To set the default scaling values for the \includegraphics command, one can use \setkeys{Gin}{(key)=value)} from the graphicx package. For example, say I put down


This will automatically scale all succeeding \includegraphics commands by the above width value. Is there a way to turn off this setting for certain graphics? That is, is there a way to still use \includegraphics without having the width set as the above?

I'm aware that

\includegraphics{pizza.jpg} %this uses setted values
\includegraphics{pizza.jpg} %this uses normal values

works, but I'm wondering if I can do this without having to surround the \setkeys{Gin} command.

  • \includegraphics[width=2cm]{pizza.jpg} (or the length you want) should override the default value. Never use \begin{group} and \end{group}. – egreg Mar 15 '13 at 23:06
  • What I mean is that I want to \includegraphics{pizza.jpg} in its native setting, i.e., with absolutely no scaling values in place. Something like [width=2cm] only overwrites the scaling value with another one. – Dustin Tran Mar 15 '13 at 23:09

You can use the value stored in \Gin@nat@width, defining a handier interface to it:


\setkeys{Gin}{width=30pt} % exaggerated for the example



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    Sorry, late response! Yes, this works perfectly. By extension, one can do the same for height as well. :) – Dustin Tran Mar 18 '13 at 4:17
  • umm, this doesn't actually turn it off, but sets it do a default value. What I mean is that includegraphics resizes width when only height is given. I have a global default width=\linewidth, but for a particular figure with many images, I want to have a default height and forget about the default width. Using \Gin@nat@width doesn't let includegraphics to adapt width to newer height – Ciprian Tomoiagă Mar 13 '18 at 14:59

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