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Duplicating Environments

When I want to globally modify a command in my document, I will often use a duplicated version of the original in the stencil, with the help of the \let macro. For example, if I wanted to do ...
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Why do I have to put the center environment in a group for \@afterindentfalse\@afterheading to suppress indentation?

Consider the following two macros, the only difference being that one has the environment inside a group: \documentclass{article} \makeatletter \newcommand\thisworks{% {\begin{center} $\ast$ ...
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What is the difference between \newenvironment and \newenvironment*?

I vaguely seem to recall reading that \newenvironment* gives better spacing than \newenvironment, but I don't recall any details and I can't seem to find a reference by searching. What is the ...
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What are the consideration when choosing either newcommand or newenvironment?

The first time I learnt LaTeX, I thought \newcommand properly fits for inline mode and \newenvironment for displayed mode. Later I noticed it is not correct. So the question is What is the rule of ...
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A new environment to decide dynamically which commands to run?

I am having some user defined commands defined and used in my latex document. I need a way to check whether any of the commands is used. I want to make decisions based on the argument used in the ...
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Hide custom environment content based on boolean

I have a custom environment which adds some text around its content, but I also want it to be able to show or hide its contents depending on a boolean. I have tried doing the following: ...
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Command behavior depending on current environment

I would like to write a LaTeX macro whose code depends on the parent environment such as: \newcommand\test{ %if current_environment=env1 test1 %elseif current_environment=env2 test2 %else } ...
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A special example environment

How can I define an environment named "example" so that: can be broken over pages has a horizontal line above "Example \chap.\no" (e.g. Example 4.10), and vertical line that is spread to the whole ...
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Environments with conditionals in: why doesn't this work?

In response to this question I thought the obvious thing to do was the following: \documentclass{article} \newif\iffoo \newenvironment{foobar}{\iffoo}{\fi} \begin{document} \begin{foobar} Here is ...
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Problem with redefining Tabular environment with the \renewenvironment ‎command‎

In a book I'm typesetting, I want the tabular environment to be in footnote size and the other body of the book to be in normalsize font. To do this, I've tried something like the following: ...
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How to set preferred PDF viewer for texdoc in TeXLive 2010 pretest.

I had evince, installed TexLive 2010 pretest (ubuntu lucid linx, fresh install). texdoc was using evince. Then I installed kubuntu ontop, and texdoc switched to okular. Now I've installed acroread and ...
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How do I generate a check-list?

Similar to the itemize or description environments I would like to have a check-list environment, with neat boxes on the right side, that I may check or uncheck. I guess I'm not the first having this ...
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How to put a star (or other symbol) in sections that are “special” (difficult, optional, etc)?

I'm currently writing a book, and I'd like some of the sections to be clearly marked as "difficult" or "optional". Not only sections, but also exercises (I'm using the exercise package) and theorems ...
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How to define a starred version of an environment in LaTeX

I am interested in defining a new environment in LaTeX that has a starred version. How is this done?
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What exactly does the \begin{document} command trigger?

Let us consider these two files first. \documentclass{article} \parindent 0.0mm \hyphenpenalty 500 \tolerance 700 \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \lipsum[1-10] \end{document} ...
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What exactly does \@doendpe do?

Quoting from the LaTeX2e sources: [\@endparenv, \@doendpe] To suppress the paragraph indentation in text immediately following a paragraph-making environment, \everypar is changed to remove ...
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Repeating environment contents twice

I'm writing a document where I have many code blocks like so: \begin{align} d = \sqrt{ (x'-x)^2 } \end{align} \begin{minted}{latex} d = \sqrt{ (x'-x)^2 } \end{minted} So the first line renders ...
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The abstract environment changes the \linewidth for the whole document

In the article class, it seems that using the abstract environment has an effect to the rest of the document. More precisely, it seems that it redefines the \linewidth, which equals \textwidth without ...
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How to turn off an environment (e.g. tikzpicture) for faster draft compiling

I'm currently writing my thesis and have been looking for ways to speed up compile time. I can shave off a lot of time by using draft mode so that images aren't processed, but I have several TikZ ...
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How to make AUCTeX ignore syntax highlighting within environment

I have a problem with syntax highlighting in the Emacs editor using AUCTeX. The problem occurs in particular with the Verbatim environment from the fancyvrb package. Consider the following code: ...
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Environment to stack a word and a number

There is a requirement to write a list of words, underline each word and place a number centered below the line. Using the stackengine package I have prepared the following MWE. ...
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Split-like environment inside cases environment

I'd like to have a cases environment with some cases that are too long to fit on one line. I tried this: \begin{cases} \begin{split} long expression \\ second line of long expression ...
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Is it possible to make an image gallery with tikz images?

I create many images with TikZ and I would like to make an image gallery. It should look like this: The gallery should put the image in front of a (gray) background resize the image to a maximum ...
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mdframed and wrapfig

Before starting the question, I apologize for the large pictures. I had to use some long text to demonstrate the problem. To generate something like: I used the following command: ...
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How to create new table environment

I am working on a book that has many many such tables. Is there a way to create shortcut for the code shown below. I want to make table caption a variable, because in the MWE shown below except ...
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Defining my own proof environment?

