Firstly I will come clean and admit that the only real interaction I have with Latex is from within the Org-mode environment of Emacs.

I am trying to learn latex, however I am finding this confusing as most tutorials for latex are not centered in Emacs.

The main source of confusion is the header of org-mode, where I can declare "Latex_HEADER: arbitrary latex command."

In some instances I have success passing commands to this header prefix. for example

#+LATEX_HEADER: \setlength{\parindent}{0pt}

which sets no indent for each paragraph.

In other instances I have no luck, such as

#+LATEX_HEADER: \abnormalparskip{10}

however my paragraphs have not changed after the above.

Any guidance on what I am doing incorrectly?

  • Not everyone is familiar with org mode. You should postthe generated latex code (if possible)
    – daleif
    Commented Mar 5, 2021 at 19:48

1 Answer 1


I have no idea about org-mode. However the following regular LaTeX code works.

% orgmodeprob.tex  SE 585974







Note that I used \abnormalparskip{10pt} whereas you said that you used \abnormalparskip{10} which produces an error.

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  • many thanks for that. I need to pay more attention!
    – Prolle
    Commented Mar 6, 2021 at 20:23

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