[OS X TeX] Newbie Question: Where do I put . . .

Hamner, Jesse Harrison jhamner at emory.edu
Thu May 8 14:34:42 EDT 2008

Hi Randy,

Welcome to LaTeX; it's a rewarding journey.

First up -- you may already have those packages you want to use installed.
MacTeX has a very long list of included packages, though one or two I use
are not included.

Best resource for a newbie is the Not-so-short introduction to LaTeX,
commonly called "lshort". It's available on the TUG website:


At first, I find it's good to let users trust the built-in formatting and
then begin to slowly make changes, one at a time. Get comfortable first, and
then start hacking \emph{one thing at a time}.

Best of luck.


On 5/8/08 1:54 PM, "Randy Scott" <scott_randy at sccollege.edu> wrote:

> Good morning,
> I'm just beginning to explore the TeX world and I hope someone on this list
> can give a quick answer to some basic questions.
> I installed the MacTex-2007 distribution from the TUG on both my G5 Mac at
> work and Intel iMac at home. I've been working through a bunch of tutorials
> I found on the web and have a good idea of how to format mathematics as I
> wish, but only a little bit of knowledge of text, and in particular
> document, formatting.
> I do understand (barely) about the built in documentclass (though I wish I
> had a clear exposition of what each style produces . . . can anyone
> recommend a resource?)
> I have found a couple of packages that I'd like to use, and this leads to my
> question:  Where do I put the files that I've downloaded so that texmaker or
> TeXShop will find them?
> Thanks for your help!
> Randy Scott
> Santiago Canyon College
> Orange, CA

Jesse Hamner
Coordinator, Social Sciences Computing Center
Centers For Educational Technology
Emory University
404.727.6929 (o)
404.727.4586 (f)
jhamner at emory.edu

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