Say I had some good reason to use, for example

SetOptions[Plot,ImageSize->500, LabelStyle->OutrageousPink];

But now sometime has passed, life has changed, and I changed my mind. I don't remember which options I have set for plot, let alone what their default values were. Is there a way to "undo" this?

PS: I know that I can save in advance all the options with plotOptions=Options[Plot], but this requires thinking ahead, which I'm obviously trying to avoid...


2 Answers 2


I saw this somewhere else on here, but I cannot remember where. The simplest method is to use a fresh kernel:

SetOptions[Plot, Axes -> False];
ParallelEvaluate[Options[Plot, Axes]]
(* {{Axes -> True}} *)

then you dispose of the kernel

(* {KernelObject[1, "local", "<defunct>"]} *)
  • $\begingroup$ Something like this was used here, although that was about Attributes, and not Options... (+1) $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Commented Dec 2, 2014 at 4:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Jens yes, that is exactly where I remember seeing it. $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    Commented Dec 2, 2014 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ @rcollyer Probably instead of AbortKernels[] you meant CloseKernels[]... $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexeyPopkov why yes I did. :) $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 12:44

Another option is to use LocalSubmit. Here's a function to do this:

originalOptions[sym_, option_] := Module[{res},
    TaskWait @ LocalSubmit[
        Options[sym, option], 
        HandlerFunctions -> <|"TaskFinished" -> ((res = #["EvaluationResult"])&)|>


SetOptions[Plot, Axes->False];
originalOptions[Plot, Axes]

{Axes -> True}

  • $\begingroup$ which, of course, is a self-contained method of sending it to a parallel kernel. :) $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    Commented Jun 15, 2019 at 23:39

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