# How do you start out each document? [duplicate]

As in, do you have a .tex file from which you begin every document? This hypothetical file would contain most of the things you use in each document on a regular basis. For example, here's my "template".

\documentclass[10pt,letterpaper]{article}       % Basics
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}                     % Inputs
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}                        % Inputs
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}               % 1 inch margins
pdftitle={title},
pdfproducer={LaTeX with hyperref},
\hypersetup{
citecolor=black,
filecolor=black,
urlcolor=black,                     % End setup
pdfpagemode=UseNone                 % Disables bookmarks sidebar auto appearing
}

\title{title}
\author{author}
\date{\today}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
Insert body here.
\end{document}


I get the feeling that I'm missing some essential packages, but that's what I use to start out each document I make.

• Have you seen What packages do people load by default in LaTeX?? – cgnieder Jun 26 '13 at 23:25
• That being said: I don't have a common preamble for documents - it depends on what I need for the specific document – cgnieder Jun 26 '13 at 23:27
• Some editors use 'wizards' for that. In certain instances you can even set up yourself, what that automatically generated preamble should contain. But I don't think there is a universal, one-size-fits-all variant. And neither should there be one IMHO. – Count Zero Jun 26 '13 at 23:29
• @cgnieder Thanks for that link! A quick Google search found nothing, so I made a post about it. – Kevin Dong Jun 26 '13 at 23:32
• @CountZero I find those "wizards" to be usually quite lackluster in terms of options and helpfulness. – Kevin Dong Jun 26 '13 at 23:33