How can I know the list of predefined functions ? Because often when I'm defining a function it already exist as c[n,k] gives $\binom{n}{k}$, and I also had problem with defining a function F. In general, is it possible to erase all functions ?

  • $\begingroup$ To find out if a function is built-in, search the documentation. For your example, search for Factorial in the documentation. Looking at the See Also sections shows Binomial which is the built-in function for which you are looking. $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Jan 27 '18 at 15:14

Erasing all functions would be catastrophic. You can find out if a symbol f has a definition by evaluating:


All symbols with built-in definitions have names that start with capital letters or "$", so the common convention is to start your own symbols with lower case letters.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, it's very helpfull :-) $\endgroup$
    – Surb
    Jan 27 '18 at 15:09

It seems from the examples that it is the symbols the user has previously defined, either manually or through init.m etc., that are at issue.

ClearAll["Global`*"] or Clear["Global`*"] are in the docs of those commands under "Generalizations & Extensions". These clear all symbols you have used (in the default global context). Built-in functions are in the System` context and will not be affected by these. Both commands clear any definitions/values, but ClearAll in addition clears other things such as Attributes. Some people use Quit[], which quits the kernel (and effectively restarts it).

This will show you which symbols you have used have definitions:

Pick[Names["Global`*"], GeneralUtilities`HasDefinitionsQ /@ Names["Global`*"]]

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