{formatting} is for general questions about formatting document elements. Use this tag in addition to other tags specifying what should be formatted. For questions about font attributes (e.g., {bold}, {italic}, {small-caps}, {sans-serif}, {typewriter}), use the appropriate tag instead.

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Better way to display long division?

I'm currently in the process of trying to create a worksheet for my students with long division problems for them to practice. Unfortunately, the best I've been able to come up with so far in terms of ...
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How to type a Backus-Naur form in LaTeX

I need to type Backus-Naur form in LaTeX document. I found several packages on CTAN: ebnf seems to not work with TeXLive 2009 latex-bnf does not align the declaration, etc. There is a module for ...
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Calculate prices

I want to calculate prices in a LaTex file. This means I want to add two numbers with exactly 2 decimal places and I want to multiply these values by an integer. An other thing is the output format. ...
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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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Automatically bold first sentence of a floats caption

How to bold automatically the first sentence of the float caption and second sentence is normal? \begin{figure}[t] \centering \caption{First sentence. Second sentence.} \end{figure} Output should ...
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How to wrap pictures in lists in theorems with formulas?

I want text to flow pictures. @Bernard adviced me this way of doing it with formulas and theorems. Thanks him, it works great in many cases better than any other variants I have ever seen. I have ...
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How can I create a table that spans across the width of two vertical (and opposite) A4 pages?

I have a large (wide) table to typeset. I usually use the code below for my tables which enables me to specify the width of each column in the table. However, it is up to me to make sure that the sum ...
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Why couldn't (La)TeX's layout model be as simple as CSS's layout model?

I feel CSS's layout model is simpler than (La)TeX's layout model. At the time Knuth developed TeX, the idea leading to CSS model is a "difficult" things? Or the CSS layout model is not appropriate to ...
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Align/avoid numeration and labels in a custom biblatex format

I need list references with a custom format, with a label showing the type of entry (@article, @book, etc.) and labeling fix/variable fields in a tabular environment. I have successfully obtained ...
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How can I automatically abbreviate page ranges in citations (biblatex)

I am using biblatex for my citations, and I was wondering if there was a way to automatically abbreviate the page ranges in citations. (The reason I ask is because I have them all in long-style, and I ...
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How to customize enumeration to implement Brazilian law texts?

This is a standard model of a Brazilian contract: http://www.consultta.com/modelos_contratos/modelos_contrato/0215.htm It more or less follow the way Brazilian laws are written: as you can see, the ...
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siunitx rounding in table with parentheses

I'm trying to create a standard regression table with standard errors in parentheses below the coefficients, while using siunitx to align the numbers on the decimal point, and to round the numbers. ...
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bclogo page breaks

I am using the Bclogo package http://www.ctan.org/pkg/bclogo. I have created environments for lemmas and proofs with it. The proof was too big to fit on the bottom of the page, so it just inserted a ...
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Subsubsection: remove the newline (like paragraph)

Using the article document class, how can one remove the newline at the end of a subsubsection title? I am using \documentclass{article}; I do not currently use titlesec or any of the alternatives; I ...
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Changing the TOC style of an Article document-class

When typesetting an article documentclass, the sections appear as bold in the table of contents, with no leading dots. I would like to change these to non-bold, and insert some leading dots. I tried ...
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Mixing underline and strike-out

Word allows for all kinds of font formatting: The above example combines strike-through/strike-out (like this) and underlining. I'd like to be able to do the same, but neither ulem nor soul allows ...
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Bold one cell in table using CSV reader

Is it possible to bold a single desired cell (or number of cells) using csvreader (besides the head)? Here is an example of making the table. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{csvsimple} % Make ...
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Customizing chapter and section style (scrbook)

I have found a very cool custom style for chapter and section headings (It is from Customizing Chapter style in scrbook): \documentclass[ 11pt, pagesize=auto, version=last, chapterprefix=true ...
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Cursive text after _

I would like to write H2O with a small 2 below the H. H_2 O (water) However, all text after _2 becomes cursive. It appear that something obvious is wrong but, I cant find what it is. Anyone how ...
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Modify default memoir chapter style

I'm using memoir and using its default chapter style. what I'm looking to do is to change the format from chapter 1 chapter title to something like this: chapter 1: chapter title I'm ...
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Small caps in section but not in ToC

With LaTeX, I would like to set all my section titles in small capitals but I need the \textsc to be 'cancelled' in my table of content. Is that possible somehow ? I currently do this : \section[...
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How to get horizontal black line when coloring cells?

I have the following table with an arrow showing the missing black horizontal black line: Here is the relevant code, I am wondering how do I get a black horizontal line where there is one missing? ...
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Adding extra lines/spaces in source, *not* affecting semantics

I'm editing a file with quite huge interleaves of text and formulas like this lorem ipsums \begin{align} foo & bar\\ qux & rofl\\ & toto \end{align} lorem ipsums … And I face ...
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Non superscript citations for figures

Is it possible to reference figures like so taken from \emph{ref. \cite{reference}} with non superscript numbers, while leaving the rest of the references in the bulk of the document untouched? ...
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how can I create a chapter heading like this?

