Is there a setting for all vias to default to annular rings on start/end/connected only?

As subject indicates.

I know there is the workaround of checking selection of vias only, then draw a rectangle covering the entire board, then E and apply the change. But this workaround is not trouble-free, and it would be great if I can specify a default for that property in vias.

Does this help?
In PCB Editor: Tools - Remove Unused Pads…
Scope: Vias, Action: Remove unused Layers