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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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Style/class tutorials

What are some good tutorials on writing custom styles (classes) that clearly explain commands used and some of the features that TeX has to offer in the way of styles?
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changing \def to \edef causes error **job aborted, no legal \end found

Edit: Sorry forgot to add the intention: So my understanding is that \def expands the current definition, so I wanted to try using \edef which I believe is meant to fully expand the command even after ...
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Problem with implementing \ifcsname … \endcsname into a custom macro

I apologise in advance if this is a bad question but I have been trying to read up macros in Latex with the TeX-book but I just cannot work out why this doesn't work. So I have a 'working' macro (...
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Tex for IT professionals [duplicate]

I'm working as a programmer for about 20 years and invested a lot of time into understanding programming and computers before earning money with it. I've learned to program Java, use Windows, then ...
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The definitive guide to ConTeXt MkIV documentation

On the mailing list (sign up, do it!) and on TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange (abbr.: TeX.SX) I often read the complaint that the ConTeXt documentation is bad/old/incomplete. I wholeheartedly disagree. ...
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What are good resources for a beginner, non-computer genius type of person, to learn Plain TeX?

I noticed that there are a lot of "beginner" resources for LaTeX, lots of novice friendly tutorials etc. Are there similar resources available for Plain TeX that are geared towards beginners? ...
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Where do I start LaTeX programming?

I'm interested in writing packages for TeX/LaTeX/XeLaTeX. I googled around, but all I found was guides or tutorials about how to prepare documents using LaTeX. I want to know how LaTeX works and how ...
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LaTeX Introductions in languages other than English

Inspired by What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?, I thought that it might be useful to collect a list of the many brilliant introductory LaTeX books and tutorials written in ...
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Implement Friggeri in ConTeXt

How would one implement the Friggeri CV1[2] in ConTeXt? I'm new to TeX and have read: ConTeXt Mark IV an excursion Creating a clean presentation style in 40 commits It's in the details For the year-...
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Watermark image

Please note I'm new to LaTeX so don't know much about it (yet). I've looked on-line about how to add a watermark image but don't know how to do it. I've seen sites that show something about it but ...
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Where can I find “aligned” environment documentation?

Where can I find "aligned" environment documentation? I tried on the web and in this site but I've not been able to find it.
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Best tutorial learn bottom-up how to format biblatex-citations [duplicate]

After years with LaTeX, I need to take control over the output formatting of my citations in various projects. I've referred to the manual as well as the otherwise excellent tame the BeaST but I'm ...
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Tutorial: Low-Level Basic Implementation of an Asynchronous Table of Contents?

Closely Related: - Mimicking LaTeX's "table of contents" functionality Using documentclass{minimal}, what is the shortest way to write a low-level asynchronous Table of Contents, (...
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Comprehensive Tutorial/Manual for LaTeX/Packages with explicit example and shown results instead of pure codes like document center of mathematica

I want to use some packages in latex, then I find the manual for that package. However I find all these manual are purely codes and explanation without any explicit examples and shown results. I'm not ...
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Materials for learning TikZ

I feel intimidated in learning TikZ. I was wondering if there are some nice materials (or just your replies) at different level: for providing big picture, which is important to beginners to not lose ...
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Typesetting matrix multiplication

Here's a very general question: how would you guys write out a tutorial on matrix multiplication? Maybe with indicative arrows in order to show which line associates with its correspondent column, I ...
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Overhanging lines

I am new to LaTeX and I am trying to write my dissertation using LaTeX. Recently, I was working on this tutorial with Lipsum to create random text. Upon compiling, I see that some of these lines are ...
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Where can I find good ConTeXt documentation

Where would be a good place to start learning ConTeXt if you haven't got a lot of experience under your belt yet? Any place online or in a bookstore is welcome, provided that the reading is well-...
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Documents with typical LaTeX errors

I am giving a LaTeX course and have the idea to let the students find and solve problems within a few documents. Basically they shall learn how to create minimal examples and read error messages. ...
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TikZ Interactive Tutorial [closed]

I'm a new user to LaTeX and would like to learn how to draw graphics (specifically vectors {think multivariable calc} in TikZ. Are there any interactive tutorials or resources you can recommend? ...
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What TeXBook version has built-in bookmarks?

My PDF copy of the TeXbook, surprisingly, doesn't contain any built-in bookmark. Do you know what version has them?
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How to use deluxetable.sty?

I'm writing a lab report and it was recommended to use the deluxetable package, which is used by physics journals, etc. Despite the popularity of it, I am having trouble finding any tutorial on it. ...
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Changing Font Family as in LaTeX wikibook example

I want to vary the font family in my document, as demonstrated in this example from the LaTeX wikibook. I built and compiled an mwe using that same code, but in the document I generated, the font does ...
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Undefined citation in bibtex (from sharelatex tutorial) [duplicate]

First time using Bibtex. I was reading the tutorial of sharelatex on bibtex, here: https://www.sharelatex.com/learn/Bibliography_management_with_bibtex I copied the bib file they provide into a file: ...
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PSTricks: What are the Learning Tutorials/Guides available for new users with hierarchical steps?

I am looking for materials for PSTricks learning in similar vein to Materials for learning TikZ I am always interested to learn PSTricks through our famous Just for fun PSTricks User animated ...
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Best Way to Start Using LaTeX/TeX?

