{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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destructive code by style file

I'm making a certain program, which is calling LaTeX. I'm thinking that this program can include only one style file. My question is "can we write destructive code in style file?". For example, can ...
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Macro to add starred version of command

How can one write a meta-macro that adds a starred version to a command? Intended use would be along the lines of \newcommand\foo[1]{foo is #1} \addstarred\foo[2]{foo is #1, bar is #2}
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Redefine \chapter and \chapter* with \cleardoublepage inside .cls-file

\newcommand{\Chapter}[1]{{\let\cleardoublepage\relax\chapter{#1}}} works fine. How can I do the same for the stared (*) version inside a .cls-file? (Could be interesting for others: Is there any ...
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macro with optional argument in eforms textField

This is my code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{polyglossia} \usepackage[useui]{eforms} \newcommand{\myvalue}[1][]{Testvalue #1} \begin{document} ...
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Matrix of values as parameter for a macro

This is my code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{polyglossia} \usepackage{forloop} \newcommand{\values}[2]{ \ifcase#1% \ifcase#2% value a% \c% value ...
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Space between commandname and argument-braces

Simple question, maybe duplicate but can't find it. I see some people (especially novices) writing something like \textbf {text} %or \frac {1} {2} It looks not good with the spaces between the ...
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Macro indent line even on newline

I'm new to creating my own commands (this is my first) and I can't seem to achieve what I set out to do. My current command looks like this \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} ...
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How to make a command completely empty / invisible / non-existent?

I have a command like \newcommand{\todo}[1]{#1} which I sometimes replace by: \newcommand{\todo}[1]{} In terms of spacing/whitespace, the behavior of the "empty" command is as follows: Test. ...
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Defining a command with variable number of primes

I want to construct a new command which allows me to write somthing like: \env{3} Which would then expand to: σ''' I.e. a sigma with the specified number of primes. I however have not been able ...
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Page break after each section with title

I'd like to have there be a page break in between each section, just like in this question, but I'd also like there to be no page break prior to the first section (that is, between the title and the ...
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Define a macro changing category code of number sign (namely \makenumbersignletter)

Under Typesetting hashtags with natural syntax Joseph Wrigh ask me to ask a new question: In LaTeX, \makeatletter is short for changing the category code of @. But something like ...
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Typesetting hashtags with natural syntax

I'm using an online conversation in my document and I've made an environment to use for it. The thing is, there are many #hashtags in each post (that I'd like to color appropriately). To make it ...
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ConTeXt: Macro within macro for URLs

Background Would like to define a base URL that can be reused by other macros. Problem Using the \goto macro requires a fully expanded URL. Minimum Working Example Here's code that illustrates ...
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Why doesn't \makeatletter work inside \newcommand?

After hours of banging my brain against my skull, I narrowed down an issue I'm having to the fact that \makeatletter doesn't work inside \newcommand. Commands that I call after \makeatletter are ...
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Using \newcommand with arguments inside of \newcommand

I'm using the following commands inside my main TeX file right after the ToC. \mainmatter \pagestyle{fancy} \renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{\chaptername\ \thechapter.\ #1}{}} ...
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Defining a command that scans every arguments' macro “looking for” a token

Knowing that every command declaration with conditionally optional arguments, as \foo{...} expanding into \foo[default]{...} can be defined by \newcommand\foo[1][default]{...} or the safer version of: ...
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Tex capacity exceeded by using renewcommand to add arguments into a list

I was working on a small macro in which I create a \newcommand with two arguments. The second argument is just a name. I want to use this \newcommand more than once and at the end I would like to have ...
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Expanding parameters inside \csname

I've browsed every question I can find on \csname and I see lots of code that uses it inside a macro and passes the arguments inside to be part of the name, but only when defining a macro. I need to ...
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textual replacement within spreadtab

similar to this question I want to use a function inside of a spreadtab region, but i do not want to use it out of a seperate file but just simplify the usage and readability. Unfortuntely the usage ...
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Defining a command that conditionally defines/checks for counters

In order to complete one custom package command I needed an internal macro, I called it \@test@count{❬argument❭}, and should accomplish the following: Internally defines a new counter \❬argument❭ ...
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Retrieving coordinates of every character in a formula

I'm writing a program that uses LaTeX to display formula's. The user must be allowed to click on different parts of the formula, and the program should know on which part the user clicked. Is there ...
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How to properly expand an argument to the \url or \path macro?

In the following MSE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{url} \newcommand{\rootDir}{\$ROOTDIR} \newcommand{\myDir}{my/dir} \newcommand{\makeFilePaths}[3]{% ...
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How do I make \dots more compact? Or are there alternatives?

How would I go about changing the \dots command to be more compact? I would like the dots to be closer together so that the printed symbol takes less horiontal space. Alternatively, does anybody know ...
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Section and newcommand in LaTeX's memoir

I want to change the section layout. The section layout should start with an § then the number (which should start with 1 instead of 0.0) and then the name of the section. I have tried to make such a ...
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Write multiple pdfs with different options

Thanks a lot for the help in advance. This might be a stupid question, or a potential overkill for this kind of forum, but the situation is as follows: I'm writing my dissertation and - of course - ...
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verbatim text in tables and macros [duplicate]

I have a cheatsheet with a table that looks like \begin{tabular}{l|l} $k > 0$ & \verb+k > 0+ \\ $k \geq 0$ & \verb+k \geq 0+ \\ $\sum_l$ & \verb+\sum_l+ \\ %etc ...
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How can I automatically replace subscripts and highlight GoTo labels?

