Setup and Tutorial for Using LaTeX with TeXShop/BasicTeX. Introduction – WARNING: I DON’T USE MACS, SO I’M NOT SURE IF THIS’LL WORK. J. Here is a quick “tutorial” for getting started with LaTeX. For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to assume that you’re using TeXShop in one of. This tutorial will go through the steps required to start writing scientific reports with LATEX Other TEX editors like TeXmacs and TeXshop, for macintosh, exist.

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Un-comment line tuhorial i. This should take you to a folder containing the file “BasicTeX If you want to have an un-numbered list with bullets, replace both instances of enumerate with itemize. Try typesetting the following code, which contains an error: You are commenting using your Facebook account. However, I much prefer that graphics be encapsulated in a figure.

LaTeX Setup and Tutorial

Email required Address never made public. Take a look at the template for reports for more code to play with. If you want these features, you can always download Texmaker for Macs and use that.

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Do this, and then compile again, and you should not get any errors.

Do not confuse a curly brace with a round brace, do not confuse forward slash with backslash, etc. Consider this the first test of your logical thinking abilities! Notice the different quotes I used: Here is some more code with math that you should try out: Rather than get a nice pdf, you should get this: LaTeX is telling you that it made it as far as line 17 of your code, tutoriwl which point it found an error.

Getting Started with LaTeX

It can be helpful to work backwards when looking for an error. Downloading and installing TeXShop Go to http: Perhaps the middle of your document looks like this:. The cosine function take special code.

I like big parentheses: It kactex ease the LaTeX editing and compiling process.

This will create an icon called ” TeXShop ” in the same place. Please see the template for reports for an example.

LaTeX Setup and Tutorial

Save the file in a convenient place as “helloworld. Not only did you get an equation number, but the text refers to the equation number.


The dual-edged sword aspect of LaTeX is that the. If you want to print from a computer that does NOT have LaTeX installed or you want to send your file to someone who does not have LaTeX installed, but needs to see your beautiful typeset filelook in your working directory for your universe.

If this happens, contact the instructor for help. It doesn’t have the helpful buttons for bold, italics, math symbols, etc. ,actex started To start, open TeXShop.

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Now that we have an editor, we can fire up some LaTeX and get to your classic hello world program. There is an important corollary: In order to get a paragraph break in LaTeX, leave a blank line.

Suppose, for example, you wanted to include this image in your file: