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Where can I find documentation about TikZ/TikZPicture?

When looking for different packages of creating timelines, I came across the following one: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[a4paper]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{snakes} ...
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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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Global key-value dictionary

Is there any package that implements a data structure that provides a key-value mapping (akin to Python's dict)? The keys will be user input and may contain spaces and non-ASCII characters. I would ...
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Publishing a package update on CTAN?

This is one of the questions I get on and off, so I thought I'd post about it. A couple of times, I've ended up with a situation where I need to modify code in a CTAN package proper - that is, I ...
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How to get only one symbol from a symbol package?

I need to use the \Writinghand symbol from the package marvosym.sty. But, for some reason, loading this package raises an error: (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/ifsym/ifsym.sty ...
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problems installing mathtools

There have been a few questions regarding installing this package in the past, but they now seem to be out of date. I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 and TexMaker. When I try \usepackage{mathtools} in TexMaker it ...
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How do I edit a package?

I downloaded a package from an article template. The thing is that I want to edit it, but don´t know how to do it.
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How does \usepackage work?

I have a style file which includes another .sty file with \usepackage. Everything works fine. Since this is a small file written by myself I decided to insert it verbatim at the same place were I use ...
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Creating document like this [closed]

I am trying to create a handout like the one in the following link. Image: But I can't get it. Can someone help me create such a document.
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Conflict between my modified .sty file and babel's ngerman?

There is some conflict or error I don't understand. I can skip it and nothing visible happens. The output is okay and everything seems to be fine. Still I would like to get rid of the error message. ...
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How can I install uarial.sty on a mac?

I'm using TexShop (2.43 on 10.6) to manage LaTeX, but have the following error: ! LaTeX Error: File 'uarial.sty' not found. I tried to use the approach in this question with \usepackage{listings} ...
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Resources for learning about contributed packages

The "LaTeX2e Reference Manual" contains a lot of useful information about various commands. Is there any larger resource or book containing similar shorts descriptions of commands, but that also ...
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lgrxenc.def not nound

Yesterday I've finally reinstalled my TeXLive to the version of 2014. While compiling, I have the following error: fontec.sty Package fontenc Error: Encoding file `lgrxenc.def' not found ...
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Why do I get an error “Too many }'s” when using package doublespace?

When I use pdfLaTeX to compile this document: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{doublespace} \usepackage{todonotes} \begin{document} \begin{figure} ...
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How can I automate “regression testing” for LaTeX documents, when updating packages?

I recently asked a related question about how often one should update LaTeX packages. Supposing that I update a bunch of packages in one go, or regularly update with only a few packages changing, how ...
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Best packages for writing a script for a comedy sketch [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good packages for laying out a play? I'm about to start writing some scripts for some comedy sketches and I would like some advice on how to do it best in ...
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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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Writing (mixed) tensors

Does anybody know about a specific package for handling tensors? Consider, for example, a contraction of the type ...
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Package to create a printable form

I need to create a printable form. Please suggest a LaTeX package that can do these types of questions: Text: 1. Your e-mail: __________________________ Paragraph: 2. Describe your ...
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Shortcuts and/or user-defined shortcuts for math symbols in LaTeX?

I am very new to being able to use LaTeX to type up mathematical papers, and I just got my "system" set up. Currently I have installed TexWorks, and MikTex, and I have put together a 'hello world' ...
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Why can't MikTex find all of my style files?

I was wondering if you could help me please. I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 and WinEdt on Windows 7 and I've tried to add the style files that I need to use for a particular project to the search path for ...
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Diagrams package that allows to draw computer buffers (memory diagrams)

I'm writing a document that explains internals of memory buffers and computers and I'm looking for a LaTeX package that would allow me to create diagrams similar to the following: Circular buffer: ...
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How does one define synonymous options in style/class files?

I want to be able to pass two options to a package (actually, a class) and have them be the same. What's the best way to do this? That is, I want: \documentclass[norsk]{myclass} and ...
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Using option for sty file

I would like to create and option (namely grid) to my sty file to produce a grid covering the whole page. I had success using \newif\if@sigur@grid \DeclareOption{grid}{\@sigur@gridtrue} and using ...
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(Nonfatal but Symptomatic) Conflict of amsmath and mathstyle Packages

This was brought to my attention by our colleague, Lover of Structure, but since it affects my scalerel package (which began using the mathstyle package to detect the current math style, as of version ...
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How can I change the package repository?

