{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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Copy to clipboard feature in PDF output

I want a clickable copy to clipboard feature in my PDF document. Ideally the macro also allows for graphical elements to be embedded inside them (say, a button that will automatically copy paste ...
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$\widehat$ prints a reverse paranthesis whenever argument length >5

I am using Babel Greek and the following code for my doc: \documentclass[titlepage]{book} \usepackage[vcentering,dvips,hmarginratio=1:1]{geometry} \geometry{ papersize={210mm,280mm}, ...
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Strings and memory usage

The TeX engine was originally written in Pascal before dynamic memory allocation was generally available. Modern implementations tend to be done in C. To qualify as TeX an implementation has to pass a ...
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standalone package and user-defined macros/lengths

This is my first post on this amazing website, so hi to everybody!! I'd like to know if there is a way to pass some parametrs (macros or lengths) to a standalone file. Here is my MWE: Consider the ...
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Can I force a pre-process action on all commands or environments without having to redefine them all manually?

I am trying to preserve a history of the latex commands and environment initializations I use in a typeset html or pdf file. Is there a way where I can force a pre-process action on all commands ...
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mouse over (highlight) acronyms using acronym package. is that possible?

Is it possible to highlight acronyms (mouse over shows the acronym definition) by using the acronym package \ac ....? In this post, there is a macro that was working somehow but by using the acro ...
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Automatic dropcaps for the first letter of a chapter

I'm in the process of writing a LaTeX style for thesis dissertations, and would like to automatically transform the first word of a chapter to dropcaps. This is trivial to do manually using the ...
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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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A mysterious blank line come from an \hskip?

I use a very complicated .sty file. The main purpose of this .sty is to enable a special inline box in which texts can be typeset in a very special way. There is no problem inside the box. The .sty ...
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Passing an array type argument for new command

I've looked around and can't seem to find anywhere, but I was wondering if there is somewhere you can do something like the following: \newcommand{\loopy}[1]{ \begin{tikzpicture} \foreach ...
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looking for selective latex command replacement methods

I have a perl script for generating wordpress (or physicsforums or wikipedia) style latex markup from standalone latex files, but it has grown into a bit of a monstrosity and has also recently met ...
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Duplicate Line command in TeXShop for Mac

I'm a quite new user of LaTeX and one thing I miss in TeXShop on mac is a "Duplicate Line"-command, espacially when writing mathematical derivations. It's my impression that it is possible to create a ...
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Using the correct amount of space around unit symbols

This is from an old package I developed back in 2003. The idea was to cover international system units (SI) and other type of units, roughly following guidelines from that document. Units should ...
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A problem with using the \ganttbar macros inside another one

I'm trying to write a macros for converting day time to a format, which the pgfgrantt package can understand. Here it is: \newcommand{\htime}[2][0]{ \StrBefore{#2}{:}[\hours] ...
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How can I costumize the ToC for 2 different types of chapters?

I already have ((re)new)defined a 2nd type of the \chapter macro for I have two different types of chapters. But they have one counter, which appears for every chapter in ToC. Here's a MWE: ...
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Ignore special characters in \newcommand argument to generate section labels?

I am editing a rather large document and have replaced \section, \subsection etc with \newcommand macros that include \section etc but also spacing and other commands. I am trying to get it to ...
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A \newcommand type option that runs all subarguments and saves static text

I am trying to write code that uses sage in it, and have a bit of a problem with randomizing stuff around the code. The sagetex part isn't too important (I don't think), what is important is that if I ...
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Spoilers in Web-Accessible Pdf Documents?

A highly regarded professor of mine is currently writing a graduate mathematics textbook in which he has given the book a theme of ``do it yourself'' mathematics. He has asked me to review the book ...
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How can I migrate commands and environments from LaTeX2e to LaTeX3? [XeTeX]

Sometimes forcing consistency makes things much easier to maintain. The motto "keep it simple" comes to mind. xparse offers the most bang for your buck when it comes to defining commands with various ...
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Unwanted vertical space at top of page before subsection heading

I have been using LaTeX for a while now, but I am very new to defining my own commands in the preamble. I am working on my thesis, and I'm using a custom .cls file which has been passed down by other ...
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Defining and expanding macros In loops

I want to define and expand macros in a \foreach loop. The names of the macros depend on the iteration step. The macros I define are interpreted as strings rather than sets of numbers that I actually ...
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Adding default \skew to math accents

Out of corporate design reasons I should use Helvetica for my documents. I could simply ignore this, as most people do ;-) But out of fun I just combined ideas taken from sfmath and beamer to make ...
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Autocomplete in TeXstudio for macro with optional argument

I have a macro, such as \newcommand*{\example}[2][]{#1.#2} defined. TeXstudio adds this to its autocomplete list, which is great, but when I actually autocomplete it shows up as ...
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How to create command to make custom Indicator Function

So, I've found this package for common probability items in LaTeX and the very last entry is a "customizable" indicator function in which one simply inputs the variable (e.g. x) and it returns ...
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Display shortcuts other than urls with href

