{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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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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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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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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Seeking the detailed explanation of the two command \l@part and \l@chapter [duplicate]

I am baffled by some commands listed below when learning the model file. And I searched on the net, no substantial results were obtained. Wishing someone could explain the following two command in a ...
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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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LaTeX: Beamer with \newcommand

I have tons of slides starting with \bslide I tried to rephrase my source for class Beamer by defining \newcommand{\bslide}{\begin{frame}{xxx}} Unfortunately LaTeX says ...
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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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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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Associate counters — stepping (many) counters simultaneously

This is (perhaps) not a real question and there maybe already an answer to my proposition/request. The situation There are packages that provide the number of the last page (i.e. lastpage or the ...
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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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text inside tikz node which can skip to an other

I would like to put text in a mini page with fixed length inside a tikz node using \sbox , if the text skip a specified length (10cm) it will be saved in an other \sbox and used inside a tikz node ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bold and Italic texts styles are too big

I have a problem with my \textbf and \textit commands, it makes my texts bigger than when no styles are applied. An example is shown here: I also put an URL inside the bold command ...
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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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Undefined Control Sequence on using defined \newcommand [closed]

At the beginning of my document I have defined a few commands: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{amssymb,a4wide,graphicx,float,amsmath,epstopdf} \graphicspath{ {/build/} } ...
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Xparse macro not working when \obeylines is in effect

This is the most strange and hard-to-debug situation I have encountered in latex. When \obeylines is in effect, it seems that macros with optional argument defined by xparse will have some trouble. ...
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Graphics: Moving Images and aligning with text

So currently I have this code written out: \begin{figure}[ht!] \includegraphics[width=60mm, scale=0.3]{titanium-distillation-vessel.jpg} \caption{Argon Vessel, containing TiCl$_{4}$ and Mg} ...
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How to define a new command based on \section with its optional argument?

I've defined a new command called \mysec like the below: ‎‎‎‎‎‎ \documentclass{article} \newcommand{\mysec}[1]{\section{#1}} \begin{document} \mysec[Foo foo]{Bla bla bla} \end{document} But in the ...
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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 ...
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How to re-define \space using \space in its definition

I am trying to implement a counter that counts the white spaces in order to give a rough estimate of the number of words contained in a paragraph. In order to do so, I set a new counter ...
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Determine last day of given month

I want to determine how many days there are in a particular month. Using the datenumber package, I thought I could simply set the date to the 1st of the next month and then back up one day would be ...
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Macro to close all open environments, groups and argument delimiters

Initial Request I am in search for a macro that would close all curly brackets and all open environments. Ideally, I could write something of the following sort: ...
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Avoid brackets with a command having an optional argument as subscript

I have the following code: \documentclass{article} \newcommand{\quot}[3][c]{\frac{#2}{#3#1}} \begin{document} \LARGE $A_\frac{a}{bc}$ $A_{\quot{a}{b}}$ $A_{\quot[d]{a}{b}}$ \end{document} If I ...
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Delimited arguments and using a macro inside of itself

I wanted to play with delimiter sizing without using the \delimiterfactor, -shortfall, etc. and made the following: \newdimen\bigdim \bigdim = 1.9743ex \newdimen\Bigdim \Bigdim = 2.671ex ...
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Drawback of using a using a new command instead of \begin{something}?

Is there a drawback of defining and using a \newcommand instead of \begin{something}. e.g. if I use \newcommand{btkz}{\begin{tikzpicture}} \newcommand{etkz}{\end{tikzpicture}} \btkz \node{Hello ...
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How can I run pdflatex on multiple .tex files on Windows 7?

I built some graphics with TikZ and pgfplots. I have put the code with the most minimal necessary preamble into a standalone document for each figure. Say I put all those files for chapter 3 (hence ...
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AucTeX insert-environment C-c C-e (no label prompt)?

Does anybody know how to configure Emacs or Auctex such that when you insert an environment for example with C-c C-e equation RET? Avoid having to type RET for (Optional) What label? question? Or ...
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returning maths values in a new command

So I'm trying to construct a command which calls another command to make typing easier, but for some reason I'm not able to get the commands to return things properly. Here is what I have ...
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Extract the numerical and non-numerical portion from text

I would like to extract the leading number and subsequent text from a string. I have an idea of using the xstring package to gobble characters from the right until I end up with a number or an empty ...
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Add index item by makro

I am struggling with creating a macro that would enable me to create index items by macro. From a former post (LaTeX: is it possible to create a macro to add words to index (using TexMaker)?) I have ...
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arithmetic expression involving command

Simple question. I would like to do this: \newcommand{\scatterplotwidth}{0.5\linewidth} .... \includegraphics[width=0.9\scatterplotwidth]{myfig} Without the 0.9 it works. Is there a way to have ...
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Can I define a command with optional argument coming after the mandatory ones?

Is it possible to define new commands having the following form: \command{<marg>}[<oarg>] I have seen commands of this form in the fontspec package. But not sure how to achieve this.
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Different result using \newcommand and \NewDocumentCommand

I am writing a text which references a whole bunch of Brazilian norms. All of these norms are prefixed with "NBR". I therefore created the following command \newcommand*{\NBR}[1]{NBR #1\cite{NBR#1}} ...
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Nested definitions [duplicate]

I have the impression that if one defines a macro inside the definition of another one, then #1 and so on indicate the outer macro's arguments, while ##1 indicates those of the inner one. Is that ...
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mtpro2: PARENS environment error

\documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{book} \usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc} \usepackage{ucs} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage[lite]{mtpro2} ...
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Lisp relics in LaTeXe logo

I always thought TeX's macros are very Lispy like and stumbling across the definition of the LaTeXe logo confirmed it. The macro is defined as follows: %\LaTeXe The LATEX2" logo as proposed by A-W ...
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What does \@car do?

The title says it all. I'd like to know what \@car does. I came across it reading through the source of the hyperref package, but it doesn't seem it's defined as part of the package. I tried Google, ...
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Macros that know their macronames themselves?

Some programming or scripting languages know the feature of #0 or $0, holding the name of the current script or the current routine. Does a similar technique (or a workaround) exist for the macro ...
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How do I output “dumb” apostrophes with the sffms package?

I'm using the sffms package to typeset a book manuscript (using the version of the package shipped with TexLive 2013 on a Mac). I want to output both double and single quotes so they are "dumb" or ...