{macros} is for questions specifically concerning TeX's macro processor. Note that, because TeX uses macros ubiquitously, most questions about code that uses macros are not looking for information about how macros work, and so are not appropriate for this tag.

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Preprocessing code for cross-compilation of two different projects?

I have two different projects, which are the LaTeX code for English and Greek for the same book. Does LaTeX support preprocessing code (without using any external tools) that would allow two ...
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tikz: How to pass a list as a parameter of a tikz macro and use it in a foreach inside the macro

I am trying to write a macro for drawing some graph, but since the content of each node is specific it has somehow to be passed as a list to the macro. Here is an example of an ad-hoc code of what I ...
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How to avoid the compilation of some of my newcommads in latex

I'm writing an exam for my students, and have defined 3 commands to insert spaces with \dotfill permitting them to write their responses: \rep,\replarge, \repLarge for short and large responses: ...
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How to show multi-choice answer key at the end of the document?

I want to show the answer keys at the end of the (multiple-choice) exam page. I have a bank of questions and answers (always the first answer in the bank is assumed to be the right choice), and some ...
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Report class section hierarchy duplication with alternate prefix format OR multiple documentclass references in discrete environments

In a large thesis style document being prepared, there are certain parts (latex hierarchy \part{}) that are being treated as insertions of previously prepared work. This may include articles or ...
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A question about using a \renewcommand to adapt a package

This article is a sub-question of: Cross-referencing on two kinds of end-footnotes (separated and with different coloured numbers) Hi, I am trying to adapt a package called parnotes (which can be ...
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Similar Structured Macros

I am currently using the macro, \def\<#1: #2: #3\>{\langle #1\;:\if#2\empty\else\;#2\;\fi:\;#3\rangle} Taken from: http://ctan.org/pkg/tex-ewd. And I would like to make another similar macro, ...
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Passing return values from one \newcommand to another \newcommand?

I would like to know how to pass out the output of one \newcommand to the input of another \newcommand. For example: \newcommand{\bra}[1]{$\langle{#1}|$} \newcommand{\comm}[2]{$ ...
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Textsize changes with \par

This is somehow a follow-on post of Newline linespacing problems within a table cell. What i want to do is having different font styles in one table cell. I've learnt so far that a local size change ...
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Commands to help indexing

I want to have easier ways to index large texts such as thesis, reports, books. I found lots of posts here asking for some magic tool to do that automatically. And as far as I could realize from the ...
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Nested \def's causing \inaccessible error

I tried out a - at least in my eyes - very simple way to capitalize words: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begingroup% \obeyspaces%\catcode`\ \active \def {\space\MakeUppercase}% Hello ...
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Inserting Macros in argument of \sindex[]{} aren't expanded

I've to build an individual register with \sindex[]{} from the splitxdx package from an outside generated TeX code. The call name of people with two firstnames is sometimes put in braces, sometimes ...
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How to insert a dashed line over a bigwedge symbol so that the dashed line behaves like overline would?

I want to insert a dashed line over symbols \bigwedge and \bigvee in such a way that it looks exactly like a solid line over the same symbols. I know how to insert a solid line over those symbols (for ...
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using \def for my own \newenvironment

I am trying to write a command that shortens for a command for writing proof. At the moment, I used to use \newenvironment{proof}% {\textbf{Proof:}}% {\begin{flushright} $\blacksquare$ ...
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creating custom function for images

I've been going through some LaTeX today and I'm wondering how to get a custom function that will display images. What I wanted to do was have custom functions for each chapters images that would ...
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! Missing \endcsname inserted. Because of Turkish [duplicate]

When I try to build and view my .tex document. I get the error. I have viewed at the topics like the problem. How can I fix the problem ? Thank you for all appreciated answers. Error: ! Missing ...
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Converting strings to counts

I'm reading in a number (as text) from the aux file and I want to do a numerical test (\ifnum) on it. I can to it using \setcounter and \value, but I really don't want to create a counter just to do ...
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Supply commands to be executed upon leaving math mode

I have an important macro \textmacro that can only be invoked in text mode. I would like a macro \mathmacro such that issuing the command Some text $a^b\mathmacro c^d$ more text is automatically ...
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Macros that can lead to double periods at end of sentence

Suppose that a document makes a heavy use of one of the abbreviations PhD, Ph.D., DPhil and D.Phil., and for the sake of consistency the author decides to define a \PhD macro and use it whenever they ...
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LaTeX: macro templates

Often at the end of astronomical papers there is written that it was created using the AAS LaTeX macro v5.2 . Do I understand this right that one can download such a template with all preamples at the ...
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Special behavior if optional argument is not passed

I am looking to define a command (actually, an environment, but that shouldn't matter for the purposes of this question) that does some default behavior, and if an optional argument is passed, does ...
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Macro take argument without wrapping in brackets?