The package repository shows that the packages can be installed from internet. But I need it to be installed from random package repository. How can I change it Please help me
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Feynman Diagrams with jaxodraw-2.1-0

I want to use jaxodraw for drawing nice Feynman diagrams. I've already downloaded binaries from here http://jaxodraw.sourceforge.net/download/index.html and the program works fine. My problem is that ...
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Spanish babel and chemformula package

I need to write a chemical reaction. I use to make this with mhchem, but I discover chemformula. All it is right but no the arrows when I use the package babel in spanish. There are a problem with ...
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How to install the package “slashbox” using tlmgr?

I'd like to install the package slashbox to my MacTex/TeXlive installation (on Mac OSX) using tlmgr. The package seems to be still available on CTAN, but my attempts to install it, failed: sudo tlmgr ...
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LaTeX cannot find my personal packages

I'm venturing into writing my own packages, but LaTeX is not finding them. I working on a iMac OS X, but I don't want to use TEXMFHOME=~/Library/texmf. I would like to put my packages in a different ...
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How can I create a notes column in a document?

I need a document that has a notes column on the right hand side of each page starting after the contents page. This notes column should have the heading "Notes" , should be 50% of the size of the ...
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TikZ Library Not Found

I am new to TikZ and reading through the manual working out the first example which happens to use the intersections library. When I try \usetikzlibrary{intersections} LaTex spits out the following ...
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Incompatibility between memoir and pdfpages ?

I am including a single pdf page (the title of my thesis) with the package pdfpages : \begin{document} \includepdf{title.pdf} ... But since I switched from report to memoir the page is ...
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RequirePackage and usepackage behave differently

I design exams which should contain code samples using pdflatex. In lecture scripts I successfully use the listings package. The general design is done via the exam document class. I created my own ...
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Is there a package to pull out Answer Keys from Exercises to the last page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I produce exercises in one part of a LaTeX document with selected answers in another? I am writing a book containing exercises for the readers. To ease writing ...
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How do I keep cross-references across several documents accurate?

This is a follow-up to my question about quality system documentation management. That question evolved to a different question and Charles suggested to ask a new one, so I'll just quote it here. ...
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Is it possible to use packages changepage and hanging together?

I'm trying to change the margins around some paragraphs with hanging indents, but LaTeX throws an error and doesn't really explain what's wrong. I'm a LaTeX newbie, so please forgive me if I'm making ...
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Character table on style files

What is the reason to insert the code below at the beginning of a style file? For example, the code below can be found on lipsum.sty. %% \CharacterTable %% {Upper-case ...
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Why does loading pgfplots after tikz break the default layers in a tikzpicture?

Taking the MWE from Jake's answer to the question Background rectangles with equal width but 'fitting' height, I get an error when loading pgfplots after the tikz packages but not before. I'm assuming ...
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Shipout line like Shipout page

In lineno package guide, I found: Attaching line numbers after TeX has broken the paragraph into lines is already quite a difficult job for TeX. Why? Because TeX does not normally give you any ...
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How do I diagnose problems with a fresh install/update of a TeX distribution?

Here's the (hypothetical) scenario: I've updated my TeX distribution in some fashion. Now all of a sudden, a package that used to work just fine is no longer working. Of course, the list of what ...
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Loading a font via package or fontspec

In Xe(La)TeX, what is the difference between loading a font via its package, i. e. \usepackage{tgpagella}, and loading it through fontspec (\fontspec{TeX Gyre Pagella}). When loaded with the package, ...
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Where does BasicTeX put the texmf directory on OSX?

I have just installed BasicTeX on OSX 10.5 and I'm trying to locate the texmf directory to copy the llncs (LaTeX .cls and .sty files) folder into. According to the install log the location should be ...
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Bug in polylongdiv?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{polynom} \begin{document} \polylongdiv{x^4-1}{x^3+x^2} \end{document} It leaves out the first x in the quotient. How can I fix this?
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how to use MnSymbol along with other packages

I'm writing a file about algebraic topology, which means that I need all sorts of mathematical symbols, along with many various packages. I tried to use MnSymbol for its various arrows, only to find ...
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Installing/downloading packages

I am an absolute beginner to LaTeX. And I'm following the Wikibooks tutorial. I am at the part where it talks about packages. It doesn't really explain where to download and install them. So where do ...
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How do I set the documentation PDF for my package?

I wanted to check the syntax of something in one of my packages, and rather than hunt for the file on my system I just did texdoc hobby on the command line. To my dismay, this brought up the PDF ...
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What's the right order when loading packages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Non-commutative packages I remember reading in some reference guide that the order of loading packages with \usepackage in principle doesn't matter. Real life, however, ...
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Math mode commands with more semantics?

I accustomed myself to define my own little macros for any mathematical expression I use frequently. For example, I have a macro for the expected value of a random variable: ...
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Comparison of plotting packages

I was wondering what some differences and relation between common plotting packages/environment: picture environment PGF/TikZ PSTricks and some others that are also common but I don't know yet ...