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How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?
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(Improved answer thanks to Bruno's help on his code) I've implemented some of the things I mentioned in my earlier answer, but I felt this was different enough to get a separate answer. Once again, ...

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Commenting out large sections
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The verbatim package provides a comment environment: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{verbatim} \begin{document} This text will be displayed \begin{comment} This text will not be displayed....

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How to disable automatic indentation on new paragraphs?
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The parskip package turns off the indentation and adds a little bit of (stretchable) space in between paragraphs. It might be an option if you don't mind the inter-paragraph spacing. Simply add \...

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How to strike through obliquely, e.g. to indicate cancellation?
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The cancel package seems to do exactly what you want: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{cancel} \begin{document} \( \cancel{2x} \) \( \cancel{1234567890} \) \end{document} If you're not ...

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What is best way to mention that a document has been typeset with TeX?
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TeXies have a good chance of recognizing TeXed documents, especially if Computer Modern (or Latin Modern) is used. But assuming you want to convert Word-users and other heathens, figuratively speaking,...

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How can I draw a horizontal line spanning only some of the table cells?
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Here's a solution using booktabs and getting rid of of the vertical rules, which leads to a prettier result imho. Have a look at the introduction of the booktabs documentation, which offers some ...

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Suppress Fancy header and footer on first page only.
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Put \thispagestyle{empty} at the beginning of your document. This will only affect the first page: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fancyhdr} \pagestyle{fancy} \fancyhf{} \fancyhead[L]{Top Left} ...

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Latex error. Unknown graphics extension: eps
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It seems you're using graphics in the .eps format. A relatively easy way of solving this problem is loading \usepackage{epstopdf} in your preamble and compiling with pdfLaTeX as usual. This will ...

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When and why should I use % !TEX TS-program and % !TEX encoding?
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Editors that understand % ! TeX directives E P R S TeXShop x x x x TeXStudio x x x x TextMate ? x x ? TeXworks x x x x SublimeText o x x x Atom o x x o ...

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Latin Modern vs cm-super?
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If you're saying "Meh, all these differences don't really seem to matter to me", here's something that might be relevant for you, especially if you're writing in German: cm-super's sharp s ⟨ß⟩ is ...

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Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends
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Christoph Bier's typokurz is beautiful and useful; it's a 15-page guide to (German) (micro)typography in a nutshell. While it's just an article lengthwise (scrartcl, to be precise), it masterfully ...

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"References" section in a CV
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Using bits and pieces from moderncv.cls, I put together and new entry type \cvdoublecolumn and a macro \cvreference. They will allow you to typeset your references like in your example, using the CV ...

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biblatex in a nutshell (for beginners)
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Section 1 of the biblatex documentation, which you're referring to, reads: This document is a systematic reference manual for the biblatex package. Look at the sample documents which ship with ...

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\hspace is not working after \newline command
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What your code does From the unofficial LaTeX reference manual, sec. 20.1: LaTeX normally removes horizontal space that comes at the beginning or end of a line. To preserve this space, use the ...

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What's the difference between ngerman and german in babel?
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As has been said before, german is Alte Rechtschreibung (= "right-writing" = orthography = "right-writing"), ngerman is Neue Rechtschreibung. The part that's really relevant is hyphenation, because ...

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What to download, proTeXt or MiKTeX?
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Update: The current proTeXt actually contains TeXstudio as an editor, and not TeXnicCenter anymore, but that information hasn't even reached all of their own web sites yet. proTeXt is a bundle that ...

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Automatically change é to \'e – most convenient setup for accented letters?
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With the following setup, you can just type these characters normally, and the copy-paste text in the pdf (the OCR layer) will be correct, too. Your source .tex document should be encoded in UTF8, of ...

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How do I typeset arbitrary fractions like the standard symbol for .5 = ½?
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If you're using XeTeX or LuaTeX with fontspec, you might be using a font that has the OpenType feature frac, which might either be limited to a certain number of fixed fractions (e.g. Junicode), or it ...

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Strikeout - when which package ? ( ulem vs soul vs ...)
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cancel is intended for indicating mathematic cancellation, and consequently only works in math mode; it also strikes out diagnoally. soul and ulem seem pretty similar. One basic semantic difference ...

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What are the finishing touches you put to a document?
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(Updated answer including information from the comments) Remove unwanted ligatures. (Standard LaTeX ligatures are ff, fl, fi, ffl and ffi.). babel offers the shorthand "|, which you can insert in ...

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How do I put an image on the left of right-aligned text
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Use two minipages next to each other: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[pass,showframe]{geometry}% just to show the page margins \usepackage[demo]{graphicx}% remove demo option in actual ...

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Smileys in LaTeX
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bclogo offers these: (from the manual) This, however, doesn't work with pdfTeX because the package uses pstricks. Generally, I recommend you look for some smileys that you like on the web and then ...

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Can I use latexmk -C for cleaning up only, and compile with another tool?
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Yes, you can use latexmk -C (or -c) just to clean up auxiliary files. By default, -c cleans up the following files types: @generated_exts = ( 'aux', 'bcf', 'fls', 'idx', 'ind', 'lof', 'lot', ...

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Hand written fonts in LaTeX/XeTeX/LuaTeX
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All this information is right there on The LaTeX Font Catalogue: Calligraphical and Handwritten fonts. For every font, there is an explanation how to use it. Hence, I don't think we need to maintain a ...

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Writing a negative number in text mode: $-$9 or $-9$?
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Option C \documentclass{article} \usepackage{textcomp} \begin{document} \textminus 9 \end{document} This produces a legit minus sign.

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Frequently loaded packages: Differences between XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX
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While I’m no expert in either XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX, I’ve used both a bit, so I’ll try to write up some things that I’ve noticed in the “front-end” superficial user level. fontspec ... is the standard ...

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Symbol or dingbat of a calculator?
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There are three different calculator symbols available at The Noun Project: Calculator symbols by The Noun Project and Scott Lewis, from The Noun Project. The first two are published under Creative ...

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Change from MiKTeX to TeX Live
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When you compile a document foo.tex with, say, pdflatex through Texmaker, what happens “internally” is that in foo.tex’s directory, pdflatex foo.tex (probably with a few options) is called, as if on ...

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Creating Boxed Check Mark
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If you just want to get the checkmark in a box and don't specifically need to create it yourself, there are two symbols listed in The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List that you could use: \...

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Put entire thesis on one A0 poster?
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You could adapt the LaTeX source of the thesis to typeset it on A0 paper in four columns, each of which has the width of one A4 sheet. For better typesetting, i.e. a smaller number of characters per ...

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