{boxes} are the units used by (La)TeX to construct a page by pasting them together horizontally or vertically. A single character from a font is a box, as are the lines of type and the eventual page.

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How to Produce a Half-Box Symbol?

Does anyone know how to produce a half-box symbol in LaTeX which comprises a bar over an entire expression and a vertical line on the right meeting in the corner, like the top and the right edge of a ...
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A version of colorbox that works inside math environments

I'd like to highlight particular parts of an amsmath environment. Here's a minimal working example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath,color} \newcommand{\abs}[1]{\lvert#1\rvert} ...
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How can I box multiple aligned equations?

This question is two-fold. In my document, I currently have boxes around single equations like so: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{equation} ...
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Suggestions on how to place a sentence of text inside a box with a border around it

I have an "XYZ's Law" quote that I'd like to show somewhere on a page vertically centered in a box with some form of simple border around it. Basically I'm trying to achieve the LaTeX equivalent of ...
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“Incompatible list can't be unboxed” with memoir class and many box registers

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{memoir} %% Create 123 box registers \newcount\X \X=1 \loop \expandafter\newbox\csname mybox\the\X\endcsname \advance \X by 1 \ifnum \X<124 \repeat %% ...
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How do I put card backs on my cards?

I have a a document that is making me sheets of cards. A stripped down, almost minimal example looks something like \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} %Needed for input ...
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\underfullrule?

I always use something like \overfullrule=1mm when I am writing Latex documents. I do read all warnings regarding overfull \hboxes, but I still prefer the visual output that very clearly shows exactly ...
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Measure total glue in a box

Someone gives me a box, and my goal is to know as much as possible about the amount of glue inside that box. I can assume that the box is not huge, but it may contain arbitrary stuff (so I cannot ...
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In LaTeX, make a box with the width of another text

I am looking for a command like \makebox{text to set width}[c]{new text} which would make a box with the width of text to set width containing ____new text____ centered.
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A \boxed alternative with nicer spacing?

I like using \boxed to emphasize my answers in homework problem sets. However, whenever I use superscripts/exponents inside the box, the box becomes taller than it seems it should. This causes two ...
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How can I insert a newline in a framebox?

I have several frameboxes in my document, using the following command: \framebox(115,115){ R-Sq: \newline For example} I want to force a new line, but neither \newline or \\ appear to work. Is ...
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How to box verbatim to prevent page break?

If I try \mbox{ \begin{verbatim} Some looooong text... \end{verbatim} } Then some compilation errors occur.
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Savebox and usebox unexpected behaviour for the box with index 10

I have found that when saving and later using boxes the box with index 10 behaves differently to all other. Here is simple demo that shows different behaviour. In preamble I define this commands: ...
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\newenvironment issues with environment comment

I am trying to setup the formatting for a LaTeX document (it's got the class memoir), so that it would be fairly simple to add to it in the future. Two of the features I'd like are: Be able to mark ...
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LaTeX Beamer Block “Sandwich Style”

How can I create a block in LaTeX Beamer in "Sandwich Style", i.e., that has both a title and a footer. Ideally, the background colors could even be different. Here is an illustration (with incorrect ...
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Multi-line box around a sentence in a paragraph

I am trying to draw a polygon box around a sentence within a paragraph. This box would wrap over multiple lines and terminate exactly at the end of the sentence (i.e. without white space filling the ...
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Is \c_empty_box intended to be used instead of \mbox{}

At a first glance, I understood \c_empty_box as a replacement of \mbox{} but the following MWE (that points out a weird behavior of \c_empty_box: it is replaced by "æ") gives me serious doubts. ...
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Sample example of box in latex

Could someone make this picture in sample code in LaTeX and please make it in different style with different colors. Here is my attempt: \fbox{ \parbox{\linewidth}{ This example will show ...
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How to create command for a box where text inside the box can automatically adjust?

I have a problem on how I can make my command right. I created a box where the text will be inside it when used but something went wrong when I prolong the text it turn out like this: Code: ...
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How can I wrap each page of a document with a box that has a caption?

I have a LaTeX document that contains proprietary information. I need to print a version of the document that has a box around the text with a disclaimer (something to the effect of "Proprietary ...
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How can I insert a paragraph or image into the same spot on every page of a memoir doc?

How can I duplicate one feature of this layout from 'House of Leaves' in a 100ish-page book using LaTeX? (I'm presently using memoir for document formatting/structure.) The specific feature I want ...
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Underfull \vbox in each longtable… can it be fixed or must it be ignored?

I got some strange "underfull \vbox (badness 10000) detected at line ..." warnings, obviously at each of my "longtable"s. Is there a way to fix them (I actually don't see the cause) or do I have to ...
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Colored box in new environment

I have a problem, I'm fairly new to LaTeX but I think I got the basics. My problem is that wants to create a environment that can create a minipage with a background color and some text in it. I can ...
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Determining the position of a box (e.g.) on a page

Suppose I have some .tex code like this ... bla bla \framebox{Hello World} bla bla ... I want to read out the position (left and top or bottom, in pts) of the framebox on the page, and store in, ...
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Frame around text and figure

Consider the following TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT Figure~\ref{fig:foo} TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT \begin{figure} \centering \includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{foo} \caption{This is foo.} ...
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How to create a 'fact box' or pull quote that is tied to the margins of your page?

