Welcome to the UK List of
TeX Frequently Asked Questions
This is a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for
English-speaking users of TeX.
The questions answered here cover a wide range of topics, but
typesetting issues are mostly covered from the viewpoint of a LaTeX
user. Some of the questions answered have little relevance to today’s
users; this is inevitable — it’s easier to add information than it
is to decide that information is no longer needed. The set of
answered questions is therefore in a state of slow flux: new questions
are answered, while old questions are deleted … but the whole
process depends on the time available for FAQ maintenance.
You may use the FAQ
The source of the FAQ, available in the
FAQ’s ctan directory, and its derived
representations (currently, the HTML found at
http://www.tex.ac.uk/faq and PDF copies, also in the
FAQ’s ctan directory) are all placed in the
Almost all files suggested in any answer in these FAQs are
available from ctan archives, and may be
reached via links in the file list at the end of the answer. In
particular, documentation (when available) is linked from the
ctan Catalogue entry, which is also listed in the file list.
Unless doing so is unavoidable, the answers do not mention things that
are not on the ctan archives. An obvious exception is web
resources such as supplementary documents, etc.
The FAQ was originated by the Committee of the UK
TeX Users’ Group (UK TUG), in 1994, as a development of a
regular posting to the Usenet newsgroup
comp.text.tex that was maintained for some time by Bobby
Bodenheimer. The first UK version was much re-arranged and
corrected from the original, and little of Bodenheimer’s work now
- by reading a printed document,
- by viewing a PDF file, with hyperlinks to assist
browsing: copies are available formatted so that they could be
printed on A4 paper or on
North American “letter” paper, or
- via Scott Pakin’s Visual FAQ, which shows
LaTeX constructions with links to FAQ explanations of how
they may be created.
Documentation and Help
Bits and pieces of (La)TeX
Acquiring the Software
DVI Drivers and Previewers
Support Packages for TeX
Installing (La)TeX files
Adobe Type 1 (“PostScript”) fonts
Macros for using fonts
Particular font families
Hypertext and PDF
Bibliographies and citations
Manipulating whole bibliographies
Adjusting the typesetting
Alternative document classes
Spacing of characters and lines
Tables of contents and indexes
Labels and references
How do I do…?
Tables, figures and diagrams
Floating tables, figures, etc.
Odds and ends
“Generic” macros and techniques
LaTeX macro tools and techniques
LaTeX macro programming
Things are Going Wrong…
Getting things to fit
Making things stay where you want them
Things have “gone away”
Why does it do that?
Why shouldn’t I?
The joy of TeX errors
Current TeX-related projects
You’re still stuck?
Comments, suggestions, or error reports? -- see
"Improving the FAQ" or
"Extending the FAQ".
This is FAQ version 3.28, last modified on 2014-06-10. The server is sponsored by DANTE e.V.: The German speaking TeX Users Group. The server is maintained by Stefan Kottwitz.