Frequently Asked Question List for TeX


This is a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for English-speaking users of TeX. The information is maintained by a group of “curators”, with contributions from a very wide range of people over many years.

The questions answered here cover a wide range of topics, but typesetting issues are mostly covered from the viewpoint of a LaTeX user.

It’s easier to add information than it is to decide that information is no longer needed: questions are therefore not deleted but are “retired” (removed from the main index) over time.

Referencing the FAQ

The preferred URL for the FAQ is

The previous canonical URL of
no longer works and should not be used.

To reference a specific question the preferred form is
with FAQ in upper case and the question ID as given on the relevant page.

There are no redirects enabled on the hosting site, however if your client supports JavaScript and HTML redirects then other forms differing by case will also work such as
For compatibility with exiting references to the FAQ, the form
may also be used, to ease in conversion from the previous URL
but this again relies on the client supporting JavaScript in the new hosting arrangement and is just intended to support existing references that link to the site.

Source Code

The source code is on GitHub, please see CONTRIBUTING and LICENSE for details.

Recent Changes are listed in the Change Log.


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