I'm new to LaTeX but have already read so much about it. Now, as I write my first long document, I notice that my head can't process all of this new information ;) For example creating a float - and I am like "Hmm what's the option that places a float at the bottom of the page? Or on its own page?"

What is your way for remembering these commands, especially if you only use them once in a while? Did you write your own short documentation or do you look up every question online?

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    My recipe: Training and buying a good book or reading some free introductory material like that from Dickimaw Books. Feb 16, 2014 at 16:43
  • Most packages provide a pretty good documentation, which I open with texdoc <package>. For the LaTeX kernel, this is IMHO not the case, so I just google for it. I have basically stopped looking things up in books.
    – Daniel
    Feb 16, 2014 at 16:48
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    Almost all LaTeX command are mnemonics, the command to make a table of contents is \tableofcontents. How hard is that? ;-). Things i don't need often, i just look up in the documentation: texdoc latex2e (for example) in a terminal
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 16, 2014 at 17:06
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    Practise, practise, practise! Feb 16, 2014 at 17:26
  • You'll remember some of the basic and frequent ones soon by practice. For other commands, I look in my previous documents. I can't remember what the commands I used to do x were, but I usually remember in what paper I did x. So I just check there how I did it.
    – Sverre
    Feb 16, 2014 at 18:01

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I use an editor (Sublime Text) where I can make snippets to expand into for instance floats (figures, tables) with my preferred setup.

For instance, typing "fig" and hitting tab expands to the following


This way I make my typing quite efficient, and it can help me to remember details in the coding.

But in general; the way you learn LaTeX is to write documents, check out solutions online (from for instance this brilliant community), and eventually all the small details will become very natural.

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