{automation} is about automating certain tasks when creating a (La)TeX document, e.g., with the help of {packages}, custom {macros} or {tools} for {compiling}.

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Obtain location of typeset expressions

I'm researching for a project I have in mind, that will typeset expressions and then allow some degree of navigating the expression e.g. selecting subexpressions. I'd like to be able to not reinvent ...
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How to automatically arrange an unknown number of images?

I have several compilable LaTeX input files and their corresponding PDF files. Each PDF file contains any number of pages. I want to import each LaTeX input file with \lstinputlisting followed by its ...
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Detecting all pages which contain color

In an larger LaTeX document there are often only some pages with color content (mainly figures) and the remaining ones are only black and white. Because printing costs for color pages are much higher ...
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Automating a graph drawing procedure

Here it is: I want to draw a big graph, say 50 vertices and ~200 edges. I'm getting the edges from the output of GAP, a programme for computational algebra. As it is, I have no idea what the graph ...
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Can Texmaker, as I'm typing, automatically create a preview of the document's PDF output?

Currently, I have to use the F1 key to get PDF output. I want to set up Texmaker so that it automatically shows me an in-IDE preview of the PDF file that my .tex file compiles to...as I type. How ...
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How do I Auto-Label Hyperref Fillable Forms \TextField?

Is there any way to put an automatic label into the hyperref package's \TextField parameters field like this: \newcounter{lexemeCounter} ...
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Incompatibilities with and alternatives to nath

I just discovered the existence of nath to auto-size mathematical expressions. But I also read that it has many incompatibilities and it also doesn't seem to be maintained anymore (last update was ...
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Include chapters using foreach

I have seperate .tex files in a directory named chapters in the main directory. I would like to include/input those. After some research a solution like the one below could be possible. Unfortunately ...
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Texstudio quick start wizard options managing

My aim was to add some language packages to the quick start wizard. Thus I cliqued the plus symbol of the 'other options' option. Then I was asked to type in this new option: Thinking that it was ...
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Automatic missing package download on the Mac

Is there a LaTeX distribution for the Mac which has or comes close to MiKTeX's ability to download missing packages automatically?
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Automatically check whether all symbols are listed in the nomenclature

Sometimes, I write long documents with a huge amount of abbreviations and mathematical symbols. Up to now, I used to check manually if all of them were declared in the nomenclature, which is a very ...
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Automatical title section in beamer only on the first frame after \section

I'm trying to make that the title of the last section appears as frametitle only on the first frame after each \section{...} code. Now, i'm doing it manually with this code : \newcommand{\TS}[0]{ ...
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Automatic numbering TikZ figure exported from Geogebra

In my book, I have to draw a lot of figure by Geogebra and then exported to LaTeX. I used to numbering them by a caption below but sometimes I have to add more figures among them, so there is a huge ...
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Automatically generate graphics which shows light diffusion on a rough surface

I just want to make an image like this (using tikz or pstricks) of light reflexion and diffusion: What I am interested in is, how this can be done (semi)-automatically via tikz or pstricks: ...
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Automating Lettrine

I know this topic has been touched on here and other places on the web, but it doesn't seem anyone has come up with a good solution. What I would like is to apply lettrine to a paragraph so it always ...
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How would you typeset this type of programming documentation?

Consider, for example, this pdf document which defines the standard for the C programming language. The description of the library functions follows a fixed structure composed of three sections, as ...
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Is LaTeX intended for unattended typesetting?

With markup converters like Pandoc, it has now become possible to generate LaTeX documents without ever touching any LaTeX code. However, obtaining aesthetic page breaks for slightly complex ...
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Generating a table of glyphs with XeTeX

I am trying to get XeTeX to generate a table of all the possible glyphs of a given font, but can not figure out how to make XeTeX know how many glyphs the font has, so I have to specify an exact ...
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Automatically generating table using \multido

First: This question is similar to Generate rows in table using \multido (or something similar). Consider the following code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{siunitx} \usepackage{multido} ...
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How can I label forest nodes automatically, adding labels as prefixes to nodes' content exactly once?

I was trying to figure out how you might get forest to label the nodes in a diagram such as the one featured in this question automatically. So, the idea is that: level 0: content of node should be ...
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Documenting on code revisions

I have made modifications to a few files of a C++ program. I would like to document on these changes in a nice LaTeX report, by showing exactly what I modified and explaining why I did so. Since ...
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text autocompletion on latex editor

I have a list of text snippets which I use frequently eg To whom so ever it may concern, as soon as possible, Feelfree to contact me on . Most tex editors allow command completion. Is there any way I ...
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Is there a macro telling which OS we're using?

