# 2015-10-10

### LaTeX tips

I’ve been writing some material in LaTeX recently. Months pass between my uses of LaTeX so I tend to forgot a lot of what I need to make it work for typesetting equations.

#### Table of contents using tocloft

The default table of contents is pretty bland. The indentation doesn’t look right to me. This question led me to the solution, tocloft which provides a means of controlling the typographic design of the Table of Contents, List of Figures, and List of Tables. The documentation is available.

#### Bracket and parenthesis size

Here’s a reference on the LaTeX markup for parenthesis and bracket sizes. I always forget how much manual control is needed for this kind of sizing when working with larger equations.

#### Showing subsections and below in ToC

I always forget to set the tocdepth and then wonder why the full section hierarchy doesn’t show up. Here’s how to do it:

#### Euler’s constant upright

Euler’s constant e is often written upright in math texts. There is no command in LaTeX for this constant. It was ‘\me’ but it’s deprecated. Now, you can use \mathrm{e} for an upright Euler’s constant.

#### Syntax highlighting in TexShop

This isn’t so much about LaTeX as it is about working in the TexShop editor. Here’s a way of changing the syntax highlighting using AppleScript.