LaTeX Quick Start

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LaTeX Quick Start


A practical introduction to LaTeX for new users, or those who want to refresh their skills. Each topic is presented as a hands-on project. This guide may be used with PCTeX or any LaTeX editor.

140 pages, spiral-bound, includes PCTeX CD

ISBN: 0-9631044-4-6, ISBN-13: 978-0-9631044-4-1

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Create professional looking articles, books, and slide presentations using LaTeX! The hands-on projects included with this easy-to-use guide teach you how to use LaTeX markup to create complete documents. Some projects are:

  • Your first article — includes a title, author, abstract, sections, math, graphics, and references.
  • Your first presentation — creates a PDF file with a title slide, contents slide, and slides with math, bullet points, and graphics.
  • Writing a math article — shows how to format theorems, proofs, displayed math, graphics, and references.

You will learn step-by-step how to:

  • Insert graphics into your document
  • Type mathematics
  • Compose tables and figures
  • Create a bibliography and index
  • Find and fix markup errors

... and much more.

Included with LaTeX Quick Start: document files, videos, and a CD-ROM with a free trial version of PCTeX.

Installing the LQS project files

If you are using the latest version of PCTeX, you can find all the projects at Help..LaTeX Quick Start. Select the project you want and begin working.

If you are not using the latest version of PCTeX, install the project files as follows:

1. Download the LaTeX Quick Start project files (

2. Unzip the file. It will create a folder called LaTeXQuickStart.

3. Download a sample of the LaTeX Quick Start guide (


  1. Frequently Asked Questions for AMS Authors (
  2. Mark Fonstad, William Pugatch, and Brandon Vogt, Kansas Is Flatter Than a Pancake, 2003. (
  3. George Grätzer, More Math Into LaTeX, 4th ed., Springer, 2007.
  4. Jabref reference manager (BiBTeX) (
  5. Palle Jørgensen, The Latex Font Catalogue, 2007 (
  6. L. Christine Kinsey, Topology of Surfaces, Springer, 1993.
  7. Donald E. Knuth, The TeXbook, Addison-Wesley, 1986.
  8. Helmut Kopka and Patrick W. Daly, A Guide to LaTeX, 4th ed., Addison-Wesley, 2003.
  9. Leslie Lamport, LaTeX: A Document Preparation System, 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley, 1994.
  10. LaTeX project site (
  11. Resources for MAA authors (
  12. Frank Mittlebach and Michel Goosens, The LaTeX Companion, 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2004.
  13. PCTeX web site (
  14. M. D. Spivak, The Joy of TeX, 2nd ed., American Mathematical Society, 1990.
  15. Till Tantau, The beamer class, Manual for version 3.07 (
  16. Boris Veytsman, Design of presentations: Notes on principles and TeX implementation (
  17. Michael J. Wichura, The Table Manual, Personal TeX, Inc., 1988.

References for Short Order Mathematics

  1. L. Christine Kinsey, Topology of Surfaces, Springer, 1993.
  2. Donald E. Knuth, On Generalizations of The Ham-Sandwich Theorem,, CSAIL talk at MIT.
  3. Francis E. Su, Ham Sandwich Theorem,, Mudd Math Fun Facts.

Errata in First Edition, September 2009

Page 26, bottom, "Figure Figure 3.1" --> "Figure 3.1"

Page 71, bottom, "figure Figure 7.3" --> "Figure 7.3"

Page 72, middle, "figure Figure 7.4" --> "Figure 7.4"

Page 73, bottom, "figure Figure 7.5" --> "Figure 7.5"

Page 74, bottom, "figure Figure 7.6" --> "Figure 7.6"

Page 76, near "\ref{key}": "\ref{th:Borsuk-Ulam}+" --> "\ref{th:Borsuk-Ulam}"

Page 101, end of second paragraph: "see See" --> "see"

Page 110, near "\ref{key}": "\ref{th:Borsuk-Ulam}+" --> "\ref{th:Borsuk-Ulam}"

Page 114, all markup commands from \tiny{tiny} through \Huge{Huge} -->

replace each with {\tiny tiny} ... {\Huge Huge}

Last page, should be numbered "136".