{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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How to create Windows-8-styled menus?

I'm writing a technical documentation and I want to explain step-by-step how to go through various menus. For example I used to write Open with > VLC media player. That's how it looks in Windows ...
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How to create a signature, date page?

I need to create a signature page as shown in the image below in LaTeX. I have no clue on where to start and the commands that I would need. Could someone please help me.
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Independent left and right columns

I'm trying to write something with two columns that spans multiple pages. I want to put one thing in the left side and one in the right side. Is there ``proper'' way of doing this, or should I just ...
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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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Index with an initial letter of the group [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: package makeidx: print first letter for each group of keys I'm trying to adapt the index of my contribution such that each group of words (starting with the same letter) ...
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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 ...
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How do I keep a string of text together without it doing a line break?

I'm writing up a long paper, in which in prose I have various equations. However, I do not want a line break to occur within the equation - I want the equation to stick together. I want to do this ...
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Number of lines in double spacing (compared to Word)

I am a newbie to LaTeX. I noticed that my document is almost a page longer in Word compared to LaTeX. (~7.25 in latex, ~8.25 in Word). This seems to be because my Word document has 23 lines per page, ...
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Enumerate with different first line?

I want to do an enumeration, but the first line should be bolded, see e.g. this picture: What is blue I want to have in bold. In addition, I don't know how to generate a new line for the other text ...
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Two Columns whose content is positioned relative to each other

In theatre (and film) there's a tendency for actors to let each other finish what they're saying, possibly even making a small pause before starting their turn. But that is not how real life ...
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Why are text format commands used inside braces?

Most commands in Latex are written with the arguments inside braces following the command: \command{arguments}. But text formatting options, like \em, or \scriptsize are usually written inside the ...
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How to typeset “evaluated at” vertical bar with two conditions instead of one?

I would like to typeset the differential of a multivariate function evaluated at a point where two of the variables take precise value. I typeset the "evaluated at" using a vertical bar, at the bottom ...
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Adjusting column width in LaTeX with the multicol package

I'm trying to get a two column "academic style" paper layout on my LaTeX paper. I'm aware there are at least two common ways of doing this, either with adjusting \documentclass or with the more ...
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Is there a workaround against loss of precision in pgfplots axis?

I am generating a bunch of plots automatically using pgfplots. For some datasets the span of data in one axis (y) is relatively small (relative to the absolute value) and therefore pgfplots when ...
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Two column code listings in appendix in a one column report

How do I place a two column appendix in a single column report? I want it so that at the beginning of the appendix I'm in single column mode, then I want to place some source code listings in 2 column ...
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How to insert code and graphic in textbox

I want to put a graphic and a little linux bash code in a textbox, like the picture blow... with the follow in problem: all in a textbox with yellow backgroud left part is a graphic (a finger)... ...
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Format ToC for thesis

I apologize for the unspecified and broad question but I have no way to be specific. I'm looking to generate the TOC and List of Figure, List of Table according to the format required by my school. ...
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Mirror effect in documents

The following example (links to pdf) in the TeX Showcase has no provided source. The book Fearless Symmetry by Ash and Gross seems to use a similar style. Where can I find hints for typesetting ...
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Equivalent of CSS “float:left;” for images

What I am try here is have the image on the left side and it should be surrounded by text on the right and bottom side. For example how can below image_3.png float to left? \usepackage{lipsum} ...
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Two code blocks working syncronously

I need two code blocks in my beamer frame. One will be the code and other will be the output for each line of code. I want to uncover each code line and corresponding output line. So, first it will ...
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Footnote mark in regular or other font styles

Within my text, I use \footnote to place text. This places a small superscripted number within the text as well as a number at the bottom of the page followed by the data within the footnote. How ...
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Customized table of contents

I need to format the table of contents for a compilation of articles in a very specific format: About this volume Author 1 Preface........................first page-last page Articles Author 2 ...
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Background color for inline math with linebreaks?

What's the simplest way to achieve coloured background for the inline equation in the following example: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} Completely unimportant text $ABC_{1234} = ABC_{1234} ...
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Double-column for Question/Answer Format?

Wanted output Data What is your name? Ka jus sauc? How old are you? Cik jums ir gadu? When were you born? Kad jus esat dzimi? What do you work with? Ar ko jus stradajat? I could use ...
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Possible CSS type features?

Hi I am doing a project for my 10th grade Graphic design class and we have to make up an inspirational type thing with the emotion words Bold, in a bigger size and capitalized and I was wondering if ...
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Can we have viewer specific text in a pdf generated by pdfLaTex?

