# How to redefine a counter defined in a style file?

The style file contains the command

``````\numberwithin{equation}{section}
``````

I would like to have continuous numbering of formulae like (1), (2), etc. Can this be done by a command in the file with the text (that is, without editing the style file), which will switch the already defined numbering to the desired one?

A close question: what should stand in place of ? in the following command

``````\numberwithin{equation}{?}
``````

in order to get continuous numbering?

``````\counterwithout{equation}{section}