I'd like to accomplish the following: Ut convallis libero in ------------------- urna ultrices accumsan. | | Donec sed odio eros. | "an important | Donec viverra mi quis ...
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How to define a new environment with a fancy box (tikz) around sample source-code (listings)?

This is what I want to do: \documentclass{beamer} \begin{document} \begin{frame}[fragile]{Frame 1} Some \structure{Python} code here: % I want to define a new "pythoncode" environment, so ...
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Measure a very large \vbox

I would like to measure the total height of a \vbox even for boxes which are larger than \maxdimen. It would be enough, if the code would compute the total height correctly only for small boxes. For ...
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Reading the contents of a box

Is it possible to take a box and retrieve the following information from it: A list of all "top level" internal boxes; All intervening space (kerns and glue: did I forget another type of space?)? ...
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Handling overflows in biblatex bibliographies

I'm finally making the transition to biblatex. This is a remarkable package, and has allowed me to cut out quite a bit of old code I used to use to handle eprints, DOIs, crossref mapping problems, ...
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Peek ahead a \vbox: \vsplit and reassemble again?

I'm wondering if it's possible to implement a peek method to inspect the head of a \vbox without changing the content of the \vbox. It could be done by brute force using a \copy of the original \vbox, ...
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How to set a box to a rubber length width

Problem I'm trying to create fancy section heading using titlesec. I need to put the section name into a \parbox to have line breaks. I want the parbox to extend to the far right margin, but I don't ...
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Relative padding of a minipage's paragraph

Background Created a custom command for rendering quotations (epigraphs). Problem The text in the following image has no space at the border: The word "and" is flush with the right margin. Code ...
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How do I get an empty box on each page?

I'd like to have an empty box on the bottom of my pages in a certain chapter. I've messed around with wrapfigure and kinda sorta gotten something that looks okay, but I'd like to do it properly so I ...
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How to fit text in a box of given size?

Say I want to typeset small piece of text as a logo/motto/slogan or whatever. The text is not much longer than "Lorem Ipsum Dolor". I want this to fit tightly in a box of certain size (e.g. 7x2cm). ...
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Why \usebox (is it vestigial)?

Despite my inflammatory title, I understand that \usebox is employed to display a predefined box. But this question concerns when [the use of the box register, rather than the box content] becomes ...
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Get a box with zero depth including some text

How to get a box including some text in text mode, which depth 0pt?
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Drawing LaTeX boxes

I want to write something like in the attached file. In particular I want the box to be flexible in such a way that it can contain the text -- both in the small box and the bigger one. Any help ...
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Align text on top of a framebox

I am trying to create a series of boxes so that my students can input there id number for there final exam. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{tikz} \newsavebox{\idbox} ...
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Framed box, over framed text with image

Hi all, I'm a newby in LaTeX but after researching online, I have seen that it is possible to create boxes and frames adjusted to text and images. I am trying to achieve something like the image, ...
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Is there a way to set a parbox to a minimum height?

I'm looking for a way to make it so that my \parboxes keep a minimum height, similar to CSS min-height, e.g. \mhparbox{\textwidth}{3cm}{...} would ensure that whatever text appears in place of ..., ...
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Box with adaptive length

When I want to put formulas into boxes, I like the box to adapt to the length of my formula. For example, I don't want to put $1+1=2$ in a very large box. To address this, I use the command \encadrer ...
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Set size of \colorbox for a single character

my question is simple (or not) I want to set the size of the \colorbox command or \fcolorbox command for a single character. The problem is the next: As seen in the image, the height and width are ...
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Listing background broken by \colorbox and \framebox

I am using listing environment (listings package) with the background parameter. I want to highlight some lines of code and I am using the \colorbox, \makebox and \framebox to achieve this. However, a ...
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Why do I need a '\vspace{0pt}` to align a table and a figure along the bottom line when using '\vbox' and '\hbox'?

Recently, I fiddled with placing a table and a figure next to each other such that their bottom parts aligned with each other. I managed to do by using \vbox and \hbox, but there is one thing that ...
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How to avoid underfull vbox in combination with \vsplit?

In the following example I am using the command \vsplit. I can't see the reason why \vsplit produced an overfull \vbox \documentclass{article} \parindent0pt \def\exampletext{Text Text Text Text Text ...
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Best way to create colored text boxes

I am retyping some old exams into LaTeX, and I encountered the page below Now with some clever commands, and whatnot I was able to create something almost identical. Though the spacing is a tad ...
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Stretching a framebox over the whole page

Does anyone know how to stretch a (framed) box down to the end of the page? In effect something like \documentclass{scrartcl} \begin{document} sometext ...
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Beamer: content in box register does not survive \end{frame}

Consider the following example (I edited the example to include LaTeX lrbox environment): \documentclass{beamer} \newsavebox\mybox \newsavebox\myboxb \begin{document} \frame{ \sbox\mybox{Hello ...
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Adjust font size on-the-fly

In my document I want to emphasize some key points by placing them in a box with rounded corners. This I do using the following code: \documentclass{report} \usepackage{fancybox} \begin{document} ...