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How to make clickable links and cross-references in pdfs produced by LaTeX?

How can I make things link url references, my index, table of contents, and cross references clickable links in documents produced by LaTeX? I generally use pdflatex to produce my documents.
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What's the best way to write e-mail addresses?

When trying to write an e-mail address, there are always problems with the @ sign. Solutions I've seen suggested are using some verbatim environment (more difficult in footnotes) and using a math-...
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Fonts larger than \Huge?

How can I make text that is larger than the size of the output of {\Huge ...}? I would like to be able to make text arbitrarily large (even if that is done by some suboptimal scaling routine).
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How to set preferred PDF viewer for texdoc in TeXLive 2010 pretest.

I had evince, installed TexLive 2010 pretest (ubuntu lucid linx, fresh install). texdoc was using evince. Then I installed kubuntu ontop, and texdoc switched to okular. Now I've installed acroread and ...
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How do I make links in my pdf to run other programs?

I remember when I installed MiKTeX on my PC, I did it by clicking a series of links in a pdf document, which would run the various installer programs. What (La)TeX commands were used to make that ...
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What is the difference between \let and \def?

What is the difference between the \let and \def commands in TeX/LaTeX? Ideally please provide a simple example that will illustrate the difference between them.
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When should I use \input vs. \include?

There are two different commands to incorporate another file into the source of some document, \input and \include. When should I use one or the other? What are the differences between them? Are there ...
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How do I add numbered footnotes on every page?

I wan to be able adding numbered footnotes for some words in my documents, but displaying them on the same page and not at the end of the document. Ho do I do that?
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Using custom symbols

As comprehensive as the existing set of symbols is, it doesn't have every possible symbol that could exist, and it really takes the fun out of inventing a new symbol if you can't typeset it nicely. ...
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How can you use LaTeX to write a document with other people?

I imagine that many users are or were [PhD] students, so I would like to know: how do you use LaTeX to write a document (like the final dissertation) that requires many revisions from other people. ...
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How can I add "page # of ##" on my document?

I want to add a footer to my document displaying the current number out of total number of pages. How do I do that?
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Installing TTF fonts in LaTeX

One of the annoying aspects of LaTeX is the limited number of fonts that come by default, and the pain involved in making new fonts 'LaTeX' ready. I have a collection of truetype fonts that I'd like ...
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I want to start using LaTeX on Ubuntu. Where do I start?

There are many different kind of options that you can do in order to start using LaTeX on Ubuntu. I would prefer doing that through Eclipse, but if there is a better way of doing it, feel free to ...
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How do I break up a bibliography into separately numbered sections?

There are at least two use cases where one might want to list items in a bibliography under separate subsections with different numbering conventions. a CV, where you'd like to list journal papers, ...
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I want to start using LaTeX on Mac OS X. Where do I start?

I want to write my final thesis using LaTeX, what should I do in order to be able to do that through Eclipse on a Mac OS X? If any another good editor exists, feel free to write your opinion on why ...
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Will the \phantom{...} command break left justification if placed at the end of a line?

If I have some text and then \phantom{more text}, will LaTeX just allow an overfull (invisible) box at the end of the line, or could it potentially put in a line break and then have the invisible box ...
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Automagically externalising PSTricks and TikZ pictures [duplicate]

My thesis currently has a few PSTricks and TikZ pictures. It takes a while to compile over here Scott says he has some scripts to automate externalising TikZ pictures. I'm looking ideally for ...
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What table tools/packages do you use?

Making tables in LaTeX can be painful. All you need is a semi complex table with cells that have to span multiple rows/columns. What tools do you use to get around this complexity? Tabular? Tabularx? ...
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How can I get two sequences of "footnotes" in one LaTeX document, one as footnotes, the other as endnotes?

I want to have two distinct sequences of "footnotes" in a single text, one as footnotes, the other as endnotes. Can this be accomplished in LaTeX? If so, how? In case it isn't clear what I mean, here'...
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What graphics packages are there for creating graphics in LaTeX documents?

What packages do you use and recommend for creating graphics in your LaTeX documents? As this is a community wiki post, please add your package to the accepted answer (or add a comment, and ...
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Are there LaTeX performance profiling tools?

The most obvious way to speed up LaTeX processing is to split a large and complex document into smaller pieces. For example, Makefiles, \beginpgfgraphicnamed/\endpgfgraphicnamed when using TiKZ, and ...
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How to obtain verbatim text in a footnote?

I want to employ a \verb command in a footnote. But, when I run pdflatex on \documentclass{article} \begin{document} I want this.\footnote{\verb|But, it does not work!|} \end{document} I get this:...
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eqnarray vs align

Motivation I want to include a list of related equations, say, for a proof, in my LaTeX document. As far as I know, I have two good options, eqnarray and align. Question What is the difference ...
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How to cross-reference items in description lists?

Every now and then I use the description list environment \begin{description} \item[foo] foo is good \item[bar] bar is bad \end{description} to create lists with non-numerical labels. ...
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How do I insert an image in LaTeX so it looks good on print?