Hi I want to format my chapter of my thesis as shown in the figure. How can I do it? Can you suggest me some fancy latex templates for a phd thesis?
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How do you get \mathbb{1} to work (characteristic function of a set)?

I am trying to get the digit one printed the \mathbb{} font in math mode, however the command \mathbb{1} outputs some rubbish. I certainly saw the character I am after in some pdf's generated from ...
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Book layout Contents, Chapter, Section,

my goal is to get new style of Table of Contents, new style of Chapter and new style of section. I there is one more: how to change itemize native symbol for a black square? Table of Contents: text ...
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How can i add a “field” for handwritten text?

I need to add a bunch of fields for a handwritten text to my document that look like this: Your Name ___________ Your Age ___________ As an example, I can show you the form that I have to ...
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Pretty formattings for warning and info blocks

I'm looking for pretty formatting for warnings, and others for some info or tips. For the moment, I use the following formatting but maybe someone has one better idea. To obtain this, I use the ...
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Automatic bold for every first character of a line

It's possible to do this Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisci elit, sed eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis ...
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Strategies for corrections in book typeset with TeX

I have typeset a long book using TeX and now it is time to re-print it. This is an opportunity to incorporate corrections to the errata discovered in the initial printing. Unfortunately TeX may ...
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Using section sign (§) for cross-references to sections

In some papers and books you see that author uses §1.3 instead of section 1.3. How § sign can be added before section (or part, chapter, ...) number automatically? Please mention any useful tip about ...
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Make a LaTeX document look like it was written in Microsoft Word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making a LaTeX document appear as though it were typeset in MS Word I know this is a travesty in the world of TeX, and an affront to all decent TeX-believing people out ...
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CSS based LaTeX formatting?

I've done ab bit of web-searching and found nothing. Are there any attempts on using CSS for LaTeX formatting? For example: body { font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } section { font-size: 16pt;...
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Chronicle of email correspondences

I'd like to collect all my old private email correspondences in a LaTeX document. The document should become a kind of "diary". (I also want to bind it to a book someday.) So what I want to create ...
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How do I fill a shape with text, like a circle?

How do I confine text within a shape such as a circle or triangle? I don't want text along the perimeter, I would like it to break appropriately at all the inner edges.
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\Rightarrow with text above it [duplicate]

When using the command \Rightarrow is there any way to put text above it? I have tried \overbrace but is there a way to do it without this?
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Realistic handwritten document

Is there a template/package that generates realistic handwritten documents? The font should preferably reflect an average handwritting (readable). Letters would follow a handwritting style but would ...
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Closer underline

I am currently using \underline{...} to underline text. However, I want the underline to be closer to the letters (as of now, there's too much whitespace between the letters and the line). Is there ...
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Changing style of Proof

I'm using the \begin{proof} of the amsthm package. And I want to change the style of the Proof word that is added in the beginning. By default it is italic, I want to make it bold. How can I do it?
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Frame with only crosses in two opposite corners

Is there one package to produce frames looking like the one above in the following ASCII example ? I don't want dashed lines. | ...
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Add second enumeration item on the same line?

I'm writing a document that has a large number of lists containing short enumeration items, and I'd like to be able to [manually] put multiple items on one line. Thus, for example, I'd like to say \...
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Fancy cross-referencing

As an extended idea of Using section sign (§) for cross-references to sections, how can we use See ⚙5.2 and ☰5.3 in ☞123. instead of: See figure 5.2 and table 5.3 in page 123. (...
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TikZ - Placing several numbers in one cell of a Sudoku grid

I've put at the end of this post one code coming from this page which is a pretty easy way to display Sudoku grid. I would like to have help so as to add the possibility to indicate several entries ...
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LaTeX Tables: Cell value color based on its sign / conditional cell color

I've a long LaTeX document with many tables. Now I want to show negative values in cell in red color. I wonder how to do globally. My MWE is below: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begin{...
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Format section titles as white text on black background

I would like to redefine the \section and \section* to produce section titles that look roughly like this: that is, text in white over a black bar that extends from left to right margin. I don't ...
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How to set document font to times new roman by command

I wanted to know how to set font of a document to Times New Roman and size to 12 for text and for Chapter Heading 14 only, for the whole document. I don't want to use the fontspec package for this. ...
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Code readability

I'm getting my head around LaTeX, and I find really awesome the fact that the documents are completely editable with a plain text editor, while getting a really neat and professional output. I'm ...
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Formatting an array of complex numbers with pgfplotstable

Say I have two csv files representing the real and imaginary part of a complex matrix. I would like to nicely display this matrix in LaTeX. The difficulty is to correctly round numbers and not ...
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Modifying mini-toc content

I have adapted the pretty table of contents solution written by Gonzalo Medina with the modification to the "blue box style" that Stephan Lehmke helped me with to design a somewhat consistent look-and-...