In Mathematica 11.0 I want to temporarily change the behavior of error messages via code.

user interface log messages option in settings menu

I tried the following code:

(* Disable warnings, but "Ignore" is not a valid value *)
SetOptions[$FrontEnd, MessageOptions -> {"ConsoleMessageAction" -> "Ignore"}]
(* do some stuff... *)
(* re-enable warnings, "PrintToConsole" is a valid value *)
SetOptions[$FrontEnd, MessageOptions -> {"ConsoleMessageAction" -> "PrintToConsole"}]

Re-enabling works, but I can't turn the warnings off. The first command gives the error message

The specified setting for the option MessageOptions, ConsoleMessageAction cannot be used.

How can I find out the proper value for "ConsoleMessageAction" for setting it to Ignore?


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You can observe what changes when you set it to Ignore:

Dynamic @ CurrentValue[
   $FrontEnd, {MessageOptions, "ConsoleMessageAction"}

And you will see that the corresponding value is an empty list: {};

Another way would be to parse the content of the Preferences.nb dialog but that wasn't necessary here.


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