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Chapter 2: Commands

A LaTeX command begins with the command name, which consists of a \ followed by either (a) a string of letters or (b) a single non-letter. Arguments contained in square brackets, [], are optional while arguments contained in braces, {}, are required.

NOTE: LaTeX is case sensitive. Enter all commands in lower case unless explicitly directed to do otherwise.

  • Counters Internal counters used by LaTeX.
  • Cross References Automatic referencing.
  • Definitions Define your own commands etc.
  • Document Classes Some of the various classes available.
  • Environments Such as enumerate & itemize.
  • Footnotes How to produce footnotes.
  • Layout Controlling the page layout.
  • Lengths The length commands.
  • Letters The letter class.
  • Line & Page Breaking How to insert pagebreaks etc.
  • Making Paragraphs Paragraph commands.
  • Margin Notes Putting remarks in the margin.
  • Math Formulae How to create mathematical formulae.
  • Modes Paragraph, Math or LR modes.
  • Page Styles Various styles of page layout.
  • Sectioning How to section properly.
  • Spaces & Boxes All the associated commands.
  • Special Characters Special reserved characters.
  • Splitting the Input Dealing with big files by splitting.
  • Starting & Ending The formal start & end layouts.
  • Table of Contents How to create a table of contents.
  • Terminal Input/Output User interaction.
  • Typefaces Such as bold, italics etc.