{line-breaking} is about how (La)TeX breaks paragraphs into lines and how those breaks can be influenced.

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Automatic line-break in tabular

I'm making a tabular and I'd like to automatically do a like break rather than going beyond the page. This is my tabular code: \begin{table}[h] \begin{tabular}{|l|l|l|} Use Case Navn: ...
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How to obtain perfect greyness with TeX?

Greyness, or typographic color is the apparent blackness of a block of text. I would be curious how you deal with improving it in TeX. How much can TeX's inherent line-breaking algorithm be fine-tuned ...
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paragraph style - how to force line break? \paragraph{} \\ - make paragraph a header?

I want to format paragraph to work as a regular title \paragraph{title} text goes here output of that is: title text goes here how can I change the output to force line break and use the usal ...
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Changing the style of the first *typeset* line of a paragraph

I've been playing around with dropcaps in LaTeX (with the yfonts and lettrine packages), and one typographical effect you often see after dropcaps is having the entire first line of the paragraph ...
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Rounded box around placeholder text that supports line breaking

I want to draw a rounded box around a piece of text like that: The left and right borders should be half circles and line breaking should be supported. This my code so far: \setuppapersize[A7] ...
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Splitting root symbol

How can the \sqrt command be modified to split root symbol into two or more lines automatically? Example: \documentclass{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{minipage}[t]{0.8\textwidth} ...
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Behavior of \\ inside center environment

While trying to compile a title page for my dissertation I realized that I do not understand the behavior of \\. Consider the following MWE \documentclass{memoir} \begin{document} \begin{center} ...
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Phantom and line break

I want to make a cloze test using LaTeX. My Idea was to use the \phantom command to produce the space: Some text \underline{\phantom{some text to complete}} some more text. Now the problem is that ...
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How can I make (La)TeX prefer to fill centered lines

My thesis formatting requirements ask for multiline chapter and section titles to be a maximum of 4.5 inches wide with any subsequent lines being wrapped such that they are sucessively shorter, ...
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moving the whole word to next line when there is no free space

Is there any option in tabular that can move the whole word to the next line whenever the length of the word is greater than the fixed cell size? Currently I use \begin{tabular}{ | p{2cm} | } And ...
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Class 'standalone' and linebreaks for a 'Je suis Charlie'

I have produced a Je suis Charlie image, and I wanted initially to use the standalone class, but I did not obtain the intended result. Here is the intended result: Here is the produced result: ...
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Breaking links and escaping characters in bibliographies with backlinks and ocgcolorlinks set

I have the following situation: I have to use the ocgcolorlinks option in hyperref, so that links are not broken. So I had the idea to set each char as a link with \href. After putting some code ...
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Wrong line break in description environment after a long label

I encountered an issue with my description environments: If I use a label that almost is as long as the text width, the explanatory text afterwards is not wrapped correctly. I am using the mdwlist ...
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in-cell newlines (in tabular environments)?

I'm working on a table containing multi-line cells and I wonder if the following concept is supported by LaTeX. The concept itself is simple: allow a cell to span multiple lines by increasing the ...
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Expand abbreviation automatically at beginning of line

According to an tradition in Spanish typesetting (Martinez de Sousa, MELE4), the abbreviation etc. should be fully expanded to etcétera when it appears at the beginning of the line (Spanish page in ...
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Pandoc: Markdown to PDF, without cutting off code block lines that are too long

I'm trying to convert a Markdown file into a PDF file using Pandoc. I have a lot of code blocks in my Markdown. And if I have a line of code that is too long, it will just be cut off in the PDF. How ...
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Does \\ suppress hyphenation for the following word?

I am not sure, if this is a bug of the package showhyphens or some LaTeX-behaviour I don't understand. Please have a look on the following example: % arara: lualatex \documentclass[ngerman]{article} ...
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How to break long URLs using common hyphenation but adding a line feed indicator?

I saw several questions like this one that request a solution for breaking apart URLs. I wonder if it is possible to hyphenate the words in a URL as it happens in normal text (i.e., breaking apart ...
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Line breaks in TikZ nodes [duplicate]

I have this code that outputs a small family tree \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{trees} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[ ...
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How to split a long formula and make it beautiful?

My method: \documentclass[UTF8]{ctexart} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{epstopdf} \usepackage{inputenc} \begin{document} \begin{equation} \begin{split} ...
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How can I make my text never go over the right margin by always hyphenating or breaking on word-boundaries?

I've seen several different methods that can be used to make long words not go over the right margin, but all of them have been paragraph-based. I need a solution that can apply to the entire text ...
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Hyperref + \url: long URL with dashes won't break

I've discovered a rather weird behaviour of PdfLaTeX. In this example \documentclass{article} \usepackage[breaklinks]{hyperref} \begin{document} ...
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Breakable period

LaTeX will not insert a line break before or after a period . I understand why you'd want to avoid line break before a period, since you'd otherwise get stranded periods at the end of sentences. I ...
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How can I really force the hyphenation points of a word?

