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How to Set Up TeX on Your Own Machine
(PDF) Professor Glover's guide for setting up TeX.
(PDF) Professor Glover's get started guide. Includes environments, equations, arrays, tables, troubleshooting, quotations, and references.
Tex Example File
(Tex) When compiled correctly this file will generate LearnLaTex.pdf
Thanks to Mark Herman and Dr. Rebecca Glover for links and guides.
For More Resources, see Tyler Dzuba's guide on LaTeX.
Reference managers that work well with LaTex
One of your most user-friendly options. Especially good if you're dealing mostly with electronic articles that you download from library databases. Will automatically keep a BibTeX file in sync with your database, and sync across multiple computers and a web interface.
Java-based cross-platform option. Designed specifically to manage BibTeX. Hugely customizable. Less user-friendly, but more direct control over your BibTeX.
Mac OS X only. More user-friendly way to directly manage your BibTeX files.
Install LaTeX for Mac OS X
For Mac OS X, MacTeX is the de facto standard. You can download the distribution package here: https://www.tug.org/mactex/
This will install a number of things in your /Applications/TeX folder, including a text editor called TeXShop, and a package manager called TeX Live Utility. First, we'll get your packages up to date.
Open TeX Live Utility (/Applications/TeX/TeX Live Utility.app) and let it analyze what packages you have and what updates are available. Once it displays a list of packages, navigate in the menus to Actions > Update All Packages. Once it's done, you can quit TeX Live Utility.
Install LaTeX for Windows
For Windows, Tyler recommend using the MiKTeX distribution of LaTeX. To install, follow the directions below or directly from the MiKTeX website:
- Go to http://miktex.org/download and select the Basic MiKTeX Installer.
- Run the installation program. During the installer, you will need to select your preferred paper size. Select Letter. You can always switch to A4 as needed for non-US printers. The other default options are fine.
- Once the installer is complete, you can close it. Now, you'll need to let MiKTeX check for any updated packages that have happened since the installer package was produced.
- Go to Start > All Programs > MiKTeX 2.9 > Maintenance > Update.
- All the default options are fine. Click Next to let MiKTeX check for any updates. If there are, select all the boxes and click Next. Once done, click Next and exit the wizard as the prompt indicated.
Once you've done that, you should have a working LaTeX installation. MiKTeX comes with a text editor that makes typesetting LaTeX documents super easy.