{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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Remove ugly borders around clickable cross-references and hyperlinks

I know that I can use hyperref to make cross-references and hyperlinks clickable. That makes the clickable areas outlined in fluorescent green, however. How can I make the green boxes go away?
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How to keep a constant baselineskip when using minipages (or \parboxes)?

When a minipage is used to box a text paragraph, the first line of the minipaged text and the last line of the previous text paragraph are closer than two consecutive lines in a standard text ...
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What are the ways to position things absolutely on the page?

I know that there is tikz, but also eso-pic and textpos. I'd like to see a list of possible ways (not necessarily packages) for absolute positioning of things (which I believe amounts to "boxes") on ...
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What are underfull hboxes and vboxes and how can I get rid of them?

Often, TeX outputs underfull hbox and vbox warnings when running and in the generated log file. What are these and how can I get rid of them?
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What does “overfull hbox” mean?

I often see output from TeX with the warning overfull hbox, badness 10000. What does this message mean?
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Fit text into given box by adjusting the fontsize

I would like to fit text (potentially several paragraphs) into a box of given size. This should be done by adjusting the fontsize of the contained text. Clarification edit: The given dimensions are ...
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Dynamic signature/date line

I'm trying to create a signature and date line in a document. I need the date line to always be in the same spot on the page no matter what name is under the signature line, such as: ---------------...
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What are the different kinds of boxes in (La)TeX?

I've seen hbox, vbox, mbox, parbox and others used in various code samples. What are the different kinds of box in (La)Tex? Which are suitable for use in LaTeX, as opposed to plain TeX?
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Making the text fit in a specific space in Latex

I'm trying to fit my text in a specific space, as it's a Graph explanation. I would like to make something like the graph below: Is it possible to make the text fit in that space? LaTex does it by ...
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How to rotate text in multirow table?

I have a big table with a problem, when I want to rotate the text in a \multirow cell, the text is placed outside and is bigger than the dimensions of the cell, I took some advice from here, using\...
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Faded drop-shadow using tikz-based rounded rectangle?

Background Epigraphs are in a box with rounded corners. The boxes have a drop-shadow. Example Picture #1 shows a shadow, while Picture #2 shows a shadow that fades out (soft blur): Problem ...
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How to create Highlight Boxes in LaTeX?

I am writing an Article in LaTeX. Please suggest me how to create a highlight boxes like the ones shown below in LaTeX:
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Function and usage of \leavevmode

I am beginner of LaTeX. From many examples I found, I notice that it's very common to use command \leavevmode. I can't find any information about this command. Could anyone tell me what's the function ...
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Attractive Boxed Equations

I often used \boxed{...} from the AMS math package to place a box around important equations. However, this approach often produces somewhat awkward looking output. Consider \documentclass{article} ...
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Highlight an equation within an align environment

I would like to define a command that puts a red box around an equation with yellow highlighting. I have the basics working pretty well. What I am unable to figure out is: How to keep the alignment ...
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Breakable vboxes

In Plain TeX how can I make vboxes breakable, and can I handle/measure them separately? What I'm trying to do, is that I have a portion of text, that is treated separately (no indention, narrower, ...
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Rounded box around placeholder text that supports line breaking

I want to draw a rounded box around a piece of text like that: The left and right borders should be half circles and line breaking should be supported. This my code so far: \setuppapersize[A7] \...
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Rounded corner colored box around figure

I'm trying to get Rounded corner grey-colored box around figures. One solution would be to use \usepackage{float} \floatstyle{boxed} \restylefloat{figure} but this results in black box around a ...
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Bounding box for each letter

How can I take input text and replace each character with a solid (and/or hollow) rectangle representing the bounding box for that character? In the case where two characters are closer together from ...
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How can I use an hbox inside a TikZ environment for text dimension measurement?

I'm trying to use an \hbox to measure the dimensions of a certain text. This is working in normal text as in the following example: \setbox37=\hbox{this is a text that I want to measure} text width ...
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How to highlight an entire paragraph?

I'd like to highlight paragraphs such that the highlight color appears as one whole rectangle underlying the entire paragraph. I have looked around but nothing gives me the desired effect so far. For ...
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Fitting text into a box over-a-pic

I am trying to fit a text into a box within an overpic environment. kongo09 had a similar question fit-text-into-given-box-by-adjusting-the-fontsize, and a highly workable solution was provided by ...
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Definition of \strut explained

Can anyone explain me the fine details of the \strut macro. Why is the box \copyied in mathmode but \unhcopyied otherwise? % latex.ltx, line 484, but identical in plainTeX \def\strut{\relax\ifmmode\...
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A \boxed alternative with minimal spacing?

