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Idea borrowed from Hendrik Vogt:


[Welcome to TeX.SE](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1436).


It would be helpful if you composed a fully compilable [MWE](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228) including `\documentclass` and the appropriate packages that sets up the problem.

While solving problems can be fun, setting them up is not. Then, those trying to help can simply cut and paste your MWE and get started on solving the problem.


It is always best to compose a fully compilable [MWE](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228) that illustrates the problem including the `\documentclass` and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it.

This will also serve as a test case and ensure that the solution actually works for you.

That way those trying to help can focus on the solution as opposed to setting up the problem test case.


While code snippets are useful in explanations, it is always best to compose a fully compilable [MWE](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228) that illustrates the problem including the `\documentclass` and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it.

This is especially important for `tikz` as there are numerous libraries.

In this case it will actually help to ensure that the solution actually solves your specific problem.

Personally, I have often solved my own problems in the process of reducing the amount of code actually required to reproduce the problem.


A tip: If you indent lines by 4 spaces, then they're marked as a code sample. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button (`{}`).

I took the liberty to format your post a little. See [this link for more details on available formatting](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/editing-help).


Saying it "does not work" does not provide any useful information with which anyone can provide you with any help. I'd suggest you post a new question and include a fully compilable [MWE](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228) including `\documentclass` and the appropriate packages that sets up the problem. If your case does not even compile, then ensure that it compiles if that one line is commented. While solving problems can be fun, setting them up is not. Then, those trying to help can simply cut and paste your MWE and get started on solving the problem.


Mar
26
comment Varying number of columns in multi-equation environment
I think this is another case where I would recommend using a combination of \phantom and/or \makebox. References: How to align across ordinary text; as in breaking matrices, sets of equations, tables, Sharing alignment between equations in two different items, Aligning different parts of an equation with certain spots in the line above. There probably are many other similar postings on this site.
Mar
26
comment Summary based on environments/custom commands
Welcome to TeX.SE. While code snippets are useful in explanations, it is always best to compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. In this case you should also show what the expected output should be to clarify the question.
Mar
26
answered How to use the equivalent of a vfill in a tabular environment?
Mar
26
comment Will TikZ compilation become faster?
Welcome to TeX.SE. It is not clear what the question is here, except for the title. If you have a specific problem with externalization please edit the question to clarify.
Mar
26
accepted Using \leftroot{}, \uproot{} with closed square root symbol
Mar
26
revised Using \leftroot{}, \uproot{} with closed square root symbol
Default root index to `\hphantom{3}` as per fix at egreg's fix for closed-square-root-symbol
Mar
26
revised Creating a Free Body Diagram in TikZ
typos and minor reformatting
Mar
25
comment Comment Multi-line Text on Counter Condition
@Meneldur: That seems like a very good question, so please new post a new question. You can link to this question if needed. That way it can benefit others who encounter a similar problem. Also, please keep in mind that it is always best to compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it.
Mar
25
comment Creating a Free Body Diagram in TikZ
If the answers below seem overwhelming, as they did to me when I started with TikZ, perhaps these two tutorial like answers might help you get started: How to draw a poset Hasse Diagram using TikZ? and How to draw a cube with TikZ where all faces have a distinct color?
Mar
25
comment Creating a Free Body Diagram in TikZ
Welcome to TeX.SE. It is useful to post what you have tried so far and then as a specific question about what you are unable to do. If you are just asking for general information on what drawing packages to use there are several good references on this site, but I'd personally recommend TikZ.
Mar
25
comment What is the preferred way of defining a TikZ constant?
I don't think your 2nd example shows a problem. One would do that if they did not know (or did not want) to use \bfseries, and hence the correct result was produced.
Mar
25
comment What is the preferred way of defining a TikZ constant?
@Tobi: If you use \newcommand in the Problem with \def (with the last one uncommented) then you get a nice error that explains exactly what the problem is. With \def it just hangs and you don't know what went wrong. It took my quite some time to diagnose my problem as it was nested several macros deep..
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
24
comment Guaranteeing that the vertical space above and below a figure are equal
Related Question: vspace around table and figure environment
Mar
24
comment What is the preferred way of defining a TikZ constant?
@Tobi: I think you should post an answer to summarize what you are recommending, as it might be confusing to someone who comes across this question. I am recommending not using \def, and not using \renewcommand.
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
24
answered How to insert vertical space between paragraphs
Mar
24
comment How to insert vertical space between paragraphs
If you just leave a blank line between paragraphs that will start a new paragraph. If it does not for you, please compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages.
Mar
23
answered Problems with implementing glossary.engine in TeXShop
Mar
23
comment Problems with implementing glossary.engine in TeXShop
OK, but that seems to be unrelated to this question. Please post a separate question including a complete MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it.