{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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Colorbox with complex content in Beamer

Here is my problem. I try to create a macro that displays a colored background for "any" kind of elements in a beamer presentation. Here is what I did : \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{xcolor} ...
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Use of optional argument stretch in \parbox

I'm having some difficulty on how to use the "stretch" optional argument of \parbox. Is it supposed to equally interspace lines of text inside a box of determined size? If I code it like: ...
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How can I write this expression with box using MathJAX? [closed]

I'm a beginner of LaTeX. I'm trying to write below expression using MathJAX. I could write expression without box using array package. But I couldn't draw a box within array. Can you help me please? ...
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Centering two images but aligning them left

How would I place two images below each other so that their left sides are aligned and the whole construction is centered? I tried like this: ...
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Wrapper box for TikZ picture

I am trying to wrap a tikzpicture node inside a box, so that I can refer to this "bounding box" from inside the picture for positioning the nodes relative to that box. I am looking for a command ...
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Fixed text line height?

I have two minipages and the problem that the height of a text line depends on the characters I am using. How can I always have the same height for a text line in a minipage? I have used Tikz to ...
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Measure the column width of a table

Is there a way to determine the width of the first column in a tabular enviroment? I've thought about using a savebox but that would only give me the size of the text (and in one cell only), not the ...
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Equations in a box - table doesn't work

I want to put some limit equations in a table but all I get are errors such as "! Missing $ inserted." and "! You can't use `\eqno' in math mode.". Am I doing something wrong or is there another way ...
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Vertically align the top of a box to the top of the tallest box of a line

This is a follow-up question on this thread. I want to mark a line by putting a star to the left of it. If the line contains a box that is tall, the marker should be aligned with the top of this ...
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Bounding box for each symbol in an equation

Is it possible to make LaTeX put a bounding box around each element in an equation, as in this file? I am aware of this question, but none of the solutions presented there, which does not require ...
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Using boxes to define an adjusting (Dirac) bracket

I'd like to define a set of adjusting bracket, called in physics Dirac brackets. This brackets accept three arguments, separated by vertical lines, and all of them are enclosed by angles, e.g. in ...
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Only display savebox if own command is given

I'm experiencing a quite complicated and hard-to-explain problem: I'm using own commands that create and fill saveboxes if they are called in the main tex file. Like this: ...
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Color bleeding when using \vsplit for a box with colored text

I want to \vsplit a box with quite arbitrary content. If the content does some color changes, strange things happen. The following MWE demonstrates the problem. The example text changes font and ...
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Message Sequence chart

I'm drawing a sequencediagram with LaTeX. By now it looks like this: Is it possible to remove the grey boxes? Is it possible to put a space between handshake and ws.connect? This is my Code: ...
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how can I make an fbox like command with certain color, shape and width of border?

I am using a style file that has a certain color for section headers. I want to create a macro, which will behave the same like fbox, only: There will be some (predefined) padding below, above, ...
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Beamer: Overfull hbox in headline

I try to redefine the header of my frames, but for some mysterious reason I get an overfull hbox of 1.6 points or slightly more: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{times} ...
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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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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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Lines with `shorten >` don't count towards image size [duplicate]

I use the technique mentioned here to extend a line through two points: using shorten > and shorten < with negative values. However, the part of the lines that is generated by theses shorten ...
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boxed verbatim environment disappears

I want to center a box containing a verbatim environment. The (almost)MWE below is my attempt to use the answer at center /verbatim text in /figure . \documentclass{article} \usepackage{verbatimbox} ...
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Change direction of a textbox, taking up space from above instead from below

I am designing a custom theme for my LaTeX presentations. This is my title page: Now when I have a longer title, this happens: Here's my code (according to this post): \defbeamertemplate*{title ...
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Reduce space between header and headrule

Problem I'm trying to create fancy headers for my documents using fancyhdr. I want the headrule to be dotted, which can be achieved using \renewcommand{\headrule}{\vbox to 0pt{\hbox ...
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Graphical placeholder for “variables”

Question The image below exactly shows what I am trying to accomplish in LaTeX. Research Using \fbox (as Peter Grill suggested in this post): \documentclass[]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} ...
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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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What does $\mbox$ do?

The LaTeX wiki says it makes a box, but when I used it with \mbox{Cos} for example, it simply wrote "Cos" in the same way that writing Cos by itself would have done. What's the point of \mbox?
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Breaking Page with Boiboites Package TikZ

I have a problem with package Boiboites I'm writting an exercise enunciate with this package who occupies more than one page, but i cannot break the page. Here's the code: ...
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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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Unwanted extra vertical spacing with tikz: is it a bug?

