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Equation: Using \left brackets inserts unwanted space [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Spacing around \left and \right I'm having some problems with writing down an equation in LaTeX. It's only a minor issue regarding appearance, but I'm kind of a perfectionist. ...
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Why do the braces in f{\left(x\right)} affect the output? [duplicate]

Why does f\left(x\right) result in more space before the ( than f{\left(x\right)}? i.e. Why does putting extra braces suppress the space?
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Using `\left(` and `right)` puts a space after an operator [duplicate]

When I use \left( and \right) to get appropriately sized parentheses for an operator, a space is created between the operator and the parentheses. I think it looks bad. Is it intentional? If so, why? ...
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True `macros' in (La)TeX [duplicate]

When using \newcommand and the like, LaTeX seems to create a new box for the content (I'm probably observing things wrong). For example, I have \newcommand{\p}[1]{\ensuremath{\left(#1\right)}} in my ...
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“(” or “\left(” parentheses?

What is the difference between ( and \left( in LaTeX? Sometimes, when the content is small, it does not seem to matter which pair I use. What is the best practice when it comes to which parentheses ...
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Automatic left and right commands

Is it possible to automatically "add" \left and \right commands in front of all brackets? The source code should be left intact, but LaTeX should interpret every pair of brackets as if they were ...
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Is it ever bad to use \left and \right?

For mathematics, is it ever disadvantageous to use \left( and \right) in equations? I can't see any way that doing this would hinder the typesetting, so why isn't () just converted into \left( \...
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automatic size adjustment for nested parentheses

As I prefer outer parentheses to grow larger in nested expressions, I happen to insert \bigl and \bigr and its larger cousins a lot. I have always wondered whether there is a way to do this ...
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Macro for \left( and \right)

I know there has been discussion about this topic, but I haven't seen a working solution. Is it possible to define a macro within LaTeX, such that inside math mode, ( would produce \left( and ) would ...
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Why doesn't TeX/LaTeX have reasonable defaults in certain cases?

I am in constant search for an alternative to LaTeX, but it seems I am stuck for it for a long time, and I am trying to see the bright side of it. The other day one thought struck me, I think, LaTeX ...
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Why doesn't LaTeX interpret ( as \left( and ) as \right)?

First of all I love LaTeX/MathJax; I use it a lot, but there are couple of things I hate about it. Sometimes the code becomes so messy that I almost can't read it without looking at the output, while ...
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Swap definition of starred and non-starred command

I don't like the fact that I am required to use \abs* when I want the vertical line of the absolute value to automatically re-size. I pretty much always want it to re-size, so would like to swap the ...
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What is the correct way to do delimiters?

I've always used \left and \right with my delimiters, but Martin Heller's answer to another question indicates that this method gives incorrect spacing. The correction appears to be prepending \...
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Need help re-defining the basic trig functions

I'd like to define my own commands to replace \sin, \cos, \tan, etc... I'd like to be able to use \tan[a]{x} to mean \tan^{a}{(x)}, and \tan{x} to mean just \tan{(x)}. I've tried modeling a solution ...
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Can I make LyX automatically use 'smart' parentheses [\left( \right)] in math mode?

When I type in math mode I always prefer to use the parentheses using \left and \right. Currently, I go into math mode and then press the button on the ribbon that appears in this mode and creates ...

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