{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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Stretch space characters horizontally

I'm using XeTeX to mimic another document, but I only have a similar font which I stretch using the extend and letterspace options. My main problem is though, that my font's spaces (U+0020) are only ...
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\bfseries is to \textbf as WHAT is to \textsf

Neither of \sfseries nor \sfshape seem to work. So what is the command I'm looking for to change the current group to sans serif? \bfseries, \scshape and \itshape work, but I can't find the sans serif ...
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Package for displaying source code [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How best to include programming source code in LaTeX documents? What is a good way to display program source like c++/lisp code in a latex document?
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Paragraph breaks with asterisks

In many books—mostly novels—often some paragraphs will have a blank line between them to indicate a sort of 'pause' in the narration. If one of these blank lines appears at the top or bottom of the ...
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Biblatex: Changing the font of citation-marks and the references?

In my main text I use a roman font with oldstyle figures In all tables I use the same roman font, but with modern figures. Since some of the columns may consist of mainly figures and it looks abit ...
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Conventions for formatting scientific units?

I would appreciate some guidance on how to format units that incorporate SI, molecules, and text. Right now I am formatting the letters in chemicals or names as 'text' and the SI units, sub/super ...
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What is the canonical way to redefine the \emph command

Question says it all. What is the best way to redefine the \emph command to be bold font and upright?
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Tex like formatting on blog posts

When I write reports for school I usually use an IEEE formatted LaTex document these days because I feel like it just looks so much better then anything I can seem to do in Word. I have a blog and ...
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How to achieve different formats for label and text in a subsection heading using titlesec

How to get a different formatting for the label and text of a subsection using titlesec? Reason: Italic numbers in the subsection heading hurts my eyes and should be avoided at all cost, Label of the ...
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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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How can I create a Chicago Manual of Style formatted document in LaTeX?

I have an assignment which requires me to use CMS formatting, double spaced, in 12pt font. I'd rather avoid using the much inferior "Word" or "Writer" programs -- in particular I like how LaTeX ...
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How to display numbers using comma as a thousands separator?

I want numbers like 5.5 million to be displayed using a comma as a thousands separator as "5,500,000". Is there a way to do this automatically, without having to manually put commas?
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bad formating of ff in math mode

I'm trying to write something like: $affinity(x)$, but in the PDF I see some small spacing between the two f's. I tried $af{}firm(x)$ or $aff{}irm(x)$, but nothing works.
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How do I combine formatted page numbers in an index

If I format page numbers in an index, they show up in addition to non-formatted numbers. This minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{makeidx} \makeindex \begin{document} page 1 ...
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Add paragraph styling only in certain sections

I am writing my Masters thesis in LaTeX. I'm using the university template which is quite complex so I haven't tweaked it much as I'm new to LaTeX. My problem is that the paragraph style here seems to ...
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Changing number format in ToC

I'm using the tocloft package to alter the looks of my table of contents, but there's one thing I can't find in the documentation: splitting the number by level, to insert other delimiters than ".". ...
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Custom .bst style and reformatting \cite entries

I have created a custom .bst file with makebst. I managed to reformat the thebibliography-environment entries look by editing the .bst file by hand. This wasn't a hard task. But, now I would like to ...
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Table of contents using article and report classes

When I make a table of contents with the article and report classes the results are different. I have two questions. Why does this happen? How can I make the report ToC look like the article one? ...
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When to use bold, italics, small caps, typewriter etc.?

I'm a little confused on the purposes of each kind of text in LaTeX. I know the function of some of them, but sometimes people use each for different reasons. For example: \texttt is for code (no ...
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Make first row of table all bold

I'm trying to do something that I thought would be relatively simple but seems to be quite hard. I have a table with a number of columns, and I'd like to make all of the titles appear in bold text. ...
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What's the correct use of \author when multiple authors?

