|Default user preferences.
|Introduced in version:||1.4.0|
|Removed in version:||still in use|
|Allowed values:||See below.|
|Default value:||See below.|
See also: Manual:Hooks/GetPreferences.
The below changes to LocalSettings.php will override the default user preferences for anonymous visitors and users who have not customized their preferences. Existing user accounts who had the (previous) default option and didn't set it explicitly (which means that it's not stored in the database) will then use the new default.
Note: in the old preferences system, the change affects only anonymous visitors (if relevant) and new accounts.
Available preferences 
The following user preferences are available for customization:
|fancysig||If User uses a custom (raw) signature (0 or 1). If user has not set a custom signature, their signature is controlled by the contents of the wiki page mediawiki:Signature or mediawiki:Signature-anon. If user has specified a custom sig, the actual text of the signature is in the nickname option.|
|rememberpassword||Whether to remember the user's password between sessions.|
|enotifwatchlistpages||E-mail notification to editor if there are changes to a page the editor has on his watchlist. Only used if $wgEnotifWatchlist is set.|
|enotifusertalkpages||E-mail notification to editor if there are changes to the editor's talk page. Only used if $wgEnotifUserTalk is set.|
|enotifminoredits||E-mail notification to editor if there is a minor change to a watched page or user talk page, and the relavent option for sending emails on changes to watched page or user talk page is on. Only used if $wgEnotifWatchlist or $wgEnotifUserTalk are set.|
|enotifrevealaddr||Only used if $wgEnotifRevealEditorAddress and either $wgEnotifWatchlist or $wgEnotifUserTalk are set.|
|gender||Used for gender-correct addressing by the software. This information will be public. Options are: male or female.|
|realname||Default “real name”. Real name is optional. If you choose to provide it, this will be used for giving you attribution for your work. Use $wgHiddenPrefs to disable the real name field in version 1.16+. Use $wgAllowRealName for 1.16-.|
|disablemail||Whether other users can send eMail to this user, if $wgEnableUserEmail is enabled.|
|quickbar||Quickbar location (only applies if using Cologne Blue or Classic skins). Options are: 0 - None, 1 - Fixed left, 2 - Fixed right, 3 - Floating left, 4 - Floating right, 5 (since 1.19) - Left/right depending on your language.|
|skin||Which skin to use. May be false to indicate that the site default (as defined in $wgDefaultSkin) should be used. Older skins used numbers: 0=default, 1=nostalgia, 2=cologneblue|
|math||How to render in-line maths (contents of <math></math> tags). Only applies if $wgUseTeX is set. Options are: 0 - Always render PNG, 1 - Leave it as TeX (for text browsers)|
|imagesize||Size to limit images on description pages to. Values correspond to the entries in $wgImageLimits. By default, 2 is 800*600.|
|thumbsize||Thumbnail size - Values Correspond to the entries in $wgThumbLimits. By default, 2 is 180px.|
|Date and Time|
|date||Date format. Options:
|rows||Edit box size (rows)|
|cols||Edit box size (columns)|
|editsection||Enable section editing via  links|
|previewonfirst||Show preview on first edit|
|previewontop||Show preview before edit box|
|minordefault||Mark all edits minor by default|
|externaleditor||Use external editor by default|
|externaldiff||Use external diff by default|
|uselivepreview||Only used if $wgLivePreview is true.|
|forceeditsummary||Prompt user when entering a blank edit summary|
|editfont||Edit area font style. Options are: default (browser default), monospace, sans-serif, serif.|
|rcdays||Days to show in recent changes|
|rclimit||Maximum number of entries to display in recent changes (truncates
|hideminor||Hide minor edits in recent changes|
|shownumberswatching||Show the number users, who are watching this page (on recent changes, watch list and artice pages). Only used if $wgRCShowWatchingUsers is set.|
|hidepatrolled||Hide patrolled changes in Recent changes|
|newpageshidepatrolled||Hide patrolled pages from New pages|
|watchlistdays||Number of days to show in watchlist (cannot exceed $wgRCMaxAge)|
|extendwatchlist||Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes|
|wllimit||Number of edits to show in expanded watchlist (if 'extendwatchlist' == 1)|
|watchlisthideown||Hide the user's own edits from the watchlist|
|watchlisthidebots||Hide bot edits from the watchlist|
|watchlisthideminor||Hide minor edits from the watchlist|
|watchcreations||Add pages the user creates and files they upload to their watchlist|
|watchlisthideanons||Hide anonymous users' changes from the watchlist|
|watchlisthideliu||Hide logged-in users' changes from the watchlist|
|watchlisttoken||Token of watchlist|
|watchlisthidepatrolled||Hide patrolled changes from the watchlist|
Add pages the user edits to their watchlist, checking the "Watch this page" by default on all edited pages.
