{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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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 the following boxes using TikZ? EDIT (22.09.)
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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: ...
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Math display help [duplicate]

I need help for what command I should do. I have a sentence, and in the middle of the sentence I use a math stuff then, more words. The part with math is smaller and smushed up. I do not want to begin ...
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Why this macros doesn't work? [duplicate]

ALL i create this macro in my TeX file: \newcommand{\f2t}[2]{\label{#1}\footnote{\hyperref[#1]{#2}}} This macro is in order to return to text from the footnote when the reader click the footnote. ...
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How can I learn to make my own packages? [duplicate]

I can say I know how to create documents in LaTeX. However, I want to learn more. I would like to know how to learn to create my own packages. It may be a bit presumptuous for a beginner, but at least ...
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ComplexTable of Contents

Id like to create a table structure within my document based upon a \newlesson command for example. \newcommand{\newlesson}[1]{ \newpage \addtocounter{LessonNumber}{1}\subsubsection{{Lesson ...
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Typesetting “LaTeX” in LaTeX [duplicate]

There seems to be a macro for typesetting the acronym LaTeX, but I cannot think of manual to look it up or search term that would return relevant results. How can I typeset the word LaTeX as it ...
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Generating LaTeX reports from XML *without* external scripts

First of all, I apologize if this is pretty similiar in nature to my previous question: Reading and (custom) formatting a CSV (not \csvautotabular) I thought it would be better to separate the two ...
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Lilyglyphs how to design stem

I need to set a new command for drawing a minim with mensural notehead using LilyGlyphs. So far I have made a notehead which is a single character: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lilyglyphs} ...
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Reading and (custom) formatting a CSV (not \csvautotabular)

Suppose I have a really long, really boring list of data in - let's say CSV, but converting to other formats is an option, when this can be done automatically - and I want to prepare a section in my ...
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Meaning of “\advance\leftskip \@tempdima \null\nobreak\hskip -\leftskip”

I am a novice of LaTeX, and I encounter the following code which I can't understand fully. \def\@dottedtocline#1#2#3#4#5{% \ifnum #1>\c@tocdepth tt\else \vskip \z@ \@plus.2\p@ {\leftskip ...
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Make macros with random (but specific) output

I try to find a way to make a \newcommand so that it has different outputs, that it chooses randomly. In the best case the macro should also avoid word repetitions (something like, only choose this ...
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What is the difference between passing optional and mandatory arguments?

I wanted to define a macro which makes a program listing, and finds out a program language from an optional argument. The output I receive from the MWE below is Language set = 'Verilog' Passed ...
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Why is it recommended to put \relax before \ifmmode?

I've several times seen the recommendation to put a \relax before \ifmmode in a macro. I've tried searching for an explanation of this several times on this site, but hadn't been able to find one. An ...
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Redefining \^ and \~ in math mode?

\^ and \~ apply accents in text mode, but each gives an error when used in math mode. So I consider redefining them for my own use, perhaps like this: \let\old@hat\^ ...
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Whitespace created in csname

I am using the newfile package to use an input file to insert figures, headings etc. Everything works fine, but a whitespace is created after the variable which is a problem if that variable ...
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Completely expandable loop macro that also works in tabular

Since I normally use tikz in my documents, I mostly use the \foreach \x in \list loop to repeat things. However, this famously fails in tabular environments and also everywhere where things must be ...
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new environment with one optional and second must have arguments

Probably this question has been asked before, but I could not find a satisfactory answer anywhere. Is there a way to define a \newenviroment with an optional and a must have argument. e.g something ...
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How to pass figure position to keyval macro?

I want to wrap a macro around figure-env to make my document more readable. Here is minimal example of how it is now: \documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage{keyval} \makeatletter ...