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Classes and packages – what's the difference?

Could someone explain the difference between classes and packages? We call prosper a class and amsmath a package. I couldn't find out the difference.
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Option clash with xcolor and TikZ

I want to draw some coloured circles, so I loaded tikz in my preamble. However, now xcolor is telling me that it has an "option clash". How should I fix this? \documentclass{article} ...
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Including an itemized list within a tabular column using the paralist package

The paralist package offers the option of typesetting an itemized list with a \topsep length of zero, and this is especially useful in a tabular setting. However, the following minimal example does ...
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Verbatim Environment in Figure Caption

verbatim environment is not working in figure caption. Checked How to put \verb command inside of \textbf{} block? and Verbatim inside a command is not working. \documentclass[11pt, double ...
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Techniques and packages to keep up with good practices

Question What techniques and packages are there to keep up with good practices? What I already know I already know of the following packages for this kind of purpose: ...
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How to add some visual style and pizzazz to course notes?

LaTeX is wonderful for writing mathematical papers, but while the output is perfectly typeset it is not visually very exciting. And although it may just be "familiarity breeds contempt", I am ...
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Most useful additions in KOMA-Script?

(Background: I'm a beginner who will mostly use LaTeX for university articles and reports, but no math. Also, as I reside in Canada, the German typography conventions, which I understand KOMA-Script ...
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What does each AMS package do?

In my view, any document with a substantial amount of mathematics should load the packages from AMS-TeX. Hence, most of my document's preambles contain \usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb, amsfonts} ...
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Smileys in LaTeX

I would like to include smileys in my LaTeX document. Is there any package with lots of different smileys? In mnsymbol and wasysym, I found some general symbols: \documentclass{article} ...
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Packages: graphics vs graphicx

Different websites suggest using one of those two packages. \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{graphics} What are differences between them? Which is better?
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What are good packages for laying out a play?

I'm formatting a play as a LaTeX book. Is there any particular package the is best for laying out books like this (aside from the LaTeX-book class)? I'm wondering if there are any examples of ...
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Conditional “if a package is available”

I'd like to do something like the following (in pseudo-TeX) \ifpackageavailable{packagefoo} \usefoo \else \usefooreplacement \fi For example, I know that a template file I wrote is used by people ...
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Defining a new command for making functional lines / package

As you have probably guessed from the title my mother tounge is not English. Therefore I have no idea if "Functional lines" is the correct term for what I am looking for. Basically I am looking to ...
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Modifying .sty files?

Yesterday I did some changes in the layout of my TeX document. I couldn't accomplish the changes until I opened the .sty files and modified some of their code. I am sure this is not the best idea. For ...
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beamer over miktex 2.9 is not working with math environment

I have this problem where I can't built slide documents with beamer every time I include a math environment as simple as $\mu = A$. The log file posts this message at the end: !pdfTeX error: ...
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What does “You have requested package `foo', but the package provides `foo'.” mean?

I know what this message means in general ("do not add path names in package names"), and my question is not a duplicate of You have requested package `include/foo' but the package provides ...
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Packages to install once for all

I just upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 14.04. Then, I have manually installed tex-common, texlive-base and texlive-latex-recommended. And I realize that some packages do not exist anymore. For ...
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Define path for packages in the LaTeX file (analog of \input@path or \graphicspath for \usepackage)

How to specify path for additional packages in the LaTeX file itself? For graphics, you use \graphicspath{{a}{b}}, and then \includegraphics{file} finds b/file.pdf. EDIT: it should be ...
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Are there other “fun” packages like the “coffee stains” package?

I'm trying to convert some friends to LaTeX and have come up against a (to me) unexpected objection: there are too few packages that support "fun" (really), to which I responded: I know there are ...
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Nicely force 66 characters per line

I would like to have "something" (a package, a trick, a macro, ...?) that makes it possible for me to nicely play with the margins (or the layout) in order to set the average or typical number of ...
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What is the best package out there to typeset proof trees?

So, I want to typeset some proof trees, i.e. trees of inference rules like those in natural deduction (see diagram below). Which are the best packages that you have found that allow you to do this, ...
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What's the difference between \RequirePackage and \usepackage?

I understand that "the convention is to use \RequirePackage in a package or class and \usepackage in a document", but apart from that, is there any practical difference between the two commands? (I ...
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Using KOMA-Script packages with other classes

When speaking of KOMA-Script most people will refer to its classes scrbook, scrreprt, scrartcl and perhaps scrlttr2. But not everyone will know, that part of the bundle are also some packages, that ...
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How to install a package from an older version of TeXLive?

I am using TeXLive 2010. I wanted to try xelatex for better unicode support. But I am unable to install these new packages as the TeXLive mirrors have moved on to 2011. tlmgr: package repository ...
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In which order should I load inputenc and fontenc?

