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How to include graphics with spaces in their path?

I want to import graphics into my main input file using the macro \includegraphics. It does not work if the filename contains spaces. Include image with spaces in path directory to be processed with ...
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Cunning (La)TeX tricks

Writing (La)TeX code sometimes requires a degree of guile. Here (in no particular order) are two of my favourite examples. Macros ending with spaces Pete asked how to see the implementation of ...
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How to write “ä” and other umlauts and accented letters in bibliography?

How to write in bibliography (package natbib) letter "a" with two dots above? Specially, I mean the word Birkhäuser. Is there a general rule or way how to write such umlauts or other accented letters ...
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How does one type Chinese in LaTeX?

Can anyone describe how one can type Chinese in LaTeX? When I compile this: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} 你好吗? \end{document} the resulting document shows nothing. For reference my IME ...
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Unbreakable block

I want to do something like the following in TeX: \begin{nobreak} Text here will not split over pages, it will remain as one continuous chunk. If there isn't enough room for it on the current page ...
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How to remove the warnings “Font shape `OT1/cmss/m/n' in size <4> not available” and “Size substitutions with differences” in beamer?

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `OT1/cmss/m/n' in size <4> not available LaTeX Font Warning: Size substitutions with differences I am using the files from ...
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Compile a LaTeX document into a PNG image that's as short as possible

I need to convert my LaTeX documents into PNG. The problem is, I also need the resulting image to be as short as possible (height-wise). I've tried latex followed by dvipng, but the result is always ...
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Good way to make \textcircled numbers?

I'm trying to make some good-looking numbers in a circle, using the simple command: \textcircled{1} However, the circle is misaligned vertically with the number, and look a bit sloppy: Any ...
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What is the difference between \def and \newcommand?

Inspired by a question about \let and \def, I have some that essentially all boil down to asking What are the differences between \def and \newcommand? In particular, I wonder Is it possible to ...
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Workflow for managing references?

What is your workflow for managing references? How does this workflow scale? Do you use programs like zotero, mendeley, jabref? What are their pros and cons? Does it allow easy integration of ...
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How to convert PDF to (La)TeX?

I know that hardly any information is passed to the PDF when a .tex file is compiled. But is there a tool that can convert a PDF document back to (La)TeX?
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Print programs with its proper syntax

I have defined my own language whose syntax is very close to the one of Pascal. I would like to type the following program for instance. Many people use the packages algorithmicx or algorithm2e to ...
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Drawbacks of xspace

I'm certain I have read that xspace can cause more problems than it solves. But I cannot find anything to that effect either on this site or the web. Are there any drawbacks or risks associated with ...
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What is the meaning of double pound symbol (##1) in an argument?

I've seen sometimes that people use a double pound sign (##) when defining/using arguments. What is the difference between the normal argument, #1, and the double sign one, ##1? Are there any ...
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Space after LaTeX commands

I have a definition \newcommand{\arnold}{Arnold Schwarzenegger} when I refer to it by \arnold is a it is rendered as Arnold Schwarzeneggeris a In order to have a space in front of "is" I ...
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What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?

I have been using MiKTeX for a couple of years. I don't know whether it is "wise" to insist on using it. Could you give me a list of advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?
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utf8x vs. utf8 (inputenc)

I normally use \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} for my latex document but on this site i saw a lot of code with \usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}. What are the differences between the 2 options ? Is there one ...
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How to write (La)TeX (with parentheses) [or any other TeX-related logo]

I'm looking after a macro to write the (La)TeX logo (with parentheses), i.e. something similar to \TeX, \LaTeX, but where the output includes ()'s.
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Cyrillic in (La)TeX

What are different ways to use Cyrillic in (La)TeX? What are their pros and cons?
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How to have local package override default package

I have an non-root account on a shared server which has an old version of a package available to all users, and I want to use a newer one on my account. I cannot just use $TEXINPUTS, because latex ...
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TikZ: How to draw an arrow in the middle of the line?

Like this: .------<------. | | v ^ | | '------>------' I am currently using \begin{scope}[very thick,->] \draw (-4,1)--(-4,0)--(0.1,0); \draw ...
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How can I invert a 'clip' selection within TikZ?

I wish to draw an arc for a reflex angle on the outside of a triangle with coordinates (A), (B) and (C). If I wanted to draw the arc inside the triangle I could use something like \begin{scope} ...
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Defining commands/abbreviations that contain numbers

I tend to use \newcommand to define macros for symbols I use often, e.g. \newcommand{\hankel}{H^{(1)}_0}. One inconvenience of this approach is the fact that command names cannot include numbers. ...
201
votes
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How to include SVG diagrams in LaTeX?

I'm making all my diagrams in SVG format using Inkscape and then I export them to some other format (e.g. PDF, EPS or PNG). I wrote a short script that does this for me automatically, but I'd like to ...
86
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Style/class tutorials

What are some good tutorials on writing custom styles (classes) that clearly explain commands used and some of the features that TeX has to offer in the way of styles?
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Using BibTeX to make a list of references without having citations in the body of the document?