How would I define a proof environment that is basically used with \begin{proof} some proof here \end{proof} and it would be equivalent to: \paragraph{Proof:} some proof here \hfill \box ?
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LaTeX programming Inheritance with \newcommand \newenvironment \renew… etc

I'd like to create (or renew) several LaTeX commands and environments, and understand how it works. One of my new environments would be equivalent to \begin{quotation}. So, imagine my \begin{foo} ...
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How do I use the boxed theorem name as a QED symbol

I'm wondering if there's a relatively simple way to achieve a result similar to the following: In particular, I'd like to be able to assign names and/or numbers to theorems/lemmas/propositions and ...
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Is there a ready solution to typeset a diff file?

In a text about Git I want to typeset diffs similar to this visualization: Commit details on GitHub. Is there any ready-made solution to that, especially the coloring of the diff lines? (In other ...
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Looking for a more appropriate version of \cases

Often-times I find myself wanting to write something like, That is, a vertical brace followed by a table consisting of three columns, the first and the last are math, aligned where-ever I like, and ...
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Changing default width of blocks in beamer

I use a custom Beamer theme for my presentations. In my presentations I'd like to use blocks (\begin{block}…\end{block}). These blocks are rendered slightly too wide to fit into my theme. Is there a ...
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Typesetting a definition

My current set up for type setting definitions is \newenvironment{definition}[1][Definition:]{\begin{trivlist} \item[\hskip \labelsep {\bfseries #1}]}{\end{trivlist}} ...
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Extracting the contents of text in a specified environment into a new file

Imagine I have a complete latex file and I want to extract only the text that appears in a specified environment (i.e., within a custom hypothesis environment) For example: \begin{document} ... Lots ...
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LaTeX adds an additional blank paragraph after the end of my custom environment

A friend, who is a LaTeX user but isn't very confident with customising it, told me that he would like to be able to put framed paragraphs and framed equations into his documents. So I took it upon ...
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Dash in Environment Name

I'm trying to make a verbatim environment called "my-environ" \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fancyvrb} \DefineVerbatimEnvironment{myenviron}{Verbatim}{numbers=left,frame=lines,label=My ...
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Define an “escape underscore” environment

I am writing a text document in LaTeX where I need a lot a words with underscores: foo_bar_1, more_bar_2_long_expression_3. I know about the underscore package, but for some reason the [strings] ...
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Use column-separator & (ampersand) inside \newenvironment

I'd like to define a grammar environment which basically wraps a tabular environment. Inside the grammar environment I'd like to use an environment called production to insert rows. Example: ...
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Automatically add quotes

I would like to create a new environment which will behave similar to quote, but with quotes added. I tried something like this: ...
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How can I write multi line equations with alignment in inline math mode?

Is there any way to override the fact that certain environments in LaTeX are automatically "displayed"? One such example is the align* environment. I want to keep my aligned equations inline. So ...
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How can I check if the current code is inside a certain environment?

I would like to define a command which checks if it is executed inside a certain environment. Like this: \documentclass{article} \newenvironment{myenv}[0]{at start}{ at end} ...
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Theorem with separate tikz environments for header and body

My initial question: I'm writing my lecture notes in LaTeX and used some customized theorem environments with amsthm so far. Now I wanted to redesign those theorems with help of tikzpicture. That's ...
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Defining a new type of floating environment

In a document, I need to provide some details about specific topics without disrupting the flow of the main document, so that the details may easily be omitted at first reading. To do so, I thought it ...
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Combine minted and tcolorbox

I have the idea to combine minted with tcolorbox. At first, I have created my own minted environments: \newminted[mycsharp]{csharp}{tabsize=2,fontsize=\footnotesize} ...
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How to make LaTeX ignore the contents of an environment?

I would like to make a \todo command and environment whose behavior changes depending whether I define a command \showtodos. A basic \todo command is simple to write: ...
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verbatim useable with a newenvironment definition?

I'm trying to create a simple newenvironment allowing me to display source code in a verbatim text block with a caption, numbering etc. The solution I'm after is with the in-built LaTeX verbatim ...
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Collecting environment content with support for xparse arguments

I'm trying to create an environment which uses xparse style arguments but I have to be able to use the whole environment content in the environment definition, e.g. as an argument. Ideally I'd like ...
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Adjusting space before and after a latex beamer block

I wanted to ask you if there is a better way to adjust the spacing between two beamer blocks: \documentclass[slidestop]{beamer} \usetheme{Madrid} \begin{document} \addtobeamertemplate{block ...
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\let and sneaky redefinitions that are wrappers for the original macro: is there a similar thing for environments?

Let's say I am using some macro \foo that almost does what I want, but I actually want to add space either side of the output of \foo. I can do the following: \let\tempfoo\foo ...
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Format a verbatim paragraph

How can I format a verbatim paragraph? I.e. break, fill and join input lines to produce globally balanced output with the lengths of each line approaching the target \textwidth as closely as possible. ...
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What is the problem with nested environments using \BODY (environ package)?

This question led to a new package: newenviron I want to define some environments, which place their content into multiple different other environments. To access the contents I used the ...