This option can be disabled by editors in preferences >> Watchlist tab >> Advanced options section and unchecking "Add pages I edit to my watchlist"
|watchmoves||Add pages the user moves to their watchlist|
|watchdeletion||Add pages the user deletes to their watchlist|
|searchlimit||Hits per page|
|ajaxsearch||Enables AJAX Search (Options are 1 for true and 0 for false)|
|searcheverything||Search in all namespaces|
|searchnamespaces||Add 'searchnamespaces' to $wgHiddenPrefs to prevent users from customizing “namespaces to be searched by default” in their preferences (they will still be able to set which namespaces should be searched on Special:Search). Use $wgNamespacesToBeSearchedDefault to set which namespaces are enabled for searching by default.|
|stubthreshold||Threshold for stub display|
|underline||Whether to underline links. Options are: 0 - never, 1 - always, 2 - browser default|
|highlightbroken||Format broken links as red-underlined links (alternative: with a questionmark as the link, like this?).|
|language||User specific interface language, especialy usefull in conjuction with $wgHiddenPrefs.
Note:This is not to set the wiki's default language. Use $wgLanguageCode instead.
|numberheadings||Option "Auto-numbering Headings", 1 turns on the numbering of all headings within articles|
|showtoc||Boolean. 1 is show the TOC, 0 is hide it.|
|nocache||Disable page caching|
|showhiddencats||Show hidden categories|
|showjumplinks||Enable "jump to" accessibility links|
|diffonly||Don't show page content below diffs|
|norollbackdiff||No diff after rollback|
|Extension:WikiEditor (packaged with MediaWiki 1.18+)|
|usenavigabletoc||Enable navigable table of contents|
|wikieditor-publish||Enable step-by-step publishing|
|wikieditor-preview||Enable side-by-side preview|
|usebetatoolbar||Enable enhanced editing toolbar|
|usebetatoolbar-cgd||Enable dialogs for inserting links, tables and more|
|lqt-watch-threads||Watch threads that I create or reply to (true by default)|
|lqtnotifytalk||Email me on replies to a thread I am watching (false by default)|
- New settings are added to MediaWiki periodically. Some of these settings have been added since $wgDefaultUserOptions was introduced in v1.4.0. Currently there is no documentation about when settings were added.
- It is possible for extensions and language files to add extra toggles to the 'misc' tab. Languages that use this feature should have the setting described here. Extensions should add the information to their extension page.
- This list is not up to date with the latest MediaWiki Version. List options with --list.
Gadget options 
gadget-$gname e.g. gadget-HotCat for MediaWiki:Gadget-HotCat.js
Default values 
Each language sets its own default values for the user preferences in its language file. For example languages that read right-to-left will probably set the quickbar to appear on the right, instead of on the left. The values added to $wgDefaultUserOptions are overrides, i.e. if the value exists here then it will take precedence, but settings may be omitted from the array in which case the language's default value will be used.
In versions of MediaWiki prior to 1.8.0 the default value of this setting was simply an empty array, with the current language providing the default values.
From version 1.8.0 onwards, only the language-specific settings were overridden in the language file, so most settings are now explicitly set in
From version 1.19 (r91432), the overrides by the language files were removed because they didn't work, and the features that used them, like quickbar, have been done differently and better.
To disable section editing links by default (for new and anonymous users), set the following in LocalSettings.php:
$wgDefaultUserOptions['editsection'] = 0;
Add pages the user edits to their watchlist by default:
$wgDefaultUserOptions['watchdefault'] = 1;
If the preference is of type multiselect, things are a bit more complicated. The key for each default user option is the concatenation of the preference key with the option key. For example if the preference key is 'favoritecolors' and the option key is 'red', the default user option key would be 'favoritecolorsred'. In this hypothetical scenario, if you wanted to have red and yellow selected by default, you would use:
$wgDefaultUserOptions['favoritecolorsred'] = 1; $wgDefaultUserOptions['favoritecolorsyellow'] = 1;
If the preference is of type checkmatrix, things are even more complicated. The key for each default user option is the concatenation of the preference key with the column key and row key, separated with hyphens. For example if the preference key is 'favoritecars' and the column key is 'red' and the row key is 'corvette', the default user option key would be 'favoritecars-red-corvette'. In this hypothetical scenario, if you wanted to have red Corvette and black Jetta selected by default, you would use:
$wgDefaultUserOptions['favoritecars-red-corvette'] = 1; $wgDefaultUserOptions['favoritecars-black-jetta'] = 1;
See also 
- userOptions.php - Changing the user options of existing users
|Language:||English • 日本語|