Select libraries are now open to Wayne State students, faculty and staff. See what services we're offering online and in person

How to Use LaTeX

A guide for installing and using the typesetting program $$\LaTeX$$.

What is $$\LaTeX$$?

$$\LaTeX$$ (usually typeset LaTeX and pronounced lay-tek or lah-tek) is free and open-source document markup language built on another typesetting system called $$\TeX$$. LaTeX was created with the intention of simplifying the creation of attractively-formatted books and other documents, especially books that contain a lot of mathematics.

How can I Use LaTeX?

Making a document using LaTeX follows these general steps: