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I was recently introduced to LaTeX but I cannot find any resources online for beginners like me. I need a how-to kind of a resource for basic functionality. Pardon my vagueness. I currently have no knowledge of it but I am willing to learn.

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marked as duplicate by Jesse, Claudio Fiandrino, Sean Allred, Peter Jansson, Heiko Oberdiek Feb 20 '14 at 15:28

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But I cannot find any resources online for beginners like me see this question which would help… "What is the best book to start learning LaTeX?" – Nasser Feb 20 '14 at 8:17
I recommend the series from Dickimaw LaTeX Books (also as dickimaw on CTAN). – Thorsten Donig Feb 20 '14 at 9:03
It really depends on exactly what you want to use TeX for. Will you be report writing, making presentations, writing a novel etc.? If you could provide some context/specific examples that would be very helpful. But here are a couple of useful links LaTeX for Complete Novices and Latex Thesis – cjms85 Feb 20 '14 at 14:05
I would still call this a duplicate of Q11, but keep an eye on; it's aimed to be a compendium of actual examples (similar to's TikZ examples; no official affiliation). – Sean Allred Feb 20 '14 at 14:33

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“the latex companion” has already been mentioned; it’s a good book, but i don’t think of it as a introduction. it is also online at the publisher’s site

for a beginner online text, i regularly recommend “a short introduction to latex”, which is available in lots of languages — the english version is on ctan (the tex materials archive)

finally, the uk tex faq has a rambling list of such stuff.

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In addition to the reference book mentioned by Yuan Ma, The LaTeX Companion, you'll find many online resources at and on this page of The TeX Catalogue on line.

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My recommendation for textbook is "The Latex Companion", this is a really good book for you to learn LaTex, no matter you are the beginner or already have a lot of experience. Amazon link is here:

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How To Tex has a fine collection of important topics, refer to "12 great resources for getting started with latex", note the sections "Tutorials and Guides" and "LaTeX installation". If you are interested in mathematics there is an entry example with all the necessary files and some good links.

... and use the search function on this page.

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