I want to make macro which do not require curly brackets to accepts an argument. Lets invent an example. Say I want a macro which accepts an optional argument f and an argumentx: \dd[f]{x} And ...
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Multiple problems with custom commands and fancyhdr

I have kind of a multiple part question. I am making a class file for a standard operating procedure class file. This includes the need for revision control flags. I am trying to make a custom ...
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Is there any way to create extensions for latex

I wonder whether or not there is a platform to create extensions for latex. ANd if there is, here is the extension I want: My main language is turkish. And turkish is agglutinative language. For ...
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Custom environment for second-level items not vertically aligning properly

While writing a document with lots of enumerate environments, I wanted to add a little subset, 1. So the item is here — and the inset is here Which I did pretty easily. However, when I ...
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Storing an array of strings in a command

I want to store three strings in a variable \mydata like the following: \storedata\mydata{one}{two}{three} Then I want to extract the first/second/third string in the following way: ...
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Change positioning of *all* figures

I'm designing all the figures for a book and I wanted to be able to change the positioning [hbtp] of all of them with one macro/command. A solution in which I could override the existing positioning ...
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Macro expansion and href with hyperlink

I have very simple question I hope! I am writing a book on MPASM (PIC) assembler and there will be very many similar links to programs, hex files, videos etc. These will be enclosed in a standard ...
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What might be wrong if one defines \newcommand{\1} [closed]

Coincidentally, I download a beamer theme from online source (Feathertheme.sty). When I try to add some packages to my own beamer file (say \usepackage[xy]{xy}), I see that it goes wrong, the ...
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Macros for image, coimage, and cokernel [duplicate]

I work in LyX. There's a default macro for the kernel: \ker which has nice spacing if I put something after it, compared to \text{ker}. I'd like to have macros with the same nice spacing for the ...
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Custom command to represent $L_1$ metric distance that works both inside and outside math mode

I'm trying to write to define \ds(a,b) so that it results in $||a - b||_1$. This should also work inside a math environment e.g. as part of an inequality statement, but I should be able to use it in ...
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Defining `$$$ $$$` to align

I would like to define $$$ \zeta(s) = \dfrac1{1^s} + \dfrac1{2^s} + \cdots $$$ as a short hand for \begin{align} \zeta(s) = \dfrac1{1^s} + \dfrac1{2^s} + \cdots \end{align}` How should I go ...
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Refers to a node on a chemfig inside a node in a tikzpicture. Macro definitions

Consider the minimal example: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Calling macro fails with error \inaccessible

I am trying to define a macro which I will include in a class definition. For the time being I put the macro definition in the normal document. Compiling the following document fails. ...
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How to create a minimal working example for verbatim use in macro definition with cprotect?

cprotect can be used to use verbatim in a macro definition according to the package specification. Just like everything else in the world that doesn't provide an example it doesn't work in real life ...
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Macro for image including

I was wondering if there is a work around, or better way, to include images. I am using a simple macro that helps me: My main.tex \documentclass{article} \usepackage{graphicx} ...
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Delimiting-a-macro-with-itself-chain

Reading this question and the answer of @Werner made me think about if it is possible to have chains of self-delimiting macros like \XX abc \XX def \XX xyz or lets say \begin{someenv} \XX abc \XX ...
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newcommand: boldface is extended to next character

I am using a newcommand like this \newcommand{\gen}{\textbf{P1}\xspace} and it works just fine. However in the text the boldface is always extended to the next character. For example lorem ipsum ...
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changes package for peer reviewed journal: hide authors and convert 'replaced' to 'added'

I'm using the changes package to keep track of any changes I ( and my co-authors ) made for a peer reviewed journal. Meaning, in response to each of the reviewers' comments, we are using a new author ...
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How to implement a macro for normal ordering of operators?

I am looking to typeset the normal ordering symbols :O: commonly used in quantum field theory in a way that makes them easily discernible from regular colons, especially the 'defined as' symbol :=. ...
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\if leqno or reqno: command to check whether left or right eq. Numbers were set

I am defining my own command and need to check, which mode the user has set, whether reqno or leqno. Is there a way to do this?
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Correct superscript spacing for new mathbin

I redefined the \div command so that it's U+2215 aka ∕, but for some reason when I use it as a superscript the spacing between this symbol and its numbers is really tight (works fine in displaymode or ...
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Is there a semantic definition command?

Every time I want to emphasize a definition word in a paragraph I need to explicitly state the formatting with \mathbf{<word(s)>}. But I'd like to use a semantic command like ...
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How to make a function inside the tikzpicture behave like outside

I have a makro which generates a structure(rule) and a reference to that structure. It does not behave when inside a tikzpicture. How to make the function robust to reference the structure even when ...
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How to replace text

I'd like to write something like this: \replace{Text should be replaced here, here and here}{here}{Latex} It should output Text should be replaced Latex, Latex and Latex How can this be done? ...
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Expand second argument/counter

I'm currently working on a somewhat automatic way to generate B+ trees. Thus I introduced a new macro to generate the content of a matrix of nodes which should also generate the labels automatically. ...
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Chapter Opener in both Right and Left Side

I would like to get the below chapter opener with back-end Image in my LaTeX file. 1) BackEnd Image 2) Front End Chapter Number and Chapter Title. 3) Yellow Color box is backend and what you will ...
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image height reduce/increase automatically

I have the below boxed environment. The image should place in the marginpar width. When my environment is going long the image should automatically increase upto my enviroment, when is going to low it ...
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Problem with answers using hyperlinks and tbox

I have minor problems with the solutions shown in Hyperlink with answers package I wanted to make a macro which takes solution and exercise as arguments, uses a button like mutual reference, and ...
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How to parse a macro that contains a \let?

My situation is similar to, but hopefully different from How do I ‘expand’ a control sequence \let to a character?, as that question does not admit a positive answer. I want to parse, not expand, but ...