L A T E X Help

L A T E X is a typesetting language that is particularly well suited to typing and publishing mathematics. The Math Department maintains an installation of LATEX2eLATEX2e on all departmentally owned systems.

Learning LATEX

An excellent resource for L A T E X information, examples and documentation is available in the form of a WikiBooks. If you are new to L A T E X  or have questions about how to accomplish a specific task please check out the WikiBook here.

Another good resource for L A T E X information is TeXample.net.

For and introduction on how to use L A T E X on one of the Department of Mathematics computers see the L A T E X FAQ page.

Installation on Personal Computers

LATEX is free and has been is available for all major computing platforms. To install L A T E X on your personal computer simply follow the instructions below for your operating system:

Mac OS X

The easiest way to install LATEX on Mac OS X is to use the MacTeX installer, available here.


The download is fairly large (~2 GB) and may take some time depending on the speed of your internet connection. Once the download has completed simply double click the MacTeX.pkg file and follow the on-screen insturctions. After installation a number of TEXTEX related applications will be available in Applications -> TeX.


Installation on Linux systems will vary depending on the distribution you are using. Many distributions include pre-packaged versions of LATEXLATEX, consult your distribution documentation.

If your distribution does not contain the most recent copy of L A T E X Live installer. Details can be found here.


Windows users can install MiKTeX using the installers linked below. Installers are available for both 32- and 64-bit systems:

32-bit http://ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/windows/miktex/setup/setup.exe
64-bit http://ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/windows/miktex/setup/setup-x64.exe

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Using Math

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