I got some LaTeX documents that I have to compile them under different TeX Live, such as MacTeX or TeX Live. But in different OS, the font seems different too, for example, while in Windows, I prefer ...
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`fancyhdr` and automatic line length

I want to create a template for notes and I was thinking to use fancyhdr package. So far I face two problems: [1] I don't want the header in the first page, but only the footer [2] I would like to ...
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Is there a way to know how often latex has already run? [duplicate]

A few days ago, I have seen an example of a latex file, that did conditional \defs on subsequent runs but I can't find that one again. I still remember that it was by looking into the \jobname.aux do ...
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How can I automate the workflow for producing multiple versions of a document? [duplicate]

Say you have two versions of the same LaTeX document. For instance, you have one version of your lecture slides for actually delivering a lecture: as you're really not a big fan of the "wall of ...
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using AutoHotKey to streamline LaTeX document authoring

Is it possible to use AutoHotKey to facilitate LaTeX document authoring? In which ways? Is there any off the shelf AutoHotKey script for this purpose?
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Passing parameters to a document

I compile most of my documents via Makefiles which take care of the bibliography, indexes, etc. Often I'd like to compile different versions from the same TeX file changing only small things (e.g. a ...
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Very smart parentheses?

This is a follow up question of Smart parentheses? In the above mention question, the parentheses are smart so that they change they form depending on the nesting level. I wonder if it would be ...
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Are there some tools to automate the final submission to IEEE?

I got a mail from the editor of the IEEE TEC journal where he explains the procedures which are needed to finalize the submission to the journal: The IEEE requires that you submit the following ...
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Creating procedurally generated nodes in TikZ

I am relatively new to TikZ, and have been hacking together figures as I need them for uni assignments from various examples on the internet. Now I am moving into research, I am having to write a lot ...
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Multiple pdf outputs with template

I have some 84 files S1-5.tex, S1-6.tex, S1-7.tex, S1-8.tex, S2-1.tex, S2-2.tex like these which only contain content. The templ.tex file contains the preamble. I need to generate 84 pdf files ...
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Automatically copy items from the last list

In crypto, proof involves a sequence of games. Each game contains a list of lines. Adjacent games are almost the same except for a small number of lines (usually 1). I used to copy the old game to the ...
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Automatically determine numbers of pages with figures

I'd like to get a list of all the pages in my document that have figures on them. Specifically, the page numbers in the PDF file that is created from my LaTeX document. This would allow me to print ...
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Automatically include a sequence of images

I want to include a sequence of images in Beamer (although it can be in another type of document). Something similar to the option Photo Album in LibreOffice and MS PowerPoint. What I did is to make ...
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Automatically Adding Potentially Referenced Macros From Auxillary File

In this question someone asked if there was any way to eliminate user defined macros from a TeX document and replace them with the appropriate primitives. The answer seemed to be that while some ...
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Is there a TeX-native way to generate a readable graph from an adjacency matrix?

related questions This question goes the opposite way from the conversion I would like: Matrix from graph description This question is almost what I want, but the vertex coordinates are manually ...
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List of figures that have a certain “property” I set

Note: This question differs from other similar custom-list questions because each of my environments-of-interest can have multiple keywords, and I only want to generate a list pertaining to one ...
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How to set up automatic build in Emacs

I've done this with Texclipse in Eclipse using a script that is called after every edit or refresh. I wonder if this is possible in Emacs? For Emacs, I manually compile by calling M-x tex-compile ...
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How to automatically include several text documents into a LaTeX document?

I have several .txt or .dat files, whose names are of the form: dn-ddmmyyyy.txt. For instance: d0-01021989.txt d1-21021989.txt d2-15021994.txt d3-12121996.txt d4-14032014.txt d5-22022035.txt ...many ...
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Replace lambdas by bold lambdas in a macro

I am looking for a way to replace \lambda by \bm\lambda in some of my expressions. This is what I tried, without success: % arara: pdflatex \documentclass{article} \usepackage{bm} ...
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LaTeX packages for use with revision control

I use revision control (Subversion, to be exact) to keep track of the edits to my LaTeX documents. Is there a LaTeX package that interfaces with revision control? Specifically, it would be nice to see ...
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Reading and (custom) formatting a CSV (not \csvautotabular)

Suppose I have a really long, really boring list of data in - let's say CSV, but converting to other formats is an option, when this can be done automatically - and I want to prepare a section in my ...
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Auto-Compile after any modification in WinEdt

Is there any way to make WinEdt to automatically re-compile after any modification in TeX file? I know that it is possible to do it using third-party codes like it is explained here: Why can Bakoma ...
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References from auto generated images are wrong

In the following I generate labels for some figures that are auto-generated \usepackage{varioref} \newcounter{figurecounter}\setcounter{figurecounter}{1} \let\endF\endfigure \renewcommand\endfigure{% ...
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Iterate through folder foreach picture, possible?

Is it possible to iterate through a folder containing pictures while first filtering file extension tikz,png,pdf or eps, and then getting a list of filenames of the directory for use in a for loop, ...
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How to automate introduction of section titles in book

I'm using Spundun's method for automating inputing the entries in a diary, in turn inspired by Peter Grill (Using LaTeX to keep a diary), and I would like to add section dividers by year. This should ...
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Using Lua in listed elements (List of Figures, List of Tables, List of Content)

I am not sure if I use the wrong approach or if this is an issue in LuaLaTex in general. I tried to integrate some internationalization (I18n) to our documentation framework using Lua. Long story, ...
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to ...
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Find and match corresponding arXiv preprints and journal articles

Many works are published on a preprint server such as the arXiv before publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the arXiv can be updated during the peer-review process, it is common to find ...