I have to show a lot of autogenerated code throughout my document. The generated code represents loops with explicit block labels and gotos. The following code applies function f to each element of ...
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How to calculate and use the ratio of two lengths?

I want to calculate the ratio of two lengths in Latex, so that I can then stretch an en dash by that ratio. For example, in the code below, I'd like to replace the "0.7" value of FakeStretch with the ...
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Macro parameter delimited by more than one delimiter

TeX user can simply create the macro with a parameter delimited by an arbitrary sequence of tokens. For example \def\macro #1delimiter{...#1...} Is it possible to create a macro with a parameter ...
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Replace instances of \cite that have a specific argument

In LaTeX, is there a way to define a macro (or something) to replace every instance of \cite{a_literal_string} with \ref{appendix:a_different_literal_string} without touching instances of \cite ...
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Use the counter value as an argument

Do you know a simple way to use the current counter value to call the argument in a macro? In myPackage I have this Note: I have the for loop defined as % ...
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newcommand: different behavior depending on number of args?

I want to make my citations simpler. I'm in theoretical physics where citations are numbered, so \cite{citation} will pull up simply "[1]" (for example). Common usage is to write "Ref. [1]." I made a ...
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Defining a macro with combine many options to one bracket

I am beginner in writing macros with multi options. What I want to do, is to combine many options to one pair of brackets. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} ...
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How to draw the following box using TikZ?

How to draw box using TikZ? How to draw box using TikZ?
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Are \end… macro names reserved in LaTeX2e?

Perhaps this question has been asked before, but I could not track the correct question down. I stumbled accidentally over this feature: Say, I want to make a ...
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Lower case first character

How do you make a macro that takes 1 argument and forces the very first character to low? So you could write the following: \firstToLow{SOME TEXT INPUT OF VARIATING LENGTH} And then get this ...
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Is there a way to define a newcommand that can evaluate mathematical expressions

Let's suppose that I have a very complicated function that depends on i and j. So I define a new command, say \newcommand{\foo}[2]{X_{i+j+1}}. % This might be an complicated expression, but I want ...
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captionof{} and double-spacing

I am combining Tikz pictures with \includeimage in my thesis, which means I am mixing \captionof{} and \caption for captioning all of my images. I have now noticed that after invoking \doublespacing ...
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Problem with \titleprefixword

I'm trying to make a songbook with Songs Package. The songs are in Spanish and I want to use the \titleprefixword macro to avoid sorting my song titles starting with the articles (El, La, Los, Las). ...
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write , instead of . in mathmode

in my language it's typical to write comma in numbers instead of a dot (12,34 instead of 12.34). However, if I write ",", it automatically inserts space right after the comma. To overcome this, I have ...
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How to forward a command parameter?

I am defining a new command and a flag with: \newcommand{\setActorsStyle}[1][1]{ \ifnum#1=1 \setActorsStyleColor{} \else \setActorsStyleBW{} \fi } \newcommand{\flag}{0} Calling the ...
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Apply macro to .tex file and get a new .tex file

Are there a preprocessor for TeX, like for C/C++? Are there a way to apply a macro to .tex file in order to generate new file? For example, I have macro: \renewcommand{asd}{some phrase here} I ...
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Different fnmark style in footer and text

I'm using the memoir document class and redefining fnmark like this in my preamble: \documentclass{memoir} \usepackage{footnote} \usepackage[bottom,hang]{footmisc} \usepackage{xcolor} ...
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Dump command as readable text?

Is it possible to dump the expanded form of a command as text? E.g. when I write a macro \newcommand{\mytest}[1]{\texttt{#1}} I would want to define a macro \mydump such that ...
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macro inside tikzpicture environment

When I take a part of a tikz picture out and put it into a macro, the code stops working. So, why does the following not work? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz}\usetikzlibrary{matrix} ...
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problem with macro using \ifx

[Edit 1] originally titled "can't understand why this simple macro causes complex error" [original post] I've written a book, and now I'm trying to produce the e-book using tex4ht. Adapting this ...
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Where should I put LaTeX macro package files?

I'm preparing to submit an article to one of Springer's journals. It requires to use Springer's LaTeX macro package. (http://www.springer.com/statistics/journal/10985 --> Instruction for authors --> ...
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What is LaTeX's \if@nobreak mechanism for and how does it work?

many LaTeX sectioning-related commands have a block in manipulating the \@nobreak flag. Taking the following example for the sake of example: \begingroup \parindent \z@ \rightskip \@pnumwidth ...
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Providing optional key without value

I would like to prepare a macro with an optional argument like [wide], using xkeyval. (something whether to use \figure or \figure* inside) My test program below presents the output test0=false ...
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WinEdt cannot locate the specified .tex and .bib files

My laptop OS crushed and I did a fresh re-installation. I have installed WinEdit 8.1, 64-bit, and MiKTeX 2.9, 64-bit. However, I am trying to compile a TeX file but it returns the following error: ...