should have a name, i.e., it should have been saved before. $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2016 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ and your computer should be turned on .) $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2016 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ and, if based in Argentine, make sure to set-up an emergency power unit. $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2016 at 18:52

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