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An Extremely Quick Starter on Latex.

An Extremely Quick Starter on Latex.

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A very short article I wrote for people like me who have no clue about computers, but would like to use latex. Describes how you download, install and use latex.
A very short article I wrote for people like me who have no clue about computers, but would like to use latex. Describes how you download, install and use latex.

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An Extremely Quick Starter on L
A
TEX.
October 18, 2009
I wrote this brief document to help people like myself who have verylittle knowledge about computers, but would like to use L
A
TEX. L
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TEXis adocument processor, something like Microsoft Word, but a whole lot awe-somer. It is specifically useful for those who want to type up technicaldocuments, e.g. mathematics documents, chemistry, physics, engineeringdocuments etc. that require special symbols. It would also be very usefulfor people writing books, articles and so on, as it gives you greater controlover document layout etc. Enough chit-chat!Firstly you need to get a L
A
TEXoperator on your machine. I recommendMiKTeX, the home page is: http://miktex.org/. Go to Download
MiK-TeX 2.8 and follow the instructions. I recommend MiKTeX because1. It is very simple to install.2. It downloads packages for you.I’ll explain the second point a bit later. Once you have downloaded MiKTeX,you need to install it on your machine. Once you have done that you need toget an interface; I recommend WinShell http://www.winshell.org/modules/wsdownload/. Download WinShell and then install it. If MiKTeX has beeninstalled already, Winshell will automatically find it. Now you have all thetools necessary to start using L
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TEX, congratulations! However, you stillneed to know how to use L
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TEX. The standard reference is
The Not SoShort Introduction to L
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X
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, available in your language of choice here:ftp://ftp.dante.de/tex-archive/info/lshort. After reading through that, youshould be ready to go! Once you’ve read that introduction you will noticethat L
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TEXdoes not come installed with all the packages you might want touse. If you have MiKTeX on your computer and you need a package, yousimply put the command
\
usepackage
{
package name
}
in the preamble of your document, and if you’re connected to the internet, MiKTeX downloadsand installs the package for you! No hustle and stress of trying to installpackages yourself!1

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