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Avoiding jumping frames in beamer

Sometimes I want an element on a frame to change in steps. I do this by \only<2>{ ... } \only<3>{ ... } etc. But this causes the frame to jump due to different sizes of the ...
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23answers
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What are good sites to find citations in BibTex format?

When working with Bibtex, manually transferring the citation information for articles, prooceedings, books, etc. can be a tedious work. Some web sites provide citations in Bibtex format. What are your ...
126
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3answers
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How can I make an enumerate list start at something other than 1?

Sometimes, I want to have enumerate lists in LaTeX start at other than the first value (1, a, i, etc.) How can I make an enumerate list start at an arbitrary value?
31
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7answers
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Why are some pages in my PDF coming out bold? [duplicate]

When I run my LaTeX document through pdflatex, some of the pages (the ones where figures appear) have all the text bolded. Why, and what can I do to make it stop?
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3answers
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What are underfull hboxes and vboxes and how can I get rid of them?

Often, TeX outputs underfull hbox and vbox warnings when running and in the generated log file. What are these and how can I get rid of them?
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3answers
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How can I make a table that takes up more than a single page?

I've got data that I need to include in a table, but there's a lot if it. I've played with the font size and table formatting as much as I can, but the table still won't fit on the page. Is there ...
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11answers
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Embedding LaTeX equations into a webpage

I'd like to include some basic math equations into a webpage. Is there an easy way of either compiling the LaTeX into an image which I can upload, or else of having the browser parse the code?
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3answers
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How do I create pasting diagrams in TikZ?

I've been toying with the idea of switching over from Xy-pic to TikZ for all of my diagramming needs, but one feature that's very important to me is the ability to create 2-categorical pasting ...
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How to create luatex.fmt

I wanted to try the latest version of LuaTeX, so I downloaded the official precompiled binaries but these raw binaries are useless without a luatex.fmt. How can this file be created?
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Can one “manually override” BibTeX's choice of citation keys by adding a field to the entry?

Normally, I'm basically OK with BibTeX's choice of citation key (by which I mean, the short symbol it shows in the final document, like [2] or [Hil05], not the one one types in the tex file), but ...
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5answers
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Tool for cleaning LaTeX code

Is there something like indent for LaTeX? I have a collaborator that is using Scientific Workplace and the code it produces is totally messed up; I know I shouldn't expect miracles, but any machine ...
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14answers
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?
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2answers
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Is there a makefile system for LaTeX, etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for automating document compilation How do I handle building complicated and large LaTeX projects? Is there a makefile system (like GNU Make) or should I just ...
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27answers
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LaTeX template for resume/curriculum vitae

If you have a TeX'ed resume, did you use a template or make your own? Are there any useful packages? What looks the most professional? How about special considerations for different areas of work ...
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5answers
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How to make a standard preamble into a package

I have a preamble that I copy and paste into nearly all of my documents. Is there a nice way to turn this into a package than I can use? I would prefer to do this in a way that doesn't depend on my ...
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6answers
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Which document class is being used?

Is there a way to programmatically determine which document class is in effect? I'd like to be able to write conditional macros that behave differently depending on which document class is currently ...
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2answers
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Need macro to ignore specific even-numbered inputs

My document consists (among other things) of blocks that look like this: \begin{Solution}{6.7.8,1.2.3} ... \end{Solution} or \begin{Solution}{,1.2.3} ... \end{Solution} I would like to define ...
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5answers
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What is a simple example of something you can do with LuaTeX?

I've heard that with LuaTeX, you can embed Lua code in your document that work directly with TeX internals, making it possible to do several things that are hard to do with macros. What is a good ...
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16answers
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Which manuals are on your “TeX Reference” shelf?

This is a community wiki since there is no "one true answer"- if you find an answer that contains a lot of your choices, but is missing something you feel is incredibly useful. Feel free to add it. ...
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25answers
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to ...
28
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5answers
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Where can I find computer modern fonts for use in other programs, e.g. Adobe Illustrator?

For some complicated diagrams, I need to use something like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, and would like to include nicely typeset labels. (I'm aware of post-processing solutions, such as pinlabel.) ...
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10answers
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What is the best way to learn TeX?

As opposed to LaTeX, which is addressed in another question. Most of the references I've seen get too complex too quickly. I'm looking for something that gives me a top-down view of the language - ...
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7answers
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How can I convert math-less latex documents into Microsoft Word?

Like most people here, my resume/CV is in LaTeX, but there are always these annoying companies (or more often, recruiters) who will only look at resumes in Microsoft Word format. How can I translate ...
89
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7answers
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What is the difference between TeX and LaTeX?

I know LaTeX and I've heard that LaTeX is a set of macros in TeX. But what does it exactly mean?
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8answers
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How can I specify a long list of math operators?