Big picture, I am trying to develop an approach that will allow me to store the latex commands and labels (pre-expansion) that I use to typeset dynamic text (bib entries with cite, cross referencing ...
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\ifbeamer@anotherslide and \ifbeamer@localanotherslide in beamerbasedecode.sty

At the beginning of the source file beamerbasedecode.sty of beamer class, two switches are defined: \newif\ifbeamer@anotherslide \newif\ifbeamer@localanotherslide By reading beamerbasedecode.sty ...
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soul for text highlighting, microtype for letterspacing, and xspace: incompatibility

I am trying to use soul for highlighting text and microtype for letter spacing (and other things). But I cannot get the two to work together nicely when I include xspace (I use this mainly for ...
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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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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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Different colours for each argument and value in listings

This recent question (Print blue brackets in one language and black in another) made me come up with (up to) two more questions regarding the listings package: Is there an option similar to opstyle ...
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fancyvrb inline verbatim with \newcommand and \CustomVerbatimCommand

I've just registered. This is my first question to this site. I am trying to make a verbatim command for inline code. This has been asked and answered many times before, but I never found a direct ...
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\ref to \label in other document?

I have a repository with one document, but I think of splitting it into two documents, whereas I want to cross-reference from one to eachother. Is there a way, to "rewrite" \ref to automatically ...
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Create all queries in separate file like \listoffigure

I would like to print all the queries collect from the article and need to print in article opener page. How do achieve this? My MWE: \documentclass{threecolumn} \begin{document} \jnltype{37} ...
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Problem with microtype's `\textls` and math mode

I have some issues with classicthesis' \spacedlowsmallcaps command that I could bring down to the following MWE: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{microtype} ...
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xparse verbatim argument removing multiple space

I am trying to define a command, using xparse that take as input some verbatim code and cite it using listing. However, the eventual multiple white spaces or tabulations at the beginning of a lines ...
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Escaped characters in labels

I am writing some API documentation, and since I don't like to repeat myself I would like to make some commands and call those for parts that get repeated a lot. However, I am having trouble with ...
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ordinals for a new language

In this post nested \ifnum commands ordinal number naming for Georgian for biblatex. This works fine.I have defined alphabetic numbering for \renewcommand{\thesomecounter}{\anbani{somecounter}} for ...
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\lstlisting in \multicolumn in a macro

I want to create a macro for putting a multiline JSON code in a multicolumn row in a tabular environment... \newcommand{\apiMethodRequest}[1]{ \multicolumn{5}{l}{\cellcolor{DsnGreen}{Request}} \\ ...
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Protecting \@ifnextchar inside pgfplots

I'm having trouble figuring out what I need to do in order for my definition of \sin to be accepted by pgfplots. I've looked up stuff about using \protected but it's vague to me how I'm supposed to ...
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How to create command that associates pieces of content to keep them on same page?

I've pieced together a class for my preferred format of Cornell notes, and it allows for floating a summary to the bottom of a page. But, it requires manually choosing the page that will host the ...
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HZ typesetting system in plain TeX

How can I use the hz typesetting engine with plain TeX and pdfTeX? I read about it in TUG Vol 36 no.2, Peter Karow article, link: TUG Vol 36 no.2, Peter Karow.
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TexStudio won't respond to ctrl shift -

[Ubuntu 14.04 TeXstudio] I'm trying to bind a macro to the ctrl shift - key combination, and even though Tex Studio accepts (and correctly displays) my combination in the Options->Configure ...
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Fraction macro in lyx

I want to create a macro for word-like fraction sign in lyx. Namely, when I write 1/2 I want it to be \frac{1}{2} Any Ideas?
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Expanding to something missing an argument

I have a very weird behaviour where replacing something by its extension removes an error. Here's the problem: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \usepackage{mathpartir}% ...
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Typeset code within a simple macro?

I want to use a macro to typeset programming code with the usual characteristics (particularly lines should be obeyed - this is the most important issue; highlighting and such stuff is - for now - not ...
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Writing modular classes

As an OOP programmer, I am very attracted to the idea of making separate files for independent features within a class definition, where each feature I feel is too long to be included inline in the ...
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Passing background color to \lstinputlisting

In question Passing parameter in presence of an xkeyval value I received two ideas for dealing with passing an option to a macro. Namely, \expandafter\lstset\expandafter{\ME@options} and ...
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How to split a string to figure float with figure name, label and caption?

I am struggling with a shorthand macro that converts a string to a figure. At the end is a working, but unstable version what I am trying to do. The goal is to parse make a command (or macro) like ...
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Failure After Using Latexdiff Script: latexdiff marking up lstlisting environment

After running a script to use latexdiff on a multiple input latex file I am left with a diff.tex file that is generating the following error: ./diff.tex:7009: LaTeX Error: \begin{description} on ...
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Macro passing problem with pgfmath

As a continuation of thread 2010/2014 versions difference: I am trying to decorate program listings with highlighted lines, numbered balls, etc. In 2010, I used a macro which does not work any more ...