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Should I go for LaTex for 150 page thesis? [duplicate]

Will it become difficult to edit large document? I found no settings for selective page properties where I could adjust the margins for two sided printing in Word. Is it easy in LaTex? Is it possible? ...
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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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What needs to be introduced in a short introduction to LaTeX?

One of the things listed at the How you can help in the TeX community page of the TUG website is: We'd like to have an ‘introduction to LaTeX’ document that falls somewhere between the brevity of ...
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Why are there no alternatives to TeX, or, why is TeX still used? [closed]

I'm fairly new to TeX and LaTeX, having been drawn in by the Big Idea — creating a document programmatically. However, my experience of TeX (and its libraries — LaTeX, ConTeXt, …) has been almost ...
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Visual comparison between LaTeX and Word output (hyphenation, typesetting, ligatures etc)

I really want to convince my friends and family that LaTeX is the choice for them when it comes to formatting and creating beautiful documents. I am aware of the major advantages that come with using ...
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When to use \par and when \\, \newline, or blank lines

What is the difference between \par, \newline and \\ and blank lines and when should I use \par instead of \\?
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What are TeX and LaTeX?

I'm surprised no one else has asked this question. It's not explained very well in the FAQ or site descriptions either. I know many of you will think "LMGTFY", "RTFM", or "ask wikipedia", but I'd ...
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Is LaTeX outdated?

Word processors are getting better these days, and I'm wondering if LaTeX was a solution in the past for a buggy Microsoft Word, and it programmatically gave you the options to do formatting. I'm ...
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What is the mindset to take when using ConTeXt vs LaTeX?

Having recently gotten back into writing with LaTeX, I explored XeTeX and found advances in using modern fonts, explored LuaTeX and found a next-gen development underway, and explored ConTeXt and ...
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What would draw a student of the humanities to (La)TeX systems?

I've been given permission to put up a poster in the campus writing center. The primary users of this writing center are from the humanities—those students who need to write rather long papers on a ...
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Does LaTeX really perform worse than Word? [closed]

A new study in PLOS ONE1 concludes that even novice MS Word users perform better than expert LaTeX users in document creation. I have read the article and I feel like I have identified some flaws in ...
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LaTeX vs MS word [closed]

During a conversation with one of my friends who is a die hard user of MS word, I had to face this question- Why LaTeX and not MS word?. Though I gave usual reasons like quality of typing and ease ...
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Why do people chose Latex for mathematical writing? [closed]

I'm trying to make the transition from Word to Latex for mathematical writing. But the more I learn about it, the less sure I am that I should make this transition. Typographical Quality For example ...
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*noob* LaTeXiT long division

Like it says in the title I'm a complete noob trying to get LaTeXiT to do a simple long division sum. I've installed the complete latex package I've obtained from here https://tug.org/mactex/mactex-...

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