The preambles of my LaTeX documents often include many many lines of \DeclareMathOperator instructions, e.g. \DeclareMathOperator{\Rep}{Rep} \DeclareMathOperator{\Tet}{Tet} ...
28
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5answers
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When does it make sense to use TeX only and skip LaTeX?

In what applications doesn't LaTeX give you much?
16
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3answers
8k views

How do I use an OpenType font with my LaTeX document?

I want to use a really cool open-source OpenType font with my LaTeX document. I was told that either I could go through a long process of converting the OpenType font to one useable by LaTeX, or I ...
48
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10answers
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How can I speed up LaTeX compilation?

The slowest part is a dozen of diagrams in TikZ.
93
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5answers
8k views

Is there an easy way to have my whole document with a space between paragraphs rather than indentation?

I would like to have my whole document showing a blank line (or space) between paragraphs and no indentation. I know how to do it line by line, but is there a way to change that with just one or a few ...
40
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5answers
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How do I label different rows or columns of a matrix using braces?

I have a matrix enclosed in brackets [ ] (or (), or {}, or |'s, or ||'s): - a b c d - | e f g h | | i j k l | - m n o p - which I want to label like so: R |---| -- - a b c d ...
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5answers
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Differences between LuaTeX, ConTeXt and XeTeX

I’m interested in the differences and commonalities between the “new” (La)TeX processors: LuaTeX, XeTeX, and ConTeXt. Personally, I’ve only used XeTeX so far and without having the time to try out ...
84
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2answers
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What does “overfull hbox” mean?

I often see output from TeX with the warning overfull hbox, badness 10000. What does this message mean?
13
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2answers
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How can I prevent page break between lines of a paragraph or bibliography entry?

My university's thesis guidelines require that each bibliographic entry appear in whole on a single page, rather than being split across two. How can I prevent (La)TeX breaking a paragraph across a ...
11
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2answers
4k views

Is there a template available that allows easy publishing of poem book?

I would like to layout a professionally designed book containing poems. What template should I use?
84
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10answers
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Spell checking LaTeX documents

What's the best strategy for spell checking LaTeX documents?
309
votes
13answers
46k views

How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character?

I know what my symbol or character looks like, but I don't know what the command is or which math alphabet it came from. How do I go about finding this out?
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10answers
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What is the best way to make the transition from Microsoft Word to LaTeX?

My experience at the present moment is restricted to Microsoft Word and is likely to remain for most of my collaborative work. However, for my individual authored documents I would like to use LaTeX. ...
212
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25answers
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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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1answer
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Why does my table of contents not appear in my beamer presentation? [closed]

I copied a beamer presentation and made new slides, but when I compile it the table of contents is missing. I tried copying and pasting the old presentation into mine and it is still missing the ...
12
votes
3answers
689 views

Label in caption

For certain styles it appears that the \label statement must be included in \caption to preserve good referencing. Why is that?
154
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18answers
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Compiling documents online

I have heard rumors that you can compile documents online, and more specifically that Google has a free online compiler, but I have never been able to find any. Is there a way to compile documents ...
11
votes
3answers
507 views

Table of contents numbering is strange [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ToC numbering problem My LaTeX document is acting strangely. Here is a simplified version of it: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \tableofcontents \newpage ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Automatically define macros in LyX documents

I'm using LyX all the time and over the last 2 years I've accumulated some very handy macros for my lecture notes. As it is today, every time I start a new document, I copy and paste the macros from ...
6
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3answers
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How do I set the minimum width of a subfigure?

I have: \subfigure[blah blah blah.] { \begin{tikzpicture}[/MyStyle] ... some stuff... \end{tikzpicture} } But "some stuff" is not that wide and the text in the subfigure produces a lot of ...
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5answers
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How can I use \linebreak inside a node, in tikz? [duplicate]

This is my code, which doesn't work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \tikz \node {start\linebreak{}stop}; \end{document} The \linebreak command doesn't work. In order to ...
12
votes
2answers
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Solution of problems in the end of a book [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I produce exercises in one part of a LaTeX document with selected answers in another? I'm writing a book and want to add some math problems and solutions to this ...
10
votes
3answers
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Why \linebreak doesn't work when text width is not set? [duplicate]

This is the code I have: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{shapes} \begin{document} \tikz \node[rectangle split, rectangle split parts=2] ...
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vote
1answer
696 views

How to remove entry “Listings” from table of content (toc)

How can I use \lstlistoflistings to create a list of listings, but not have this list as an entry in the table of content? Normally, a star helps to hide things like that and I use memoir as document ...
29
votes
3answers
9k views

How to insert 4 digit year that shows up in \today?

Using the LaTeX command \today, I can insert the current date. Is there any way to insert the current year with a simple command? All I want is the simple 4 digit year that shows up in \today.
47
votes
4answers
58k views

Have new line between paragraphs, no indentation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an easy way to have my whole document with a space between paragraphs rather than indentation? I am sure that this must be a dup, but I can't find the right ...

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