The following code comes from this post. The problem is that I would like a way to automate the size of the box so as to be very small with a few of spacing, but the following solution doesn't work ...
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Is there no easier way to float objects and set margins?

I come from a HTML / CSS background and am used to a particular way of setting margins, floats, etc. As a beginner in TeX, I am having a hard time positioning elements, probably because my mindset is ...
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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} \setlength\...
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Drawing boxes around words

I want to put some small boxes around certain words in a paragraph. The boxes will never contain more than one word. The \ovalbox command described in the fancybox documentation is close to what I ...
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Strutting around: What's the difference between \strut, \mathstrut and \vphantom?

What's the difference between \strut, \mathstrut and \vphantom? When would I prefer one of them to the others, and why?
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Make an Example and shaded box like in the book

I want to make Examples in the book as in the following book http://www.analogmachine.org/Books/Chapter1.pdf See Page 2... Also shaded box as in the page 3... Pictures can be seen below. ...
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\setbox vs. \sbox and \savebox - What are the differences I need to know about?

What's the difference between using TeX's \setbox and LaTeX's \sbox and \savebox?
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How can I number paragraphs (and sections) in the margin?

I am (still) trying replicate the layout of this document. Sections and paragraphs are all numbered, in the margin (the chapter titles do not treat this as a margin, but I can ignore that). They are ...
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Create a “yearbook-style” multi-page layout of photos

I would like to create a "yearbook-style" layout of photos in LaTeX. Each photo would have a caption and the objective would be to automatically layout the differently sized rectangular photos to ...
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putting a box around each line of text in a paragraph

In my environment I would like to automatically make a box around each individual line of text in a paragraph so that I can operate on each line. I think this should really be done in LaTeX rather ...
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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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How to choose which sides of the border to draw in a `framebox`?

If, for example, you only want to draw the top and bottom border of a box, or perhaps the left and bottom only, is there a simple package to do this or must one resort to using tables or heavy-weight ...
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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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Size and position of boxes in title page

I am trying to create a front cover in a document (class article) and I have decided to 'decorate' it with boxes. The first problem I have is that I am not sure why the title appears on the top of ...
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Any way to center text within a \parbox?

Probably I'm missing something, but I'm really struggling to find an answer to this simple question: How to center text within a \parbox? Side note: I don't want to switch to any other environment ...
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How to highlight important parts (with a gray background)

In the below link http://www.math.uiowa.edu/~goodman/algebrabook.dir/bookmt.pdf the author highlights anything which is important using a greyish color background. For example, if you see ...
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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 \framebox[\textwidth]{somemoretext\vspace*{\...
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Beamer: highlighting aligned math with overlay

This question led to a new package: hf-tikz Minimal working example: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \begin{align} a_i + b_j = 10 & \forall ...
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How to make a textbox with this TikZ code ?

I made this with TikZ : \usetikzlibrary{calc} \def\banlen{3} \xdefinecolor{mycolor}{RGB}{62,96,111} % Neutral Blue \def\bancolor{mycolor} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0.25,0.25) rectangle (5,-2); % \...
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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} \begin{...
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Boxed text between pages

I've made boxed text into a manuscript using tikz by following the example in texamples, it works like a charm as long as the box is short enough to fit into a page. \documentclass{article} \...
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Why is \baselineskip not inserted before an \unvbox?

It seems that \setbox0=\vbox{\hbox{abc}}\unvbox0 is not equivalent to \hbox{abc}: the former does not insert a \baselineskip in the following situation. \vbox{% \hbox{XY}% \hbox{abc}% \hbox{...
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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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Expandable Nested Boxes with TikZ

Could someone please post a minimal tikz example to draw this: I am currently doing this with nested tables, but would like to see how it can be done with tikz. The nodes would ideally have a pre-...
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Create a two column static small box

how can I create a new command to make a static true and false as labels of the first and two columns. This columns are lanes of small boxes. This small boxes would depend on the questions created. If ...
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Confused with TeX terminology: height, depth, width

The LaTeX reference card states for example \strut box w/ ht and depth of “(”, zero width I came to see text as a two dimensional feature, but I must be missing out on something... (following ...
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How to construct a coloured box with rounded corners

Here is the specs of the box. Color of the bar rule should be: \definecolor{mycolor}{rgb}{0.122, 0.435, 0.698} Radius of the 4 corners of the box: 4pt Thick line = 0.5pt Text should be 6pt ...