Texstudio displays a popup code-completion window for new commands that can give cues about what parameter does what and provides an explanation of the methods:

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I'd like to do the same with my own commands that I define with \newcommand. Is this possible?

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    It's definitely not something defined with TeX, but there's definitely a config file for texmaker you can patch. Feb 3, 2014 at 5:33
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    Look on texstudio the user manual section 4.13: there is some information about your problem.
    – marchetto
    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:51

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This information is extracted from the reference manual in the help directory of your TXS installation. For TXS <= 2.6.x it's latexhelp.html, in 2.7.0 and above we'll change to a more recent version named latex2e.html. If you want to add your own command descriptions, there's currently no other way than editing this file.

  • Thank you for the answer. Are there any important implications I should watch out for when I edit this file to document my own commands?
    – Superbest
    Feb 18, 2014 at 17:25
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    Well, even though I stated that you can edit the help file, I still would not recommend it generally. It's not designed to be a collection of all commands of all packages and I don't think we would distribute modified versions. After all, it's a documentation file for basic LaTeX commands. Feb 19, 2014 at 19:30
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    So, adding other stuff is just a workaround. IMO it would be ok for a private package that you want to share with some colleagues and provide some docs. Then you could distribute a modified help file along with your private package. There is currently no proper way to add official help for public packages. If you really want to go on, here is what we do: Scan the command index at the bottom of the file to know which commands are available. From there, we follow the link and copy the text in the context of the link (usually up to the next <hr>, if >30 lines we try to extract a reasonable part) Feb 19, 2014 at 19:47

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