[EXT] how to start tex program to write first program

Tomas Rokicki rokicki at gmail.com
Mon Mar 9 03:17:17 CET 2020

Comments in LaTeX start with a %, not a #.   -tom

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 3:39 PM John C Frain <frainj at gmail.com> wrote:

> 0I presume that you are working on MS Windows.  In my experience, many
> Windows experience problems such as those that you have encountered when
> they start to use LaTeX.  The template that you have obtained can produce
> some very nice output.  When you expand your zip (preserve directories if
> offered this option) you will find a file thesis.pdf.  Print (or view) this
> with a pdf viewer to get a view of what the "template" can produce.
> A first step in learning to use Latex would be to try to reproduce this
> pdf yourself. Someone in your College or in your IT Department has set up a
> very nice template to produce papers etc. using LaTeX.  Your first call
> might be to see if you can contact one of those persons.  Surely someone
> else (student or staff) in your Department has used the template and could
> provide you with some assistance in this task.  I have started many
> economists by providing them with a template and showing them how to
> proceed.  It should be possible to accomplish this is 15 - 30 minutes.  I
> have a set of notes that I distribute on such occasions. These can be
> downloaded from https://ideas.repec.org/e/pfr62.html .   I recommend
> TexStudio (https://www.texstudio.org/) as an editor for and interface to
> Latex.  I think that Windows users would be more comfortable with Texstudio
> than with other such programs. If you accept the defaults when installing
> tex and texstudio then there is no need to configure it at this stage.  You
> may ar a later stage need to configure your language (dictionary for spell
> check) but you can put this off till later.  The default compiler is
> pdflatex which produces a pdf file directly from your tex file
> The file thesis.tex is the main file that you will start editing.  It is
> well worth examining. Any line that starts with an # is a comment and will
> be ignored by the pdflatex compiler.  The first part of the program - that
> between the document class statement and the \begin{document) statement
> contains the late options that are passed to the pdflatex program.  The
> part between the \begin{doument) and the \end{document} statement contains
> the text, equations, tables, graphs, etc in the document.
> In the document, you will see instructions such as
> \input{texfiles/Chapter1}
> When thesis.tex is processed by pdflatex the contents of "Chapter1.tex" in
> the subdirectory "texfiles" of the working directory are read as if they
> were in thesis.tex at that point.  It is good practice to include the
> chapters in separate files.
> Now delete thesis.pdf, open texstudio, load thesis.tex, Under options set
> thesis.tex as root document.  There is a double triangle on its side (Build
> and view F5).  Click on this tool and you should recreate the pdf file.
> (I have compiled thesis.tex on Linux on this Laptop.  Linux is case
> sensitive and there are case mismatches between thesis.tex and the files in
> the template.  this would incline me to think that the template was
> designed on Windows.  This should make it easier for you to obtain help
> locally
> Best of Luck.  If you persevere you will find Latex very useful.
> John
> John C Frain
> 3 Aranleigh Park
> Rathfarnham
> Dublin 14
> Ireland
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> mailto:frainj at gmail.com
> On Sat, 7 Mar 2020 at 18:38, political science <tapas.abhitech at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Sat, 7 Mar 2020 at 23:18, Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:
>>> political science wrote:
>>> I installed tex, approximately 6 gb was downloaded.
>>> I read http://ctan.imsc.res.in/info/first-latex-doc/first-latex-doc.pdf
>>> what I am not able to understand among the folders  in a directory
>>> C:\texlive\2019
>>> which icon should I double click so that program starts and I start
>>> writing some
>>> thing.
>>> Below "C:\texlive\2019", you should find "bin\win32", within which you
>>> should find "TeXworks.exe".  Launch this (by double-clicking), and a TeX
>>> editor will load; you can then type your first TeX program into its main
>>> window :
>>> Many thanks, I was looking for this information only.
>> I have been given a template by department
>> how can I use the template which has been given to me as zip to be used
>> in this kind of scenario.

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