{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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Is it possible to use `renewcommand` to replace the `hyperref` command with `hyperlink`?

I am using Beamer with Hyperref, and I have a problem with the \hyperref command. The link is active, but it sends me to the first slide of the talk. I've read here in the Troubleshooting section ...
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scope of \def within a beamer document

The following MWE displays the problem. \documentclass{beamer} \begin{document} \begin{frame}{Frame 1} \def\test{hello} \test % prints hello \end{frame} \begin{frame}{Frame 2} \test % ...
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Using a previously defined command in a loop stops the loop

I defined a command \mycommand, and then I would like to use it in a loop like \newcounter{myc}\setcounter{myc}{0} \def\myloop#1{ \loop \ifnum \themyc <#1 \mycommand ...
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formating pgp - insert a space every four

I am an occasional latex user (means that I never used it to the point of writing a big professional text with, but wrote a few pieces for personal use) and want to create some visting cards, basic ...
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Correct way to make command defined in tikzpicture environment (in an example) available in all documents?

The wonderful answer to the question Easy curves in TikZ shares some code that is defined inside a tikzpicture environment. I share the relevant portion of the answer here: Here is a slightly ...
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LaTeX newcommand with fontname as parameter

Since I want to display several fonts I my document showing an example of the alphabet of each font I wanted to define a new command to easily get the alphabet; the code for this is the following: ...
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Beamer: problem with redefining the frames

I have some trouble with beamer: I start with a simple example: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{default} \begin{document} \begin{frame} first frame \end{frame} ...
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what does \z mean?

In some codes I encountered some \z command, for example: \pgfmathrandomitem\z{mylist}\z\prunelist{mylist} from this question: Generating random numbers without repetitions. What exactly does it ...
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providecommand for column vector

I'm trying to provide a command for a column vector. I defined this in the header: \providecommand{\vector}[3]{\ensuremath{\left( \begin{matrix} #1 \\ #2 \\ #3 ...
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\xdef with arguments in \newcommand?

Considering this newcommand (it works fine) \newcommand\createCMDSH[4]{% \expandafter\@ifdefinable\csname #3#2\endcsname{% \expandafter\xdef\csname #3#2\endcsname{% ...
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Align a word to a point past the right margin

I made a simple title command: \documentclass{article} \RequirePackage{graphics} \newcommand{\modtitle}[2]{% \vspace*{-5\baselineskip}\noindent\hspace*{-.75in}% ...
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Operator with both arguments and limits

I'd like to define a command \E that can be used precisely as follows: it should translate \E{f(x)} \E_x{f(x)} into \mathbb{E}(f(x)) \mathbb{E}_x(f(x)) respectively. Specifically, the goal is to ...
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How can I, if possible, create a command whose output is dependent on an argument/parameter for language switching?

Question I would like the ability to work with macros in multilingual (xelatex) documents. Example Situation I have a large document in 8 languages that share a common preamble. I decide there is ...
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xycirc.tex problem with “;”

So I am having this problem, while using xyqcirc.tex. I called at the beginning by using \input{xyqcirc.tex}, but then before every \item, in itemize environment, or example, this symbol appears: ; , ...
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TeX — Non-italicized varepsilon

I'm studying TeX from The TeXbook. I was asking myself, just for exercise, if there is a way to obtain a non-italicized \varepsilon in a simple way, without using some outer package but just with some ...
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Can one avoid typing double quotes in this TikZ-involving macro?

I need to draw many similar complicated colored shapes; I made a macro for them, and it works, but to call it I seemingly have to place several color names in double quotes. Can I avoid this? The ...
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Insert something “Before the end of document”

I insert the name and licence with the command \nameofcompany at the end of my document like this: \nameofcompany \end{document} Now, I want to generalize it to some documents, for that I found ...
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How to use variables in calculations when defining a new TikZ command

I'm trying to define a new command to use in a TikZ picture. but it seems I can't work with variables (in this case the \defs) inside the newcommand definition. At least not the way I am doing it ...
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Is there a way to define a shorter command macro instead of \begin{equation} \label{}\end{equation}?

So instead of using the whole \begin{equation} {body} \label{} \end{equation} I could simply type something like \inserteq{{x+y=1}{eq1}} That would be very helpful. Thanks on advance!
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How should I handle a counter where the numbers do not have a pattern?

I am working on homework and problems are assigned from several sections of a book. For example, I have to solve problems 1, 7, 24 from section 1 and problems 2, 5, 9 from section 2. I do not care ...
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How to get \ifcase to work with a macro argument

How can I make the \ifcase statement accept my \myindex macro as an argument in the following example. On its own, the \myindex macro expands correctly, however, I get an error when I use it as the ...
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Calling the GDI Popup Interface with Own Macro to Pull Gathered Lables

In this Previous Question I was able to gather labels with a Macro I created. Now I've got the opposite problem. I want to pull to pull up that nice GDI Popup Interface when I use a macro. Here's ...
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Custom Macro for Sum Symbol

I want to write a macro which makes a transformation for the sum symbol. When i write: \csum_{i = 1000000}^{n} it should be converted to this: \sum_{\mathclap{i = 1000000}}^{n} \; How can i do ...
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How to defer content to a later part of the document?