LaTeX documents print beautifully, but images often looks "ugly", "pixelated" or "low-res" compared to the text. By images I don't mean photos, which I rarely use, but rather diagrams, charts and ...
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Is there a program equivalent to lint for LaTeX?

Is there a program equivalent to lint for LaTeX? (lint checks C code for syntax errors and possible mistakes.)
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What are other good resources on-line for information about TeX, LaTeX and friends?

Are there newsgroups, forums, FAQs, and other sites that provide quality information on TeX, LaTeX and friends? Are all of these in English, or is there one in "my language of choice"?
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LaTeX packages for use with revision control

I use revision control (Subversion, to be exact) to keep track of the edits to my LaTeX documents. Is there a LaTeX package that interfaces with revision control? Specifically, it would be nice to see ...
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Anyone know a good template for formal letters?

Occasionally, I write letters that I actually print out and send by snail mail :). I'd like them to look as formal as possible. Archaic (pre-typewriter) Dutch customs require the sender's address to ...
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Avoiding jumping frames in beamer

Sometimes I want an element on a frame to change in steps. I do this by \only<2>{ ... } \only<3>{ ... } etc. But this causes the frame to jump due to different sizes of the ...
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What are good sites to find citations in BibTex format?

When working with Bibtex, manually transferring the citation information for articles, prooceedings, books, etc. can be a tedious work. Some web sites provide citations in Bibtex format. What are your ...
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How can I make an enumerate list start at something other than 1?

Sometimes, I want to have enumerate lists in LaTeX start at other than the first value (1, a, i, etc.) How can I make an enumerate list start at an arbitrary value?
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Why are some pages in my PDF coming out bold? [duplicate]

When I run my LaTeX document through pdflatex, some of the pages (the ones where figures appear) have all the text bolded. Why, and what can I do to make it stop?
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What are underfull hboxes and vboxes and how can I get rid of them?

Often, TeX outputs underfull hbox and vbox warnings when running and in the generated log file. What are these and how can I get rid of them?
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How can I make a table that takes up more than a single page?

I've got data that I need to include in a table, but there's a lot if it. I've played with the font size and table formatting as much as I can, but the table still won't fit on the page. Is there ...
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Embedding LaTeX equations into a webpage

I'd like to include some basic math equations into a webpage. Is there an easy way of either compiling the LaTeX into an image which I can upload, or else of having the browser parse the code?
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How do I create pasting diagrams in TikZ?

I've been toying with the idea of switching over from Xy-pic to TikZ for all of my diagramming needs, but one feature that's very important to me is the ability to create 2-categorical pasting ...
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How to create luatex.fmt

I wanted to try the latest version of LuaTeX, so I downloaded the official precompiled binaries but these raw binaries are useless without a luatex.fmt. How can this file be created?
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Can one "manually override" BibTeX's choice of citation keys by adding a field to the entry?

Normally, I'm basically OK with BibTeX's choice of citation key (by which I mean, the short symbol it shows in the final document, like [2] or [Hil05], not the one one types in the tex file), but ...
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Tool for cleaning LaTeX code [duplicate]

Is there something like indent for LaTeX? I have a collaborator that is using Scientific Workplace and the code it produces is totally messed up; I know I shouldn't expect miracles, but any machine ...
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?
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Is there a makefile system for LaTeX, etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for automating document compilation How do I handle building complicated and large LaTeX projects? Is there a makefile system (like GNU Make) or should I just write my ...
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LaTeX template for resume/curriculum vitae

If you have a TeX'ed resume, did you use a template or make your own? Are there any useful packages? What looks the most professional? How about special considerations for different areas of work (e.g....
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How to make a standard preamble into a package

I have a preamble that I copy and paste into nearly all of my documents. Is there a nice way to turn this into a package than I can use? I would prefer to do this in a way that doesn't depend on my ...
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Which document class is being used?

Is there a way to programmatically determine which document class is in effect? I'd like to be able to write conditional macros that behave differently depending on which document class is currently ...
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Need macro to ignore specific even-numbered inputs

My document consists (among other things) of blocks that look like this: \begin{Solution}{6.7.8,1.2.3} ... \end{Solution} or \begin{Solution}{,1.2.3} ... \end{Solution} I would like to define ...
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What is a simple example of something you can do with LuaTeX?

I've heard that with LuaTeX, you can embed Lua code in your document that work directly with TeX internals, making it possible to do several things that are hard to do with macros. What is a good ...
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Which manuals are on your "TeX Reference" shelf?

This is a community wiki since there is no "one true answer"- if you find an answer that contains a lot of your choices, but is missing something you feel is incredibly useful. Feel free to add it. ...
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to get ...
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Where can I find computer modern fonts for use in other programs, e.g. Adobe Illustrator?

For some complicated diagrams, I need to use something like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, and would like to include nicely typeset labels. (I'm aware of post-processing solutions, such as pinlabel.) ...
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