I try to make XeLaTeX hyphenate the German word "Sicherheitsbeauftragter". I tried several values for x in \tolerance=x and instances of \hyphenation{Si-cher-heits-be-auf-trag-ter}. Nothing worked. ...
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Is there way to put hard space after defined words?

In Polish typography, one should avoid putting prepositions at the end of the line. Example: Nie wiedziałem, że nie umieszcza się przyimków na końcu strony. - bad Nie wiedziałem, że nie umieszcza się ...
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No newline after (sub)section?

I want my text to appear right after the call to \subsection{Name} but I can't find how to do it. I'm using the article class. An example of command: \subsection{a)} Blah blah bla... produces: ...
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Hyphenating hyphens: how to change the default \discretionary

My language, Portuguese, have undergone another orthography reform (those committees simply can't avoid themselves from doing this mess from time to time.) Now we have to adapt, which brings us to my ...
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How to use \sloppy for just some references?

I’m using XeLaTeX within MiKTeX and also the biblatex package for the literature. I’ve noticed that my bibliography set using \printbibliography is not set with the \sloppy option by default, which ...
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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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Change text background within paragraph (with automatic linebreaks)

How do I change the text color as well as the text background color for e.g. a sentence within a paragraph? I know \textcolor for coloring the font and \colorbox for background coloring ...
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Why do hyphenated words cause margin violations (and how can I prevent it)?

Sometimes my text goes past the right margin when there is a hyphenated word involved in the sentence. For example, in the figure below, the line that contains "inter-member" extends further right ...
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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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\documentclass[convert]{standalone} ignores linebreak

I tried to combine this answer Compile a LaTeX document into a PNG image that's as short as possible with my answer Add column in a table But the pdflatex -shell-escape table.tex ignores ...
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Why is \linebreak failing?

Consider the following minimal, using \linebreak: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but, once conceived, it haunted me day and ...
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force long text inside \item[{\texttt{}] to wrap

I have a LaTeX document that is automatically generated and then inserted as part of my own larger document with \input. This other document has a description environment for examples, one item for ...
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amsthm: \newtheoremstyle, headspace, \mbox{}, and lists

Q: How do I define a newtheoremstyle which will start the theorem text on a newline after the header even when the theorem text starts with a list, e.g., enumerate? If there's no way of doing this, ...
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Persuading (la)tex “silently to go beyond the envelope of 'good taste' ” to avoid an overfull hbox

My understanding, based on reading this website, is that (la)tex performs at most three passes when trying to typeset a paragraph: one based on \pretolerance, one based on \tolerance, and one based on ...
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How to deal with very long lines that do not contain spaces?

I have a problem with a lstlisting environment. I want to use it for displaying several very long lines that can not be reformatted. Independently of the option breakatwhitespace=true or false my ...
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Non-breaking space in \citet using natbib?

When adding citations in the body of a document I'm used to write ... in some interesting paper~\cite{interesting}. So that (if I'm using numbered references) the word “paper” and the citation ...
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Overfull hbox in biblatex

I just ran into a problem using biblatex with a long author and title: The output extends past the right margin of my text, because biblatex does not insert a linebreak before the date. Please see the ...
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Error with table

\begin{table}[ht] \makebox[\textwidth][c]{ \begin{tabular}{ccccc} \hline \hline [] & [] & [] & [] & []\\ [] & [] & [] & [] & []\\ ...
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Line break in edge labels in tikz graph

I'm using tikz and pgf to draw state machines in a document, and I'd like to be able to have a multiline edge label between two nodes. Something like the following would be ideal: \begin{center} ...
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Line breaking (or hyphenation?) of references in apalike

This is a problem I encountered some time ago and I never could solve it: how can you achieve correct line-breaking or hyphenation when citing references with the apalike style? Here is an example: ...
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Box around raggedright links spanning two lines extends to right margin

I need to use boxed links and ragged right text. The problem is that when a link spans two lines, though the link is broken correctly (when using pdflatex) the box around the linked text extends until ...
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Creating a multi-line colored box in LaTeX

I am trying to create a colored box in LaTeX that has two lines. I would like the text to be centered. Ideally, I want to be able to change the text font and the size of the colored box. So, an ...
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Text out of margins

I don't know why, but a line in my text is out of margins. How can I avoid this issue? I'm using classicthesis in TeXworks. Edit: with the command \overfullrule=5pt I can see a black square ...
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No indentation after empty line

Indentation can be selectively suppressed using \noindent or completely with the option parindent=full to the KOMA document classes. Books (fiction) are usually structured using paragraphs, indented ...
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Newlines after section headings in amsart

This latex code: \documentclass[9pt]{amsart} \begin{document} \subsubsection*{Animals} Rabbit horse monkey cow \end{document} Generates something that looks approximately like this: ...
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Is it possible to have hyphenations in \underlined{text}?

In a document I was writing, I had some really long captions and I wanted to emphasize the important parts in them. I tried to use \underline{} but no hyphenation was used at both the caption and at ...
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Asterism and similar breaking / non-breaking options

What are the options that can be considered an alternative to the old asterism (⁂) symbol ? I would like to denote a small break in the flow of the text, I noticed that this days many people like to ...