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How does one construct an abstract (n × n) empty grid of squares?

I would like to just create a grid like this, but without numbers or color, but I'd like to represent an n × n grid abstractly with ellipses like this: Also, I need just a simple—singular—grid ...
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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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Language sensitive italicized quotation with csquotes

In what follows: \documentclass[fontsize=11pt]{book} \usepackage{microtype} \usepackage{times} \usepackage{csquotes} \usepackage[frenchb]{babel} \frenchbsetup{IndentFirst=false} \begin{document} text ...
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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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What's the proper way to write a vector with a single character subscript?

I've always(-ish) thought that the proper way to typeset a vector which is labeled by a letter with a single character subscript, like v1, was to set the arrow over just the letter, like \vec{v}_1 (I ...
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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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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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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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Formatting floats differently based on placement

I'm interested in changing how floats are formatted depending on whether they are placed at the top, bottom, or middle of a page, or on a float page. One package I am aware of that does something like ...
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Makeindex - Styling the \printindex?

I have two questions: Is it possible to change the titel of the printindex command? It is "Index" by default. How can I format the index as a multi column, alphabetic sorted list?
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How do I get function argument parenthesis to position correctly?

I'm having trouble with the appearance of parentheses representing function arguments. They appear to far away from the function name. For example the code ...
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Reusing LaTeX code to achieve a consistent layout

What is the best approach to reusing the same layout for numerous tables, paragraphs etc. which share the same structure but different content? Is the best method to use custom commands/macros?
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University's logo

How to put the logo before the date and after my name in the title? I write it as \begin{document} \title{} \author{} \titlepic{ \includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{logo} \date{} but ...
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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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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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Formatting numbers while printing

Is there a way to format number strings while printing? Suppose I have the following declaration: \newcommand{\MyNumberA}{40} \newcommand{\MyNumberB}{60} The following in the text: ...
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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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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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printf-style number formatting in LaTeX

Is there a way to use printf-style number formatting strings in Latex like %.3f, %d, etc? I'm loading some data from csv files using the datatool package and would like to have it displayed exactly to ...
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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 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 have a number directly under a decimal point?

I am trying to write a number in quaternary form and would ideally like to show this by having a four underneath the decimal point. I've searched around, but can't figure out how to do this so any ...
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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 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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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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siunitx and engineering 'E' notation

Is it possible to use the siunitx package to typeset numbers with the "E" notation so that the output might look like 1E3 instead of 1 x 10^3
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Options and suggestions for hyperref font?

Background I am interested in finding and implementing a more aesthetically pleasing style for the hyperlinks in my document. I have read through the documentation, but I find both the colored text ...
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How do I enter ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι in TeX?

How do I typeset this statement if I'm using \usepackage[default]{frcursive} and \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} in my TEX file?
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How does one implement drop caps in plain TeX?

How might one implement a simple drop cap in plain TeX without additional packages?
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Customizing Chapter style in scrbook

I want to obtain styles like those showed in the next two images (I do not need the picture in the background (parabolas)): My original LaTeX code (to be customized but should keep font as they ...
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First reference to equation underlined

In these days I'm writing at my Bachelor's Thesis and I've got a new problem. I have to underline the first reference to figures, tables and equations. By searching in the Internet I've already found ...
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I just want to have the text in my pdf the same way I have it in my editor

I want to paste from the clipboard a plain text copied from a text editor (line wordpad++, vim, notepad etc), and I want TeX to respect the same line break formatting that the editor has. This works ...
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Package for more creative text formatting in latex

What is a reasonable package to be used for realizing something like the following example (including image altered): The source is ...
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Formatting Decimals

Suppose I have a long decimal (assume it is ~6 inches long when written out in 12 point font in LaTeX when I center it, so something like ...
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Non-trivial table in LaTeX

I want to convert this OO table into latex: This is what I have so far: \begin{table} \begin{center} \begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|} %p{4cm} \hline \multicolumn{7}{|c|}{Czas ...
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How to draw a border around character in a formula?

So far everything I found on the matter of borders only applies to the text mode. I want to be able to do something like $x_i = y$ so the result will be like the ordinary "xi = z" formula with the ...
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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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Is there such thing as “p{height}”

I am making a table right now and it's really annoying that items in my cell are getting crunched \begin{center} \begin{tabular}{|c| c | c|} Critical Points $P_0$ & $f(P_0)$ & Conclusion \\ ...
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Aligning the long equations

I have read all of the different solutions for fitting long formulas in a page, yet I am still not satisfied with the output I get. The formulas are right aligned which does not look good. Would you ...
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LaTeX: splitting the words

I have a quite long text, and I sometimes I have words breaking in a weird way, so I wonder if there is some command in LaTeX which will prevent the splitting of words in the whole document?
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\left[ and \right] resizing differently for very similar formulae. Don't know how to fix it.

I have a \newcommand which inserts left and right square brackets around whatever you pass it. \documentclass{minimal} \newcommand{\foo}[1]{\left[#1\right]} \begin{document} Since $\foo{B} = ...
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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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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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Adding line by line comments to math proofs

Is it possible to add a line by line discussion of my proof? I'm using the harvey mudd college math template, so the least amount of packages or class editing would be great. I'm looking for the ...
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tabular numbers in tables, proportional in text

I'm using LuaTeX with a font that has proportional, lining and tabular numbers available. Is it possible to set things up so tables automatically use tabular numbers - but proportional numbers are ...
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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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Best way to have two kinds of formattings for my documents?

I would like to produce two kinds of formattings for my documents. The 1st formatting will use colors. This is typically for reading on a screen. The 2nd formatting will use gray colors for ...
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How can I make a set of latex flashcards that I can print to write my answers on one side?

I want to adapt the code from the answer to latex flashcard problem so that the right hand side has a question and the left has the answer rather than on the bottom of the page. This is so that I ...
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Why are \listof{}{} and \listoffigures styled differently?

I'm writing my thesis and I have certain code-snippets to show. I'm using the the listings package embedded in a custom float environment to display them. To list them in an index at the beginning of ...
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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 ...