{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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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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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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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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Where to type command line to compile Latex on Ubuntu? [closed]

(Please forgive me if this question is so simple or looks stupid) I want to run Latex on Ubuntu. It is said that we use similar commands as those used in Windows OS, (e.g. pdflatex file.tex, ...) ...
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Create a command for a different font

I'm pretty new to Latex and I am writing my thesis. I would like to use a command that I can essentially change the font of a few words in-line or separate (like an equation). I have computer ...
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True `macros' in (La)TeX [duplicate]

When using \newcommand and the like, LaTeX seems to create a new box for the content (I'm probably observing things wrong). For example, I have \newcommand{\p}[1]{\ensuremath{\left(#1\right)}} in my ...
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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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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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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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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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! 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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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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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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Defining macros in LyX

I am having a problem defining a script that I got as a macro in LyX (or even making it "work" in LyX). The script I have is the following: ...
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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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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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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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Isn't there any other way of doing double quotes in LaTeX besides `` + ''?

The standard way of writing quotes and double quotes in LaTeX is with `` and '', but I find them quite ugly. Isn't there something similar to \emph{}, but for quotes? I mean something like ...
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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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LyX command(s) to insert WYSIWYG horizontal line, for keyboard shortcut

Using the menu entry Insert > Formatting > Horizontal Line I can insert a WYSIWYG horizontal line into a LyX document. I want to figure out the internal command(s) used to do this so I can set up a ...
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How do I debug pgfkeys?

I'm sure if you're reading this question you are already familiar with my love for pgfkeys. However, it is absolutely impossible to debug: \tracingmacros is a total mess, with every key expanding to ...
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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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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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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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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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Defining commands/abbreviations that contain numbers

I tend to use \newcommand to define macros for symbols I use often, e.g. \newcommand{\hankel}{H^{(1)}_0}. One inconvenience of this approach is the fact that command names cannot include numbers. ...
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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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Automatically enclose \glt line from gb4e in \enquote{}

How can I automatically enclose the \glt (\trans) line in gb4e's interlinear glosses in context-aware quotation marks with \enquote{} from csquotes? \documentclass{article} ...
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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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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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Vertical addition and multiplication and long division

Is there in existence packages that recreate the following environments: Some of the above have been discussed like in the How to present a vertical multiplication but what I am interested in is if ...
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“Flatten” macros prior to sharing LaTeX file

Is there a way/an existing tool to process a LaTeX source document such that for a given list of macro definitions (using \newcommand), calls to those macros are replaced by their expanded version? ...
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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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Kind of spurious space

I'm trying to write a \spaced macro: it takes a string as parameter, decompose that string and then recompose it spreading avery token from the others according to a given \spreadratio. Here are the ...
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Plain TeX macros with \obeylines and no delimiters.

How can I define a macro, say \address, so that I can use it like this: \address 27/7 Montague Street Edinburgh and it would put the lines following it into another macro, say \addrinfo ? What I'm ...
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Doing an interlinear text

I want to produce a three-line interlinear text with numbers and asterisks in the top line, Greek in the middle, and the vernacular (Portugese) in the bottom. An example is below: The challenge, as ...
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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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Using \snoc as macro name inside mathpar

I'm able to define a macro called \snoc but unable to use it inside a mathpar environment: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{mathpartir} \newcommand{\snoc}{hi} \begin{document} \begin{mathpar} ...
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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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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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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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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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\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?