I am writing an environment to format its content in a box with a background and that can be split across pages. I am using a splitting algorithm similar to the one used in the boites package. I want ...
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Diary in Latex with additional notes on side

I am trying to make a diary that will have the following format Each entry will be inside a colored box Each entry will have a title with the date and an optional title I want the possibility to add ...
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Using \parbox in \resizebox

I tried resizing a \parbox-d text into a 5cm x 5cm square box (without keeping the aspect ratio). The output is absolutely strange to me, even if I don't specify the height. Couldn't find the ...
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Can I disable underfull \hbox messages for a specific line?

The line \sbox{\mybox}{\parbox{2cm}{\lipsum[1]}} causes some of the above messages (59): \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} \newsavebox{\mybox} \begin{document} ...
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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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Insert text into a fixed size box

Is there a way to create a box which has fixed width and height? I tried \parbox and some similar things, but sometimes the text overflows. If the text inserted would overflow: it should be resized ...
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Using savebox around the BODY of environ

I tried to use a \savebox around the \BODY macro of \NewEnviron. Can I keep the linebreaks somehow (they are gone, in the MWE)? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{environ} \newsavebox{\mybox} ...
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Tikz lines intersect boxes

Today I just started to learn how to use the Tikz package for drawing flow-charts. I've been reading through the manual and a few online sites such as our beloved TeX.SE, but I can't seem to figure ...
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Package for game/playing cards (not only poker)

Is there a package to design playing cards (NOT ONLY POKER and similar card games, but board games like this and that) in TeX (and friends)? I'm well aware of this one and a half years old topic ...
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Implement functionality equivalent to many thousand \savebox

I have a large (approx 600 pages) index of files, and for each file entry significant computation is required so that additional links can be added. The computation of these links takes quite a bit ...
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siunitx overfull hbox dependent on table-format

There are a few similar questions (see here and here) regarding overfull \hboxes in siunitx tables but neither solves/explains the following. Consider this MWE: \documentclass{article} ...
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Spacing within a box, relative to the page

I am attempting to place a textbox precisely 75mm from the top edge of a page (to correspond with a cut-out on the cover). On printing this out, I noticed I was getting positioning problems, so got ...
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Vertically stack parboxes in a cell of a table

I need to insert an enumerate environment in a table. Following hints from this page: itemize in a tabular environment, I used \parbox to prevent error (Putting itemize environment in a tabular ...
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Tight connection of \vbox es

I don't understand why TeX put a thin whitespace between my two vertical boxes: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \vbox to 1cm {\rule{1cm}{1cm}} \vbox to 1cm {\rule{1cm}{1cm}} ...
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Use a box to fill text to right margin

I often use an eqnarray (I know it's better to use align, but let's not worry about that for this question unless it changes the answer) as a way to list a bunch of definitions or descriptions of ...
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Is it possible to create a box with a fixed dimension, regardless of how large its content is?

Is that possible to create a box (without frame) so that, even though its content is pretty big, it only occupies a small space in the text follow. For example, a tikz picture, however large it is, ...
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How to create an alert box with a figure to the left? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create an alert box to show some info, with background color and an icon to the left. With the help of this question I've figured out to come up with this: ...
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How could a verbatimtab environment in a figure environment be resized (perhaps using the package adjustbox)?

How could a verbatimtab environment in a figure environment be resized (perhaps using the package adjustbox)? I have some code something like the following: \begin{figure}[htb] \centering ...
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How could I use scalebox to rescale a table such that it fits exactly in the usable page width (i.e., between the margins)?

How could I use scalebox to rescale a table such that it fits exactly in the usable page width (i.e., between the margins)? Is there some way in which something such as \hsize could be used as an ...
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Absolute vertical positioning of parbox

I create signature area like \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \begin{document} %some content here \begin{center}\parbox[t]{5cm}{\hrule height 1pt\medskip \textbf{John ...
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Making Inline Code Printing Pretty

I have to include small code snippets like method and class names within continuous text. I do not want to display those snippets as complete seperated listings, they should be displayed inline, ...
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Vertical bar in text mode [duplicate]

How do I create a vertical bar in text mode, which is a bit thicker and taller than the | character? I used to know how to do this with boxes, but googling no longer turns up any useful resources. ...
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Why the checklist box was put on the left

I just create a simple check list following the way described here: How do I generate a check-list?, My code is below: \documentclass[a4paper,notitlepage]{article} \usepackage[]{ctex} ...