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Windows 7: problem with TeXnicCenter, MiKTeX2.9

Please help! They have updated my computer to Windows 7, and I have tried to reinstall MiKTeX2.9 and TeXnicCenter. When I run a LaTeX program, it tries to install 412 files from CTAN, and I get the ...
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how can I create a chapter heading like this?

Hi I want to format my chapter of my thesis as shown in the figure. How can I do it? Can you suggest me some fancy latex templates for a phd thesis?
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Abandon LaTeX2e for LaTeX3 or LuaTeX

I think my question is: Should I abandon pdflatex, possibly for xetex or context, and a TeX/LaTeX based macro writing approach, possibly for a LuaTeX or LaTeX3 based approach? Possibly relevant to ...
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Pop-up references in PDF output

I once saw a maths journal which offered PDFs of published papers, where the bibliographic references were formatted as PDF annotations: if you moused over a reference in the text, the bibliography ...
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Latex error. Unknown graphics extension: eps [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I encountered an 'errorUnknown graphics extension: .eps.' I have the error like in the title. I found some pages on the web with a solution to this problem. They ...
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Should I load microtype with pdflatex?

Should I always load the microtype package with pdflatex? Could it produce unwanted effects a naive user (like me) might ignore? Are there any known issues as for compatibility with other packages? ...
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Generating PDF/A-1b compliant documents using pdfx and pdfLaTeX

There are several discussions on the web on how to generate PDF/A-1b compliant documents. One approach can be found on ...
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What's the maximum number of pages a PDF produced by pdfTeX can have?

Are there some limitations regarding the pdflatex command with respect to the count of pages of the input files? My highest page count, when compiling, was 90 without any troubles. (2008) Currently ...
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Why does pdflatex produce bigger output files than latex+dvipdfm?

Consider this sample code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \lipsum[1-4] \end{document} When I compile this with latex and then use dvipdfm, the output file is 7893 ...
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How to create identical PDF files?

If I run pdflatex on the same .tex file, the resulting PDF files are not bitwise identical. How can I achieve that? Minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[pdftex]{hyperref} ...
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Why characters UTF-8 encoded are ISO-8859-1 encoded when written in an external file

For an UTF-8 encoded file as follows: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % \newwrite\outtmp \immediate\openout\outtmp=out.tmp % \begin{document} ...
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pdf files show “fi”, but searching for or copying them does not work

When I pdflatex text containing "fi", e.g. "infinite", the resulting pdf-file looks correct, e.g. "infinite" is shown in the text. But when I search the pdf file for "infinite", 0 occurrences are ...
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Customizing pdfLaTeX for a particular file with AUCTeX?

I'm trying to use the TikZ 'external' library, available as of PGF 2.10. This requires running pdfLaTeX with the option -shell-escape. I usually run pdfLaTeX from AUCTeX with the option ...
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Save fillable forms

I am using the eforms package in order to build pdf fillable forms. However there is something I haven't found yet, which Adobe product do I need to purchase in order to save the edited forms? Does ...
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Invert Background and Text Colours across Whole Document with pdflatex

When using pdflatex is there a simple way to invert the colors to give white text on a black background across the whole document? I'd like the colours to be inverted whilst I write and edit the ...
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Hide image in PDF, reveal with mouseover

Is there a way to load a hidden image into a pdf output document that will show up when the user moves the cursor over a relevant piece of text? E.g., a pdf file generated by tex contains this ...
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Colorize external pictures using pdflatex

I have several greyscale-pictures that I would like to get colorized within pdflatex (so it will be automatically colorized to a given color, from black-to-white lets say black-to-red). Is there a ...
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How to divide document for black and color printing?

Most of my document is black text, but there is a color figure here and there. I would like to print the text on a black and white printer, and the figures on a color printer. I know i could just ...
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Customizing the height of the pages

The question I would like to control the height of the pages of the PDF documents I produce with LaTeX. Starting with a LaTeX document and two parameters: a given page size (heightPage and ...
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Proper use of cmap and mmap

I am curious about the differences between \usepackage{cmap} \usepackage[resetfonts]{cmap} \usepackage{mmap} (= \usepackage[useTeX]{mmap}) \usepackage[noTeX]{mmap} What are their precise ...
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How to force pdfminorversion globally?

I have a problem with opening PDF files in Acrobat Reader. It comes up with error 131. I have solved this issue thanks to How to overcome Acrobat Reader error 131 with a pdfLaTeX doc? The solution to ...
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How to make fractions in powers look good

Quick question. When I type $e^{\frac{1}{2x}}$ it makes the fraction very small and hard to read. However when I type $e^{\displaystyle\frac{1}{2x}}$ it makes the fraction way to big. I guess in ...
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Accessibility issues

Currently, I'm generating the following pdf with pdflatex: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2682197/book.pdf Unfortunately, this document is a bit incompatible with adobe screen reader (for blind people). ...
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How to include a PDF image into a PDFLaTeX document

I am generating a PDF file using pdflatex and need to include another PDF file. The reason is that I have a graphMl file which I exported from yEd graph editor to a PDF file, named sample.pdf. The TeX ...
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Changing colors of included cmyk jpg

I am trying to convert a pdf containing grayscale pictures and black text into shades of a single color in cmyk color space (for printing). I was thus very happy to learn, from a side remark in one ...
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Where to download pdflatex.exe?

