{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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Pretty Table of Contents

I would like to know if it's possible to have a Table of Contents looking like the following, where the number of the page is the big number on the left. The sections could look like in the ...
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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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Compile a LaTeX document into a PNG image that's as short as possible

I need to convert my LaTeX documents into PNG. The problem is, I also need the resulting image to be as short as possible (height-wise). I've tried latex followed by dvipng, but the result is always ...
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Consistent typography

When working with large documents, or even across multiple (smaller) documents, I often find that I forget which typographical consistencies I should stick to. With TeX being inherently consistent in ...
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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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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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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? Related: Is there any reason ...
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Make MS Word document look like it has been typeset in LaTeX

A few years back, I used to use LaTeX for writing reports and such, and I really liked the look of them. However, nowadays I am forced to use MS Word to write my reports, but that does not hinder me ...
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Long underscore in LaTeX

In LaTeX, how would I make a long underscore? For example, Name _______ Signature _______
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underline omitting the descenders

I'm very well aware that it is considered best practice not to use underlining other than on typewriters and in handwriting. But sometimes it is needed nonetheless. In my opinion the typographically ...
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How to add some visual style and pizzazz to course notes?

LaTeX is wonderful for writing mathematical papers, but while the output is perfectly typeset it is not visually very exciting. And although it may just be "familiarity breeds contempt", I am ...
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Multiple footnotes at one point

I'm trying to create multiple footnotes referencing from one point, that look like this: lorem1,2 Searching for "multiple footnotes" shows up almost exclusively solutions for multiple references ...
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Change caption name of figures

How can I modify the caption name of a figure? For example I have \caption{This is a figure.} and by default the caption appears as Figure 1: This is a figure. However I want Fig.1 - This ...
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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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How can I underline a single word with LaTeX?

Given a simple paragraph, how do I underline a word in that paragraph? (Note: I post this here because it wasn't really obvious using google or this site and my TexNicCenter is somehow missing this ...
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Make one author's name bold every time it shows up in the bibliography

I'm working on a CV. I'd like to highlight my name in every entry in the bibliography. I've tried simply replacing {myname} with {\bf myname} or {{\bf myname}}, but they fail with various errors, ...
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Footnote without a marker

I am new to LaTeX. I am trying to write a paper using latex. I want a footnote about the funding source of my work in the first page without marker. I tried below approaches: \footnotetext{text ...
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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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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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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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Styleguide for LaTeX similar to the Google styleguides?

Even though I don't work at Google, the Google Styleguides have been very helpful for me in adopting consistent, readable style conventions for my code. Unfortunately, there is no Google Styleguide ...
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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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Date format: YYYY-MM-DD

Currently I put the date in my document using: \date{\today} How do I display the date in the YYYY-MM-DD format?
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Fit text into given box by adjusting the fontsize

I would like to fit text (potentially several paragraphs) into a box of given size. This should be done by adjusting the fontsize of the contained text. Clarification edit: The given dimensions are ...
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What is the Necessity of $…$ Around Numbers?

I typed up an assignment with a lot of numbers in LaTeX and turned it in to my adviser. When he returned it to me with some corrections, one of which was a lot of $ around my numbers. I understand ...
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Will two-letter font style commands (\bf , \it , …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX?

I understand that \bf and \it are now obsolete in LaTeX and that \textbf and \textit are proper, as they produce more sophisticated (in particular, cumulative and properly kerned) changes to font ...
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Can a table include a horizontal dashed line?

In a normal table, you can use the \hline command to draw a horizontal line. I am trying to make this line a dashed horizontal line. I have found the package dashrule via this answer, but this only ...
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How to typeset large numbers

I need to typeset some very large numbers that span a number of lines, is there a way in LaTeX to do this?
37
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number format in pgfplots axis

How can I change the type of the decimal/thousand separator from the american one to the european one? More precisely, I want: "1000" to be written as is, instead of "1,000" "0,1" instead of "0.1"
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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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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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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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Why Different Commands for Seemingly Similar Tasks?

Take a look at the following list: \textit, \it, \emph, \itshape, \mathit \textbf, \bf, \bfseries, \mathbf ... One might say, for instance, that: \mathbf and \mathit are for math mode, while the ...
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How to output a counter with leading zeros?

I can output the value of a counter in a LaTeX document via: \setcounter{mycounter}{1} \arabic{mycounter} Which inserts a 1. But how do I format the output by, for example, adding a leading zero if ...
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Formatting section titles

Forgive the stupid simplicity of this question, and please feel free to refer me to an older answer. I'm not quite familiar enough with LaTeX terminology to have found it. All I want to do is set a ...
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Non italic text in theorems, definitions, examples

What package should I use, or what setting can I make to the font in theorems so that the text wouldn't be italic. I use amsmath, and from default, everything I write in theorem environments becomes ...
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German language: use of comma in numbers

In German the comma rather than the period is used as a decimal separator and the dot is used as a thousands separator: 12.345,67. The comma creates some unwanted space when used as in $12.345,67$. Is ...
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How to style text in hyperref \url?

I want to set color, font and similar style attributes for the text in a \url from the hyperref package. How do I go about doing it? All I have found are comments saying that I probably don't want to ...
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Adding a per-chapter image along with group of entries in ToC

Friends, I have an old analytic geometry book with an unusual table of contents: for every group of entries based on the current chapter, there is an image along with it. Well, let me show some actual ...
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Underline just words, not the space between them

I need to typeset a sentence such that just the words are underlined, and not the space between the words. Using the \underline will include the spaces between the words. I could do it with something ...
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Fanciest way to include Mathematica code in LaTeX

I am trying to include a Mathematica code in LaTeX. To obtain the Mathematica code I just exported notebook as PDF. I didn't like the way it was included in my TEX code so I just thought of adding a ...
32
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Change bullet style / formatting in Beamer

I like the Boadilla layout for Beamer presentations, but I find its enumerate bullet points illegible, as illustrated below (from the Beamer Theme Matrix). How can I change the formatting of the ...
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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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How can I make a horizontal dashed line?

How can I make a horizontal dashed line in LaTeX? Just writing lots of single dashes results in a continuous horizontal line.
31
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How to format an inline source code

I have a document where I quiet often refer to source code element, such as class names, I wanted to format these strings differently, but at the beginning I didn't want to fiddle with various options ...
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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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Stickers on Thesis paper

I want to put a sticker "Examiners Copy" on the the front page of the thesis. How to do this?
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How do I typeset morse code with LaTeX

I am writing an article regarding the history of the Morse code and I am having difficulties printing the dots and dashed (they get combined when the document is printed). Is it also possible to ...
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set the font family for lstlisting

I have the following set up for my listings : \lstset{basicstyle=\footnotesize,breaklines=true} \lstset{framextopmargin=50pt,frame=bottomline} I would like to change the font family to Courier. ...
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All letters in uppercase, but the first letter bigger than the other ones

I want to know how can I achieve this effect in LaTeX: Basically it looks like this: {F}IRST {L}ETTER, where the letters in the braces are a little bigger than the other ones but they all the ...