Is there any way to have BibTeX insert a bibliography without having citations in the body of the document itself? Maybe a way to hide the in-text citations, so that BibTeX still sees them and ...
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Extract x, y coordinate of an arbitrary point in TikZ

I need a macro to extract the x and y coordinates from an arbitrary point, like (3,4), or like (A), or like ([xshift=-2pt] A.north west), where A is the name of a node. I've seen the solution ...
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How to keep a constant baselineskip when using minipages (or \parboxes)?

When a minipage is used to box a text paragraph, the first line of the minipaged text and the last line of the previous text paragraph are closer than two consecutive lines in a standard text ...
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Writing a table with equally spaced columns, based on the widest column

Friends, I'm trying to generate a table in which I have all columns equally spaced (same width). In my case, the width for all columns would be the width of the widest column of the table: ...
74
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1answer
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How to include a picture over two pages, left part on left side, right on right (for books)?

When writing a long book (from 300 to over a 1000 pages), there is often need to include large pictures and one wishes to have them displayed over two pages, left half on the left page, right half on ...
69
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2answers
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How to make the PDFs produced by `pdflatex` smaller?

I feel that the PDFs produced by pdflatex are too huge. So for example my 50 page book with no illustrations is 500KB. I feel it should be more like 50K or even less. The .tex files together are just ...
61
votes
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Different command definitions with and without optional argument

I want to define a command that expands to two completely different things depending on whether I supply, or not, an optional argument. For example, \mycmd{normal} -> something(normal) ...
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votes
4answers
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Vertical and horizontal lines in pgf-tikz

It is easy to produce a path between two nodes consisting of a single horizontal and a single vertical line (from the manual): \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) node(a) [draw] {A} (1,1) node(b) ...
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Why is the ifthen package obsolete?

In the LaTeX companion, the authors recommend to use the package ifthen for complex conditional. But in his answer to LaTeX conditional expression Will Robertson doesn't mention it, and in the ...
28
votes
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Diagonal lines in table cell

I need this table: (each row and column should have the same height and length, last cell should be divided by diagonal line). I tried the following code: \documentclass[11pt]{article} ...
28
votes
4answers
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How to make \left, \right pairs of delimiter work over multiple lines?

I have a very long equation that must be separated into two lines, and it has several pairs of nesting \left \right delimiters. Unfortunately, it seems that they need to be on the same line in order ...
30
votes
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Two figures side by side [duplicate]

How can I put two figures side-by-side? Not two sub-figures, but two actual figures with separate "Fig.: bla bla" captions. A figure is supposed to spread over the entire text width, but I have two ...
20
votes
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\includegraphics PDF, color problem

I'm using pdflatex, and use \includegraphics to include content of figures from PDF. PDF are exported from InkScape. \begin{figure} [!h] \centering \includegraphics[height=3cm]{fig/SUSAN.pdf} ...
18
votes
1answer
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How do you remove the axis multiplier?

A chart with data in the range of 200,000 and small difference between max and min values, will be assigned a 10^5 multiplier to the entire axis. This results in the ticks becoming meaningless, since ...
28
votes
3answers
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Citing a range of papers (using numeric keys)?

Is there a way so that, when I cite a range of papers, the output is a range of numbers, instead of a list of numbers? In other words, when I type ... some dummy text here is due to me \cite{me1, ...
93
votes
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How can I get bold math symbols?

To make Latin-letter variables bold I can use e.g. \mathbf{a}, but while putting Greek letters or symbols such as \nabla inside \mathbf doesn't cause any errors or warnings, it also doesn't do ...
90
votes
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Commenting out large sections

So to "comment out" a line, I need to insert a % at the beginning of the line (so that line will not be compiled). Is there way to comment out a large section without having to manually putting a % ...
47
votes
18answers
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Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX?

I would really love to have a software or tool which provided real time compilation of my LaTeX document (to be able to see the final pdf or dvi document as I type the latex code), especially for when ...
55
votes
6answers
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Why can't pdflatex print EPS figures?

The images in my paper are in EPS format. If I execute pdflatex to get a PDF version of my paper, the figures won't appear. I have to typeset using the latex command, and then convert the DVI file to ...
24
votes
3answers
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What are the ways to position things absolutely on the page?

I know that there is tikz, but also eso-pic and textpos. I'd like to see a list of possible ways (not necessarily packages) for absolute positioning of things (which I believe amounts to "boxes") on ...
23
votes
2answers
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Incompatibilities between KOMA-Script and titlesec

This is a complementary question to About memoir and titlesec incompatibility. The titlesec manual states (p. 2) that the package [...] works with the standard classes and with many others, ...
73
votes
4answers
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fontenc vs inputenc

I just don't seem to get it. So I come from the german speaking part of Switzerland and naturally I need ä ü ö a lot when I write german texts. So in LaTeX I have the option to go via "a "u "o which ...
66
votes
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Cross-reference packages: which to use, which conflict?

Inspired by my earlier question Theorem packages: which to use, which conflict?, here is another similar question. There are many different packages for making cross references. Among them hyperref, ...
53
votes
14answers
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What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?

I found GeoGebra to be a useful tool to help generate code for graphs. I suppose there must be other tools to help draw diagrams such as Sets/Venn Diagrams or Electrical Circuits (Logic Gates). Which ...
65
votes
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Can one TeX file output to multiple PDF files?

I'd like to be able to create a TeX file that will output multiple PDF files with one compilation. I'm not even sure if this is possible. Here is the setup: I am writing dozens of cover letters for ...

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