I want to create a collection of problems, each problem consisting of the problem itself, optional hints and optional solutions. I wanted to know what would be the best way to do it ? I could use ...
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How to change theorem numbering when macro file is involved

In my macro file, I have certain theorem environments defined, for example. \newtheorem{theorem}{Theorem} \newtheorem{lemma}[theorem]{Lemma} \newtheorem{corollary}[theorem]{Corollary} ...
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define a macro with two parameters delimited by optional spaces

I want to define a macro with two parameters which delimited by optional spaces. For example, from the following code \def\mymacro #1 #2 {#1:#2 } \mymacro one two others I get one:two others. But ...
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How to do centered interlinear text in LaTeX

How to do interlinear text like below? Especially, number over the word is centered in relation to this word. I tried with hbox and centering command but not works. ...
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\newcommand{\name}{Name} to change a keyword in different versions [duplicate]

Well, I'm using \newcommand{\Name}{Name } so I can change the name for different versions of my pdf. When I use it like {Name }, with a space bar, sometimes in the text it gives 2 spaces, and ...
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How to define such a command with an optional argument in my class?

I'm preparing a document class: \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e} \ProvidesClass{myclass} \LoadClass{book} \RequirePackage[demo]{graphicx} \newcommand{\@mypic}[1]{% ...
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Suggestions for nested proofs

I would like to write down my lecture notes. The proofs of the theorems in this lecture are usually really big. It usually looks like this: Theorem 1: Here comes the statement of the Theorem ...
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Create commands for displaying pictures from a list of files

I have a lot of pictures to show in my document. My idea is to create one command per picture. So I try to use foreach command (maybe not the best for this...). I store the filenames and the names I ...
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Nested or variable functions of xstring

My idea is to use xstring package for dealing with some string tests. In my case, I used the \strLeft function for extracting the 3 first letters of a string. Then, I use this result in \IfStrEqCase ...
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A key-value side effect

In one of my macros, I wanted to set some width to either two-column or single column width. In other macros I do use key width, so I wanted to store the requested width in that key. So my first ...
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array and command in column' s definition of table

to develop a specific class, I would like to define columns in a table by a macro definition. Like in this MWE \def\titi{c|c|c} \begin{tabular}{\titi} a& b&c\\ a& b&c\\ a& ...
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Is it possible to pop a command from the \@preamblecmds list?

Is it possible to pop a command from the \@preamblecmds list? The use case I have in mind is to allow \DeclareMathOperator to be used after the preamble.
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environment within environment within command

So.... I'm trying to create (what I assume) is to be a simple command that tries to do some nice formatting. Here is what I have. \usepackage{enumitem} \newenvironment{question}{\bf}{\normalfont} ...
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What are the uses of \@bsphack & \@esphack

I see the macro duo: \@bsphack ... code ... \@esphack appearing in different places. I noted that it suppresses spaces around the macro in which these commands are used, but when do you need to ...
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Tex macro needed to display mercurial keywords

I have mercurial keywords in a latex doc which I wish to process. \documentclass[12pt]{article} % This macro is an example based on the UK Tex FAQ: % ...
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Automatically clean (numerous) customization macros gathered in an auxiliary file

I have to gather, in a single source file, source files from several authors, each of them with its own (many) \newcommand, \newtheorem, etc. I'd like to limit the scope of each of these ...
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Problem with catcode of @ (at-sign) in a package

I have put the following in example.tex: \catcode`\@=13 \let@\IND The problem is when I want to use my package eexxample.sty that contains example.tex, the comand @ won't come out, it will turn ...
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Empty groups {} when writing environment contents verbatim (but with expanded macros)

In answering this question, I noticed some trickiness regarding empty groups {} in an otherwise verbatim context. Suppose you capture the contents of an environment verbatim (as in that question), ...
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How to keep text together

I am currently creating various macros in order to format text. Now I want to keep certain information together. It seems that there are two ways in order to achieve this: Use boxes such as mbox Use ...
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TeX/LaTeX: Macro for getting a length as number

I would like to write a macro getlengthin to get a length or dimen as floating point number in a specified unit. Here is what I have created so far: \documentclass{article} ...
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Help with a \newcommand not working with autonum

I am writing my thesis. To write math formulas I created the command \eq as follows. \newcommand{\eq}[1]{ \begin{equation} \begin{split} #1 \end{split} \end{equation}} However, now I want ...
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\newcommand with optional argument

The idea is define a command as \newcommand{\mycommand}{This is the official long name} and I use it as \mycommand several times in the document. But sometimes I would like a short name, something ...
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How to define a command that produces a different savebox depending on the argument

I'd like to define a sequence of saveboxes \fooA, \fooB, etcetera, in a style file and introduce a command like \newcommand{\foo}[1]{....} which produces \usebox{\fooA} if the argument of \foo is 1, ...
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Bold paragraph symbol in redefined paragraph command

I have redefined the paragraph command, so that a paragraph symbol is pronted along with the number. \renewcommand{\theparagraph}{\S \arabic{paragraph}} ...
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New command, load multiple images

I have to load multiple images to my thesis. Its about 320 pictures to shortcut this, I want to make a new command to load them more flexible. My basic idea was to create a new command with multiple ...
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Draw rectangle with two foci (like an ellipse)

How can the code be improved? Can I make the variables local? \documentclass[12pt,tikz,border=5pt]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{calc} % this is from % ...
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(e)def and BibLaTeX

I'm trying to understand why the following code does not work: \documentclass[12pt]{book} \usepackage{polyglossia} \setdefaultlanguage{french} \setotherlanguage{english} ...