{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 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 \left(1-f_{p}\left(l+1\right)\right)\...
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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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Joining characters in latex with no visible space between them

I would like to insert a character such that it has no width. As a toy example consider \rightarrow\leftarrow In the middle i would like to insert a (say) \bullet, but with no horizontal space. I ...
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What is the LaTeX convention for typing “xy-plane”?

I want to type "xy-plane" in a document so that it "looks right" when I print the document. (1) xy-plane does not look right to me. (2) $xy-$plane looks bad. (3) $xy$-plane looks ok, but I feel ...
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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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Examples of list macros in plain TeX

I'm writing macros to typeset lists in plain TeX. Please can you suggest some examples of macros for numbered lists? I'd prefer examples from "living code", from CTAN packages and so on. But any kind ...
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How to create Multilevel Colored Boxes using tcolorbox/any other package?

tcolorbox Manual provides the following example: Can anybody please suggest me how to create exactly this type of box - The no. of rows to add must be flexible(It seems that tcolorbox has no option ...
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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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How to show section title before section number

The default style is section number and then section title, however I want it the other way around. Haven't been able to find a solution that doesn't give me strange errors, so any help would be ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 are)...
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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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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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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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How to write bold, italic and sans-serif at the same time?

My title is bold and sans-serif right now but two words in the title have to be italic in addition (scientific name of bacterium). Currently I'm using \selectfont to make the whole thing sans serif ...
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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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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: \the\numexpr(\...
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Formatting the title of the TOC

I would like for example to have a bold Arial like font and a red color for the title of the table of contents, and also I would like to change this title to for example "Another title for the table ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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Chapter formatting

I use report document class and the thing is that I would like to remove Chapter x phrase, add chapter number before chapter title and remove blank place between chapter name and top of page. For ...
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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 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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description environment with italic, non bold labels, bullets and normal font in the description

I think I am lost in something very easy with the enumitem package. I would like a description environment where the label is in italics and the description in normal text. I tried this \...
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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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Anyone have some cool/artistic problem set templates?

I have been losing sleep lately as to how to make the most professional looking problem set (math and physics oriented) that is both easy to read and concise (i.e. no title pages), and yet is ...
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Document Blending: An Analysis of the Sex Appeal of Business Instruments

Here is what I'm working with so far: \documentclass{letter} \usepackage{background} \usepackage{lipsum} \backgroundsetup{% scale=4, %% change accordingly angle=0, %% change ...
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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 http://blog.azubiyo.de/bewerbungstipps/deckblatt-bewerbung/...
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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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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 0....