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normally you write a matrix something like this

\begin{align*}
    \begin{pmatrix}
        ele1 & ele2 & ele3 \\
        longEle1 & longEle2 & longEle3
    \end{pmatrix}
\end{align*}

the elements inside the matrix now will be centred to each other. With this little patch

\makeatletter
\renewcommand*\env@matrix[1][*\c@MaxMatrixCols c]{
    \hskip -\arraycolsep
    \let\@ifnextchar\new@ifnextchar
    \array{#1}
}
\makeatother

one is able to write matrices like this:

\begin{align*}
    \begin{pmatrix}[rrr]
        ele1 & ele2 & ele3 \\
        longEle1 & longEle2 & longEle3
    \end{pmatrix}
\end{align*}

and specify the alignment of the elements this way.

Now I'm searching for a way to redefine the default alignment in the array env (and therefore for matrices too) somehow.

From what I found out, it should be somewhere in the declaration of the array.sty, but up to now, I didn't found it.

I found only this paragraph in the array doc (see https://www.ctan.org/pkg/array, page 31):

@tabarray

This macro tests for an optional bracket and then calls up \@@array or \@@array[c] (as default).

343 〈*package〉344\def\@tabarray{\@ifnextchar[{\@@array}{\@@array[c]}}

But changing this line in the /usr/share/texmf-dist/tex/latex/tools/array.sty (in my version this was in line 324) didn't help.

Does someone know how to do this?

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This way:

\makeatletter
\renewcommand*\env@matrix[1][*\c@MaxMatrixCols r]{%
    \hskip -\arraycolsep
    \let\@ifnextchar\new@ifnextchar
    \array{#1}
}
\makeatother

All the columns will be of type r by default but we can still specify the preamble (eg. ccc).

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  • Could you expand this, so that if necessary you can still specify the formatting?
    – atticus
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 15:27
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    I have changed my post. Commented May 16, 2020 at 15:33
  • Oh sorry that was stupid, didn't saw this little c in my own code, which I'd have to change. Thought this would be something that had to be set for the whole array environment. Thanks a lot.
    – atticus
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 15:35

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