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I'm just getting started with LaTeX, so likely missing something simple. I'm just looking for docs: how to get started, what commands do what, etc.

I found the documentation page, but all it seems to provide is a link to a document describing differences between LaTeX 2 and 2e, neither of which I have any familiarity with.

Is there a good, online resource that acts as a kind of reference documentation for LaTeX?

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  • source2e.pdf is available in every LaTeX distribution, but this is probably not for getting started. – TeXnician Jan 4 '18 at 8:52
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    the official documentation are books (the latex book and the latex companion from Addison-Wesley but ther are plenty of good free tutorials (the not so short introduction to latex being a good start) – David Carlisle Jan 4 '18 at 8:52
  • OK, I just found this question. It's a bit strange to me that there are no official docs, but OK let me dig further. – me-- Jan 4 '18 at 8:53
  • @me-- As noted, there is an official reference: LaTeX: A Document Preparation System, Leslie Lamport, Addison-Wesley, 1994, ISBN 0201529831. – Joseph Wright Jan 4 '18 at 8:54
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    I do not know what you mean by no official documentation, the official documentation is a published book. – David Carlisle Jan 4 '18 at 8:54
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Open a terminal or a command window and run

 texdoc latex

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