Frequently we see configuration options with a hierarchical structure, often shown in a tree view. When enabling a parent option, all of the child options are enabled. When disabling the parent option, all of the child options are disabled. A user may be able to enable a subset of child options without "fully" enabling the parent option.
I am writing instructions/documentation and would like to explain this behavior in a simple, concise manner.
"Enabling or disabling the parent option, by
__________, enables or disables all child options as well."
I've thought of "by design," "by association;" but neither of these express my meaning as intended.
What would be an appropriate word to use here, or a proposed rewrite of the statement to accomplish my goal?