I ran a Google search but nothing too clear showed up. I'm looking for a Windows 7 compatible version of pdflatex.exe to help me in typesetting some math I have in an Illustrator project. I heard ...
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Switching color and grayscale mode for \includegraphics

Suppose I have a document that includes a lot of colorful PDFs. Now I'd like to easily switch between "color" version and "greyscale version". I'm aware of \DeclareGraphicsRule, but I think this needs ...
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Trouble using ffmpeg to encode a h264 video in a .mp4 container to use with media9

I can't get an ffmpeg encoded libx264 video in a .mp4 container to work with media9 and beamer. The pdf is created using pdfLaTeX. It seems to be some kind of ffmpeg issue since the following work ...
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Trouble using \oldstylenums with decimal points and hyphens

I am using Computer Modern font (default) with \oldstylenums command to typeset numbers in oldstyle format. However I am having trouble using it with non-numeric characters such as decimal points and ...
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How to include a second file only if environment variable is set?

I have a LaTeX document which exists in two versions, a short version and the long version. The long version has an additional chapter inserted in the middle of the document. What I want to do, is if ...
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How can I get the actual relative path using \import and \subimport?

I have structured my PDFLaTeX document in folders. Inside them there are .tex files, .PDF figure files. And all works using \import and \subimport commands from the Import package: Main/ |-- ...
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Unknown TikZ/pgfplots error with external [closed]

I am trying to compile a large document (PhD thesis) and I have no problems compiling without using external, but as soon as I enable that feature, it has problems. So far I haven't found the answer ...
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pgfplots with gnuplot

I got a problem with latex implementing a gnuplot code. I use PdfLatex with argument "--enable-write18". The following code should works with the first commented-out line %plot 'data.dat' u 1:2;, but ...
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Why does pasting the contents of a tikz file into my main file compile properly but not when using \input

If I place the contents of my tikz picture in my main.tex file it works like a charm using \usepgfplotslibrary{external} \tikzexternalize and subsequently: pdflatex --enable-shell ...
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Creating Interactive graphs like Stack exchange reputation tab

I like to prepare an interactive timeline graph (static on load, but dynamic on MouseHover event). Somehow is similar to the Stack-exchange reputation tab for an user. One classic example is here. ...
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Typesetting option that includes makeindex (TeX Live, TeXworks)

I used to work with the MiKTeX distribution and the included TeXworks program. The latter provided me with a typesetting-configuration that was something like pdfLaTeX + BibTeX + MakeIndex. (It ...
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pdftex and javascript forms with automatic calculations

I would like to create a PDF document in TeX with a form. Some of the fields in the form will be calculated based on the values of other fields. Here is a MWE, thanks to Victor Ivrii on the pdftex ...
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Remove hyphen from word spanning two lines in text copied from a pdf file

If I copy text from a PDF and a word is hyphenated and spans two lines, the copied text contains the "-". For example: Examp- le should be copied as Example not Examp-le The problem is ...
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How to produce character-by-character-pastable visual output that is a function of the (intended-to-paste-as-such) source code input?

Note: The original phrasing of my question was this: How to use accsupp to produce all-upercase in the visual output from input that should paste in its original, ordinary-case form? However I think a ...
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Preprocessor for LaTeX?

I'm curious to find out whether anybody has suggestions for a preprocessor for LaTeX documents. What I'm thinking of is something like cpp. The motivation for my question is that I'm writing a large ...
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Generating a separate pdf file of tables and figures from a latex file?

Is it possible to generate a pdf of figures and tables of a paper from latex itself? I saw Journals and Conferences asking for a separate file of tables and figures. In this question, questioner ...
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\foreach with \newcommand how to use them together?

What I want to do is to shorten this \newcommand with a \foreach since this is just a very little part of what I will use. \newcommand{\CC}{{\mathbb C}} % the set of complex numbers ...
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Patched version of pdftex does not see what kpsewhich sees

I have TeX Live version 2013.30973-7 running on ArchLinux. I want to use a patched version of pdftex to create valid PDF/A-1b documents. I have an issue using the patched version after compilation. ...
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How do you suppress specific warnings generated by pdflatex?

A lot of the times I get warnings like "hbox overfull" when a specific part of my document is meant to be extra wide on purpose --> so I am purposefully violating the default width threshold. Or to ...
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Where I can find the source code of pdflatex.exe?

Where I can find the source code of pdflatex.exe? Edit 1 This is quoted from the link given by @TH. pdfTeX is built on top of TeX, written by Donald Knuth cum suis (Liang and so), and eTeX, ...
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Switching to lualatex: How to translate font setups?

I am a long-term pdflatex user. Once in a while I want to give lualatex a try (e.g., to try the recent TikZ graph layout engine). A couple of good answers here at tex.se describe what to do in that ...
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epstopdf warning: “Shell escape feature is not enabled.”

I'm having a bit of trouble trying to include .eps files in a LaTeX document compiled with pdfLaTeX. I've been told that I should use the epstopdf package to convert .eps files to .pdf on the fly. ...
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psfrag substitute when using pdflatex

My standard way of including math in figures so far was to use psfrag and latex+dvips+ps2pdf. I am now moving to pdflatex and tend to prepare my graphics in pdf format. I was wondering if there ...
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Change the color model of an included pdf

Say I have a pdf file foo.pdf that I want to include in my bla.tex document via \includegraphics{foo.pdf}. Say that foo.pdf is a colored document and that I need bla.pdf to be in gray levels. How can ...
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pdflatex: fit-page-to-contents or scale-contents-to-fit-page

I have a problem which can be solved one of two ways: Typeset a given chunk of TeX in an "infinitely wide" space, then scale the result so that its width is the width of the page. Typeset a given ...