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# How to Use LaTeX

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

## What is $$\LaTeX$$?

$$\LaTeX$$ (usually typeset as LaTeX) is a document markup language based on the TeX typesetting system. 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. LaTeX is available free of charge.

Though TeX (and by extension, LaTeX) is a code-based system, many available editors provide an interface that allows users to bypass the need to memorize code.

Using LaTeX follows these general steps: