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I am creating multiple TikZ pictures within one document and would like to set the default style of arrow heads for all the pictures to the latex style, i.e. like -latex does, so that I don't have to do this every time I draw an arrow.

I'm new to TikZ, but have searched and must not be choosing the correct terms.

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You can use >=latex to specify the latex arrow tip, and \tikzset to set it globally. This will be overridden by any local definitions of the arrow tip.

\draw [>=stealth,red] (0,.6) -- +(1,0);
\draw [blue] (0,.3) -- +(1,0);
\draw (0,0) -- +(1,0);

enter image description here

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Thanks, just what I needed! – JohnD May 7 '12 at 15:38

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