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How to Use LaTeX

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

TeX Distributions and LaTeX Editors

Using LaTeX requires a TeX distribution, which enables the compiling of .tex files into readable documents, and a text editor to create the .tex file itself.

TeX Distributions

Choose your operating system and download the appropriate TeX version below:

Browser-Based LaTeX

Because of the sheer volume of packages available for LaTeX and difficulties translating them to an HTML environment, browser-based options are less flexible but more accessible, with the added benefit that they allow collaboration on documents.

LaTeX Editors

Many freely-available LaTeX editors are available. An extensive list of editors is linked to below along with a few specific suggestions.

Note that free text editors, such as SublimeText or NotePad++, often include preset .tex  formatting.