When I’m using pdfLaTeX, my preamble usually contains \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} and \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} Should these two be loaded in any particular order? What problems could arise if ...
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Loading a package conditionally

Is it possible to load some package from a .sty file only if some option is selected? (Naive approach \DeclareOption{something}{\RequirePackage{something}} doesn't work.)
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How to install LaTeX .zip package (from CTAN) using texhash on a 'nix system?

Is there an automated script which places files in the relevant directory tree in ~/texmf/ and is that all that is required to install a package (in addition to calling texhash on ~/texmf/)?
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Where is “texmf” on a Windows install?

On UNIX you have the texmf folder in your home directory where you store packages you've installed yourself, but where is that folder on a Windows install? Yeah, I know that if you use MiKTeX then ...
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Two conflicting packages in one document — doable?

I have two packages I want to use in the same document. Specifically musixtex and tengwarscript. However they do conflict. Both packages use some of the same commands, obviously for very different ...
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MikTeX 2.9, install packages on the fly?

I set the Install Packages on the Fly setting to Yes and try to compile my document in Texmaker, but I still get the error File [...] not found, where [...] is the package I need. Basically, I need to ...
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Decimal Long Division

Does anyone know of a package or macro that handles decimal long division? For example, I want to convert 3/8 to a decimal and show all of the steps. I found a macro for longdiv that works great for ...
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Is there a way to create a standalone folder/document with non standard packages?

I am working on an article which will be compiled on another machines (of somebody else). I don't want to depend on the other person to install missing packages. Is there a way to include them with ...
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Linux Libertine package and fonts not working anymore (fall 2012)

So in the last couple of weeks I've had some issues with the Linux Libertine font and package, both don't seem to work anymore on a completely up-to-date version of MacTeX (which is equivalent to TeX ...
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How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu

I just installed texlive-latex-base package from official Ubuntu repo, now I have to add some modules (ucs and utf8x) for compiling .pdf files with Cyrillic encoding, so, how to install it? I found ...
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Package repository down, how to relocate?

I would like to use the function of TeXnicCenter 1.0, where is automatically downloads missing packages used. The problem is, that the repository it wants to download from does not exist anymore (the ...
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How to get a list of the filenames of the figures embedded in a document

I have a TeX document that is embedding a huge amount of figures from a fig folder that is full of another humongous amount of other figures. I would like to move the document along with its figures, ...
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How to fix “LaTeX Error: File `somepackage.sty' not found”?

I am using TeXworks 0.4.5 r1280 with MikTeX 2.9 on Windows 7 64-bit. When I add \usepackage{datetime} and try to typeset the document, I get a dialog window like this: I select "Install", ...
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What are benefits of e-TeX for LaTeX users?

The etex package provides an interface to e-TeX features. What advantages does it offer to LaTeX users? Are there any possible disadvantages like incompatibility to any other package or can I just ...
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Draw Bohr atomic model with electron shells in TeX?

This question led to a new package: bohr I'm making slides with beamer for my chemistry students. I would like to draw a figure in LaTeX to illustrate the electron shells in the Bohr model but ...
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Sorting preamble packages thematically while accounting for compulsory load orders

Within a document's preamble (or a custom "preamble" package), at times there's the need to take compulsory load orders for certain packages into account. Most packages must be loaded before the ...
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Is there a good LaTeX package for generating barcodes?

I'm looking for a good LaTeX package to generate one dimensional barcodes, that has the following properties. It doesn't require any external scripts or internet connection to work. It easily ...
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mix marginnotes with marginpars without overlap

We are trying to put the figure caption as well as the footnotes in the margin and got very good results with the tufte-latex package. However, we have to manually adjust the offset of each sidenote ...
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box around theorem statement

Is there an easy way to put a box around a theorem in LaTeX? For example to state an important theorem. I tried using page 20 of the ntheorem documentation ...
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Is there a package to secure rendered pdf with a password?

Is there a package and command that can secure rendered pdf with a password?
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Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets?

Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets (aka bubble sheet)? EDIT 1: No choice. I think I must use PSTricks and \multido to make it.
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Loading Packages Together versus Separately

There are a few questions regarding the speed of loading packages together, but this question isn't necessarily about that. I'm more interested in any tangible, persistent differences, such as ...
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How to change fonts

I'm sure this is a newbie question, but I can't figure this out. I have tried to follow the advice here: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Fonts and here: ...
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Defining multiple shorthands quickly

Most of the bloated preambles I see have dozens of lines like \newcommand{\Acal}{\mathcal{A}} \newcommand{\Bcal}{\mathcal{B}} %... \newcommand{\Gcal}{\mathcal{G}} While I can easily code a macro to ...
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How can I ignore everything except a specified environment?

In other words, I'd like to have the comment environment of the verbatim package "inverted". I am pretty sure I read about some package allowing this some time ago, but I can't recall its name (nor ...
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Is there a way to use a document class/package from another folder?

I am building a document class and a set of packages to be used as templates for various documents. I'd like to aviod having to copy those over to another folder every time I use them, but I'd also ...