{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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I have a verbatim text in specific sized box?

I am trying to typset the following \resizebox{0.95\textwidth}{!}{% \begin{verbatim} require( "lattice" ) require( "grid" ) \end{verbatim} } I have a lot more to add to this box, and it needs ...
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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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What is a “Overfull \hbox (9.89561pt too wide)”?

I have this warnings around, some of them seems to be solved naturally but I never really understand what do they mean. What this means? Edit: I would like to keep the question in more general ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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\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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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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Creating uniformly sized boxes around text

I want to put individual words in to boxes next to each other. I've used the \framebox command, but this has produced different sized boxes around each word. How could I get all the boxes to be the ...
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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} ...
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How to define a command that produces a different savebox depending on the argument

I'd like to define a sequence of saveboxes \fooA, \fooB, etcetera, in a style file and introduce a command like \newcommand{\foo}[1]{....} which produces \usebox{\fooA} if the argument of \foo is 1, ...
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Expansion of macros and box contents

I don't understand the following behavior. Intro First, here is a simplified version of a macro I am using (which is itself a hacked version of a macro found in gloss.tex). If you have a string ...
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Beamer overlay box around text - the correct way?

I have something that "works," but I'm wondering if there's a more elegant solution. I want to box some text after an itemize in beamer, so this is what I'm doing: \documentclass{beamer} ...
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Is it possible to remove (or otherwise nullify) a whatsit node from a box?

I am aware that it is not generally possible to modify the contents of a box (as per http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/49903/17427), though I believe it is sometimes possible to "unbox" material and hack ...
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Text in subscript

For my text-in-mathmode needs in LaTeX, I use \mbox. However, it does not seem to behave well in subscripts. How can I write text that adjusts its height? $ 3 \mbox{dB} = f_{ 3 \mbox{dB} } $ ...
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Adding overfull hbox 'slugs' to final document version

I'm using a documentclass which looks dramatically different in draft mode compared to final. I'm preparing my document for the final formatting, so I don't want to pass the draft option. However I ...
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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 do I backcolor in verbatim?

I have some code I want to typeset as verbatim (lstlisting would be ok as well) - but I want to highlight some parts of it via a different background color, i.e. something like this: \begin{verbatim} ...
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What's the difference between ~ and {\mbox{$~$}}

I'm looking at the source code of a book where I found: D.{\mbox{$~$}}Knuth What's the purpose of this?
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\hbox_overlap_right:n{} vs. \makebox[0pt][l]{}

I stumbled about some, to my understanding, unexpected behaviour of the expl3 command \hbox_overlap_right:n. I was expecting all examples below to produce the same result, that is, the frame box ...
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Partially transparent text box

I am trying to make a poster using beamer. Can any one please reply me, my question is: How can I make my boxes partially transparent so that my background will be visible through the boxes?