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# 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: