I am writing my thesis in MS Word but one of my friend told me about writing thesis in LaTex instead of using MS word. But I have no idea about LaTex. I just want to know is LaTex worth for learning for writing thesis as there is trade-off between time devoted to learn LaTex and time saved.

Please suggest me, is it beneficial for beginner to learn LaTex and write his/her thesis in LaTex instead of using MS word ?

closed as primarily opinion-based by jub0bs, Fran, user13907, Jesse, Mensch Dec 11 '15 at 8:34

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    It depends a bit on the scientific field how large the benefit is. Esp. do you have a lot of maths involved, do you need a lot of citations, do you need a lot of figures, tables, what kind of figures, etc. For a graphics designer, I would hardly recommend LaTeX for the thesis, but in most other cases I probably would. Please give us some details. – Chris Dec 11 '15 at 7:44
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    Automatically, of course :) – Karlo Dec 11 '15 at 8:20
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    This question surely will be closed as opinion-based. Old users of this site are fanatics of LaTeX but there are also people that simply hate LaTeX. No matter of how wrong they are for us, we can not guess of what group you are. Are you an expert in Word? Do you prefer programming in plain text or a GUI? However, my suggestion: Try it. A good starting point could be download LyX but also learn how to make basics documents without LyX to well-understand what is under the GUI. – Fran Dec 11 '15 at 8:28
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    Almost everything can be reliably automated. In fact, that's the default behaviour for section numbering, equation numbers, caption numbers (and caption positioning), references handling and so on. I would suggest that you invest some time to try out LaTeX for your purpose. What you will need is a good beginners introduction, and maybe your friend can help you to have a good start with it. But if you are observing that it does not fit your style of working, then do not use it. – Chris Dec 11 '15 at 8:29
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    @Chris: I'm a latex fanatic too (and loath word's list handling), but one shouldn't use it for the wrong reasons and one shouldn't underestimate the time needed to learn it. The worst latex users are the one who use it only reluctantly without real conviction. They should better fight a bit with word then a lot with latex. – Ulrike Fischer Dec 11 '15 at 8:44