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I am a novice to Mathematica (using v10.2) and was wondering why:

SetOptions[SelectedNotebook[], NotebookAutoSave -> True]

does not switch on Autosave when I check in Global Preferences -> File Options? It works in that my works is autosaved but it does not check as true under file options.

Any help would be really appreciated.

PS I found this command: CurrentValue[FrontEnd, "NotebookAutoSave"] = True which does turn Autosave as true and does the job but as a newbie to Mathematica I don't know why this is the case. Am I missing something here?

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the overview. Hope someone answers this one. $\endgroup$ – jbond Sep 4 '15 at 4:31
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    $\begingroup$ With the code you used it is not a global setting, but just for the selected notebook (there is a drop down menu in the options inspector to look at that specifically) $\endgroup$ – Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 4 '15 at 6:40
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah I thought of it through the night and arrived at a similar conclusion but thank you for backing up my conjecture. Really appreciated. $\endgroup$ – jbond Sep 4 '15 at 19:02

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