I'm not really a programmer but I'm quite interested in learning how to use LaTeX/TeX. I've looked it up on Wikipedia and scanned through it and the documents created through this way of editing is ...
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Is ConTeXt dead? [closed]

Seaching for ConTeXt tutorials and documentation I mostly found unfinished books older than 5 years, yet the last stable release was in 2015 and it seems widely used. Is this the intended state? I ...
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How to use biber

Simply put I want to know what steps I need to take to start biber with biblatex. I haven't been able to find any proper tutorials or guides showing how you go about using it instead of BibTeX. What ...
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Which Class and Packages for typesetting War and Peace ( a novel narrative) [duplicate]

Project: format "War and Peace" on 8.5" X 5.5" double sided pages, using open source software, with a pdf submittal. The utf8 text is freely available to anyone, and no one can own sole publication ...
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Any TEX / LATEX Tutorial Specifically Covering MikTeX & WinEdit on a Microsoft Windows PC? [duplicate]

For typesetting my mathematical documents, I have been using MikTeX (for the back-end compilation) and WinEdit (for front end typing), on a Windows system. However, I often find that I need a ...
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Are there good comprehensive lists of LaTeX commands online?

I'm relatively new to actual LaTeX scripting, much of my experience comes from using MathJax over at math.stackexchange.com and I'm kinda self-taught, just picking things up as I need them. However, I'...
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ConTeXt for the LaTeX user [duplicate]

I am willing to try out ConTeXt after reading about its typographical capabilities and differences from more classical engines. I was wondering if there was good and recent resources to learn the ...
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LaTeX introduction books 2: “modern” documentation [closed]

Trying to help a couple of completely lost querents here, I looked around and find a couple of nice posts pointing to "introductory" documentation, like for example What are good learning resources ...
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Which interesting and helpful YouTube channels do you recommend? [closed]

For starting I liked https://www.youtube.com/user/14mech14/videos. Which channels do you recommend?
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Is there a good tutorial / getting-started-guide focused on the KOMA-Script way?

So, I'm pretty new to LaTeX. I've been told in many places to use KOMA-Script document-classes instead of the standard ones; but it's also been mentioned that after doing so, you can't use a plethora ...
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Is it ok to learn latex from a 4-years old book?

I began reading LaTeX Beginner's Guide 2011. It instructed me to type \usepackage[noligatures]{microtype}, but the option to disable ligatures became a declaration, \DisableLigatures. It seems LaTeX ...
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Examples with the purpose of learning LaTeX?

I have a basic understanding of LaTeX. But I would like to learn more through LaTeX examples or real world usage (probably commented). Where can such be found?
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Is there a comprehensive and complete LaTeX reference?

When I dived into Python, I went through the beginner's tutorials. Of course, these tutorials cover only the basics and present only a shallow exhibition of what I can do with Python. Right now I'm ...
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How do I install, learn and benefit maximally by using LaTeX [duplicate]

I am new to LaTeX, but learnt that it's the best document preparation as researchers. I have downloaded ProTeX, but I do not know anything about coding and programming, how do I ( I am a PhD ...
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Good resources to understand how LaTeX is constructed layer after layer? [duplicate]

I have been a user of LaTeX for a couple of years now, and I would like to start to be involved in the writing packages. The problem is that currently, a lot of things appear to me as "black magic". ...
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Beginning Thesis [closed]

I am a graduate student in statistics and am about to begin writing my thesis, having finished my analyses and theoretical work. I have used LyX in the past and am well versed in knitr and have some ...
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Is there a useful latex manual which explains not only markup but relation of it

After searching for useful latex guides, manuals, tutorial, etc. for months now I've noticed a general lack of description of the relations between different types of markup. I estimate (from my long ...
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Is there any tutorial on writing custom tikz decorations? [closed]

I'd like to code a new decoration for TikZ. Is there any tutorial, howto, manual or anything on the web, or should I just study the source?
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How can I learn LaTeX enough to write a paper? [duplicate]

Recently one of my college teachers had given a problem for which I had developed a solution. He told me to write it down in a technical paper in a website called overleaf.com. However, I am ...
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Where can I find a `datasheet' document class or a tutorial on how to create one?

I'd like to be able to make a datasheet for a module that I'm building. By datasheet, I mean a document containing: A title page, with the primary features, applications, and an application block ...
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advanced LaTeX course [duplicate]

I am looking for some tutorial or video-class or something like that about LaTeX advanced course. I want to know more about macros and the creation of packages. Thanks for the attention!
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Where can I find documentaion for tkz-graph in english

The tkz-graph / tkz-berge packages are really useful for making graphs. The official documentation available on CTAN, is however not much help. The documentation for tkz-berge only document the high-...
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I am very interested in writing my M.Sc. thesis with Latex, and have question: [duplicate]

I am writing my M.Sc. thesis in biochemistry, which has mathematics. I am new to latex, but I am greatly interested in it. I am watching/reading tutorials but was wondering if the community could ...
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Introduction to LaTeX and Markup

I've got interest from someone in LaTeX, but she's not a computer person. She is smart, very smart, but not a computer person. i.e. She didn't know that typing something on the command line ran a ...