I am wondering if we could have a pdf file, which can tell what viewer its being viewed with. I was looking for some tex command, which says something like: If viewer is Acrobat, print "Hi You are ...
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Is it possible to italicize journal names and book titles through the .bst file?

I am working on an article for a Springer journal, and the specifications for manuscripts clearly ask to italicize all journal names and book titles. Doing it manually feels stupid, so I wonder if ...
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Change title to small caps but not in ToC

I want the title for the Acknowledgements page in my thesis to be in small caps. However, if I change it, it also changes in the table of contents. How can I avoid this? Especially, the roman page ...
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How to fix “Invalid format of field 'X'”

When I'm compiling my tex-files, I'm getting this error: pdflatex> Package biblatex Warning: BibTeX reported the following issues pdflatex> (biblatex) with 'xyz': pdflatex> ...
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What are the standard styles to format LaTeX source code?

In any other programming languages, we have several ways to format our source code. For example, some of the standard styles are: Allman(ANSI) K&R GNU .... Within LaTeX, I couldn't find a neat ...
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How to mark book paragraphs as note, warning, tip etc.?

In my text I have some paragraphs that should be denoted as "note", "caution", "tip", "story". These paragraphs should be rendered with darker background and an icon on the left side. I was not able ...
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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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How can I number the references in a bibliography irrespective of their order of appearance in a document?

I'm putting together a linguistics bibliography using lsalike.bib and lsalike.sty. I'm generating it by using \nocite{*} and would like the references to be numbered (but kept in the usual order). ...
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Enumeration with several items per line, several lines and nicely formatted

Based on Alan's answer here, I would like to be able to create nicely formatted "inline" enumerated lists. The issue I have is that the space between items on a line is always fixed, which does not ...
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How to typeset numbers in scientific notation without using a dedicated package such as siunitx?

My thesis includes numbers such as, 9.368e-03, OR 9.368E-03, spread throughout the main text. I would like to typeset them in the form of a scientific notation such as - 9.683 x 10^-3. However, since ...
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How to apply formatting (sans-serif, color etc.) to multiple paragraphs?

Some LaTeX formatting commands like \textcolor{red}{...}, \sout{...} or \textsf{...} work fine when the thing inside is a single paragraph but fail to compile if you put a paragraph break in the ...
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How to remove brackets from the optional title in amsthm?

This is a follow-up question of this question. when using \begin{theorem}[Open mapping]...\end{theorem}, I received Is it possible to change the format into "Theorem: Open Mapping."(boldface)? ...
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How to save and restore chapter's heading format

I am writing my thesis using a template provided by the university. It requires using the report class. To format the headings in the front matter, it uses the titlesec package and redefine the format ...
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Biblatex \autocite in case of would-be nested footnotes

I have the same situation as the following user: biblatex: Enhancing \autocite in case of would-be nested footnotes I want to use \autocite within a \footnote. This results in the citation being ...
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floatrow: Changing the formatting of table footnotes

The floatrow package, which is useful for customizing the layout of floats, also allows to add footnotes as well as additional explanations (besides the caption) to tables. (The main commands are ...
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Latex: How do I write “\sim_G” but so that the G is directly underneath the “\sim”?

In Latex, How do I write "\sim_G" but so that the G is directly underneath the "\sim"?
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algorithm2e with 'ruled' but with caption underneath?

I would like to present an algorithm in my article. For that I am using the algorithm2e package (and I have used it for many years). I want to use the ruled option, i.e., I load the package like ...
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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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Coloured swatch per chapter

I know that this should be possible, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I would like to have a small rectangle appear on each page (outside edge), which runs right up to the edge of the page, and ...
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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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Prevent the overflow of text

I'm having some Yiddish text overflow it's box in a XeLaTeX document. I suspect there is a simple command to stop this from happening. Does anyone know an easy solution or do I need to make and post a ...
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First Word or Letter taking two lines or three in a paragraph [duplicate]

Some articles start with its first word or letter in its first paragraph taking up the space of two lines or three lines. For example, it might look like the picture below (ignoring the rules). Is ...
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Replace . (period) by , (comma) in numbers

I pass a bunch of numbers into a custom command defined via \newcommand{\mycmd}[1]{...}: \mycmd{1.12} \mycmd{5.32} \mycmd uses the number to draw a certain figure. On top of that, I would like to ...
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Text in an equation

This is best explained by example. Suppose I have the following: \[ \begin{align*} C_3 \rightarrow 6 automorphisms\\ C_4 \rightarrow 8 automorphisms\\ C_5 \rightarrow 10 automorphisms ...
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Changing the font for “alert” in beamer

I would like to change the behaviour of \alert so that the text is still red but now boldfaced, say. How can I do this? I have Googled, but all I can find is how to change the colour, as in Changing ...