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  • Install LaTeX and use the TeXworks editor to compile documents
  • Design the page layout; create dynamic headers and footers
  • Fine-tune appearances and the space of words, symbols, and lines
  • Apply intelligent justification and customized hyphenation to achieve fine text design
  • Typeset professional-looking tables and create bulleted and enumerated lists
  • Write sophisticated math formulas, from in-text expressions to complex multi-line equations with various alignments
  • Cross-reference objects such as figures, tables, and equations
  • Load fonts and vary their shape and style; choose between thousands of LaTeX symbols from specialized fonts
  • Use macros to save time and effort; load packages to extend LaTeX's capabilities
  • Generate an index, cite books, and create bibliographies
  • Use external pictures, color, PDF bookmarks, and hyperlinks
  • Structure and manage large documents by splitting the input
  • Manage large documents containing lists, index, and bibliography

LaTeX is high-quality Open Source typesetting software that produces professional prints and PDF files. However, as LaTeX is a powerful and complex tool, getting started can be intimidating. There is no official support and certain aspects such as layout modifications can seem rather complicated. It may seem more straightforward to use Word or other WYSIWG programs, but once you've become acquainted, LaTeX's capabilities far outweigh any initial difficulties. This book guides you through these challenges and makes beginning with LaTeX easy. If you are writing Mathematical, Scientific, or Business papers, or have a thesis to write, then this is the perfect book for you.

LaTeX Beginner's Guide offers you a practical introduction to LaTeX with plenty of step-by-step examples. Beginning with the installation and basic usage, you will learn to typeset documents containing tables, figures, formulas, and common book elements like bibliographies, glossaries, and indexes and go on to managing complex documents and using modern PDF features. It's easy to use LaTeX, when you have LaTeX Beginner's Guide to hand.

This practical book will guide you through the essential steps of LaTeX, from installing LaTeX, formatting, and justification to page design. Right from the beginning, you will learn to use macros and styles to maintain a consistent document structure while saving typing work. You will learn to fine-tune text and page layout, create professional looking tables as well as include figures and write complex mathematical formulas. You will see how to generate bibliographies and indexes with ease. Finally you will learn how to manage complex documents and how to benefit from modern PDF features. Detailed information about online resources like software archives, web forums, and online compilers completes this introductory guide. It's easy to use LaTeX, when you have LaTeX Beginner's Guide to hand.

  • Use LaTeX's powerful features to produce professionally designed texts
  • Install LaTeX; download, set up, and use additional styles, templates, and tools
  • Typeset math formulas and scientific expressions to the highest standards
  • Include graphics and work with figures and tables
  • Benefit from professional fonts and modern PDF features
Page Count 336
Course Length 10 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781847199867
Date Of Publication 21 Mar 2011
Understanding logical formatting
Time for action – titling your document
How LaTeX reads your input
Time for action – trying out the effect of spaces, line breaks, and empty lines
Time for action – writing special characters in our text
Formatting text – fonts, shapes, and styles
Time for action – tuning the font shape
Time for action – switching to sans-serif and to typewriter fonts
Time for action – switching the font family
Time for action – exploring grouping by braces
Time for action – exploring font sizes
Time for action – using an environment to adjust the font size
Saving time and effort – creating your own commands
Time for action – creating our first command using it as anabbreviation
Time for action – adding intelligent spacing to command output
Time for action – creating a macro for formatting keywords
Time for action – marking keywords with optional formatting
Using boxes to limit the width of paragraphs
Time for action – creating a narrow text column
Time for action – using the minipage environment
Breaking lines and paragraphs
Time for action – stating division points for words
Time for action – using microtype
Time for action – using line breaks
Exploring the fine details
Time for action – exploring ligatures
Time for action – using differently spaced dots
Time for action – comparing dots to ellipsis
Time for action – experimenting with accents
Time for action – using accents directly
Turning off full justification
Time for action – justifying a paragraph to the left
Time for action – centering a title
Time for action – centering verses
Displaying quotes
Time for action – quoting a scientist
Time for action – quoting TeX's benefits
Time for action – spacing between paragraphs instead of indentation


Stefan Kottwitz

Stefan Kottwitz studied mathematics in Jena and Hamburg. He worked as an IT administrator and communication officer onboard cruise ships for AIDA Cruises and for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Following 10 years of sailing around the world, he worked for the next few years specializing in network infrastructure and IT security. In 2014, he became a consultant for Lufthansa Systems. Currently, he works for Lufthansa Industry Solutions and designs and implements networks for new cruise ships.

In between contracts, he worked as a freelance programmer and typography designer. For many years, he has been providing LaTeX support on online forums. He maintains the web forums and, the TeX gallery site, the Q&A sites and, the service and the server for the UK TeX FAQ. He is a moderator of the TeX Stack Exchange site and on

He publishes ideas and news from the TeX world on his personal blog at

Before this book, he authored LaTeX Beginner's Guide, by Packt Publishing in 2011.