Working on a project, the article we are writing is written by me and someone else. How should I fill the \author? What about \author{LASTNAME1, FIRSTNAME1 \& LASTNAME2, FIRSTNAME2}? It doesn't ...
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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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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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Prettiest way to typeset “C++” (cplusplus)?

Writing "C++" in plain text results in an ugly setting, as the '+' signs are too big and too spaced: I've seen around the web several marcos for typesetting the "C++" symbol, ranging from mild ...
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What's the quickest way to write “2nd” “3rd” etc in LaTeX?

If I want to use abbreviations for second, third and so on in my LaTeX documents, I am currently doing this: 2$^{nd}$ which seems unsatisfactory. Is there a macro I'm missing? I'm sure I could define ...
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Formatting a \paragraph to look like a \section

I'm writing a document that contains a rather deep tree of nested lists, and was wondering if how I would go about reformatting the \paragraph macro to format the text contained within it as a ...
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How to change the formatting/font of page numbers?

So, I'm using the article class, and I'd like to make the page number smaller, and set it in a different font. I don't need to create a new pagestyle, necessarily, and I'm hesitant to do so without ...
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Double strikeout

I'm using the ulem for strikethrough, but need two formats of strikethrough. I'm currently using \dout{text} which looks good, but the second\xout{text} makes the base text a little too unreadable. ...
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Eat space in a line break in \lstinline{}

I use the listings package. If a line break inside a multi-word \lstinline{} occurs, I get a nasty spaces at the beginning of the new line: page left page right | ...
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Typeset a dialogue?

I need to typeset a dialogue in LaTeX, it's for a translation assignment. The original dialogue does something like this: - I found it, I told him. My finger was in the book, where George Best's ...
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Caption is bold. Can I have part of it not bold?

What is the simplest way to have part of a bold caption (including some inline math) non-bold?
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Formatting arrows between rows of corresponding matrices

Some material I'm creating requires output that looks like this: (note the position of the arrows). I'm using the following code (with the AMS macros) to generate this, and I'm looking for ...
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Disable/toggle smallcaps in the title

I am using the amsart document class. I want to to change the text in the titles (such as in \author) to be written normally and not in small caps. How can I change this globally? That is, so that ...
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siunitx: aligning numbers by decimal points in tables doesn't work for bolded or italicized numbers

This is a follow-up question for Aligning numbers by decimal points in table columns. User lockstep provided this solution: \usepackage{siunitx} \begin{document} \begin{tabular}{S[table-format=3.2]} ...
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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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Changing the font for equation numbering

I know that I can change the font for the equation numbers by redefining the \theequation command by, say, \renewcommand{\theequation}{{\sffamily\arabic{equation}}} I am wondering if there's a ...
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How to change the way theorems are displayed?

I am in the process of writing a large document containing some theorems, lemma, and propositions. Currently, I am using packages amsmath and amsthm. I defined my own environment for theorems by ...
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Creating Kindle-friendly versions of existing LaTeX documents

So let's say I have a large amount of documents (from ArXiv.org, suppose) that I have the LaTeX source for, and for which I would like to compile particularly Kindle-friendly versions. In particular, ...
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Insert code into a latex doc. without leading tabs

When I write latex I usually indent my sections like this (it allows easier folding in vim, is like reading code, etc). section{section} bla bla bla bla bla subsection{a} bla bla ...
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Is it OK to use \tt etc. in latex2e if you don't want the text to inherit the font of the containing text?

I want some words to always be in upright teletype (they are defined to be something specific). If the sentence is emphasised and this word appears I do not want the text to be italic teletype, but ...
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Using prefix notation

I want to show prefix notation in my document, somewhat like this: + (x 5 3) (- 6 4) However, I want to enter it in maths mode, but maths mode removes all the spaces, so I get +(x53)(-64) Which ...
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Does it matter if I use \textit or \it, \bfseries or \bf, etc

I typically use \textit{Some italicized text} while some of my colleagues use {\it Some other text} Should I bother changing one or the other, or does it matter?