I need a LaTeX sample for statement of purpose. I found a sample statement of purpose file through Internet. It seems OK but not functioning on my Windows PC as it uses XeLaTeX files.

Now I am looking for a little bit different file. I created this using Microsoft Office. I don't know where I need to make changes to get the exactly similar look like the Microsoft Office one. Are there any suggestions?

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    Welcome to TeX.SX. Using xelatex on Windows is not a problem, but the fonts specified needs to be installed. In this case you need Adobe Caslon Pro, Monaco and Optima Regular, or choose some different fonts (lines 35-38 in the template). Dec 21, 2013 at 17:34
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You don't need XeLaTeX, nor many of the customization in that template.

\usepackage{tgschola} % or any other font package you like

  web: \textcolor{blue}{\itshape\yourweb}\quad

\newcommand{\soptitle}{Statement of Purpose}
\newcommand{\yourname}{firstname lastname}
\newcommand{\youremail}{[email protected]}


  pdftitle={\yourname - \soptitle},


\large of \yourname\ (ECE PhD applicant for Fall---2014)

\hrule height 1pt


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\statement{Project \#1}
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\statement{Project \#2}
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For having a page number at the bottom and reducing the spacing between header and first line, here are some modifications.

  headsep=4pt, % separation between header rule and text

  web: \textcolor{blue}{\itshape\yourweb}\quad
\fancyfoot[C]{Page \thepage\ of \pageref{LastPage}}

\newcommand{\soptitle}{Statement of Purpose}

%%%% from here it's the same as before
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    Thank you for your support .. I have one more request 1) how to reduce the line spacing in the header section (referring the line of statement of purpose of first name last name ) 2) how to put the page number in the bottom similar to the pdf (like page 1 of 1)
    – ibrahimkbd
    Dec 21, 2013 at 18:37
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    @ibrahimkbd I add only what needs to be changed; from the last line showed everything else is like before.
    – egreg
    Dec 21, 2013 at 18:48
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    another things, a) how to control the after paragraph .. 2) after first name last name (phd applicant fall) a little big space .. Can we control that part ? 3) The header font size is very small .. how to increase that little bit Thanks once again
    – ibrahimkbd
    Dec 21, 2013 at 19:18
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    @ibrahimkbd For the header, change \footnotesize into \small; for a wider space after “lastname” use \qquad instead of \quad. I don't understand what you mean by “after paragraph”.
    – egreg
    Dec 21, 2013 at 20:24
  • @egreg: Can you show me how to remove the header of the SOP (I mean the name, web, email, and the line at the top of the SOP)? Thank you so much! Dec 2, 2022 at 8:21

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