LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication
of scientific documents.
Getting started with LaTex
If you already have an Overleaf account, then you can go to the next step.
If you do not have an Overleaf account, then
register for a (free) Overleaf account by going to
Follow the register instructions (just need email address and password)
and you will be taken to a webpage that looks like:
Select "Create First Project" and, from the pull down window,
select "Example Project".
You should now see the (fancy) Example Project, which should look like
On the top bar of Overleaf (note: not top bar of my web brower)
there is an icon that looks like
a house (this icon sits right after the icon for "Menu").
Click on the "house icon" (next to "Menu")
and you will be taken to your Overleaf's "homepage",
which hencefore is where you will be taken when you log into
your Overlead account. Your homepage will list (and have links to) all
the projects you create in your Overleaf account.
- Next view the 2 minute video at
Writing a basic LaTeX document with overleaf.
You should understand the first minute of the video
(0:00-1:02). For the part after 1:02 (when he is
typing stuff such as \documentclass) just try to
get the idea of how to (re)compile a document. The HW LaTeX template
which I provide will elimate your need to type at this point but
you will have to be able to compile the template I provide you.
- Log into your Overleaf account at
- Select the New Project icon
(left column tool bar with green background),
and then from the drop down selction chose Blank Project.
A window should pop up asking you to name your "New Project".
Name your New Project, e.g.:
or even better, something more descriptive such as,
if you are doing from Ch. 1, Section 2, Exercise 3,
then call your project ER1.2.3.
Then click the Create icon
(botton right with green background).
Your new project will pop up and look similar to the video for Step 1.
You should see 3 columns: main.tex, Source, and Recompile.
If needed, adjust your 3 columns widths so that you see all 3 columns.
You might just want to make your brower window wider.
The course homepage Homework page provides
Below are further instruction on the down/up-loading.
There are several ways of doing this down/up-loading and what works for you will
depend on, e.g.:
which type of computer you use,
how you have your computer set up,
which web browser you are using.
If you are having troubles with the Chrome web browser,
then try the Firefox web browser.
Different ways are given below and are also illustrated on
Downloading from course homework page to your computer.
Note in both ways, on your computer,
the Latex file is never actually opened but is rather just saved.
- a PDF file (a file ending in .pdf, e.g. FileName.pdf),
which you (probably) can read/view on your computer by just
clicking on the PDF file (so you can easily see the statement of the problem
directly from the homework page)
which was produced by compiling the corresponding Latex file in Overleaf.
- a Latex templete (a Latex file ending in .tex, e.g. FileName.tex),
you proabaly will not be able to open (read/see) this
Latex (.tex) file on your computer
(don't worry, you don't need to)
which you should download the .tex file from the HW page to your computer
(further instructions below)
and then upload the .tex file from your computer to your Overleaf project
(further instructions below).
On the course homework page,
left mouse click on the Latex file, which will (might) save it somewhere
on your computer (usually to the "Downloads" folder).
- Check your "Downloads" folder to see if the Latex file is there.
If you are using a a file manager , it might help to sort by "modified-or-time" rather than "Name".
Uploading from your computer to Overleaf.
Next upload, while in your NameWeGaveNewProject Overleaf project,
the template from your computer into your NameWeGaveNewProject
using Overleaf's upload icon
(a rectangle with an uparrow on over it located
on the top of the first column).
On the course homework page,
right mouse click on the Latex file
from the pull down menu that pops up, left mouse click
on "Save Link as ..."
- a file manager window pops up up allowing you to save the LaTex file (FileName.tex) to your computer in a folder of your choice.
On Overleaf, go to your project.
From the 2nd-from-the-top horizontial bar,
left click on the "upload" icon (has an uparrow above a filing box).
A pop-up window pops up. From the left column, under "Add Filed", using a left click select "Upload".
On the right column of this pop up window, there is a choice of two way: (just one one way):
"Drag here" (good if your file manager is already open)
"select from your computer" (will open your file manager for you).
On Overleaf's first column, left click to select the .tex file you just put into Overleaf.
In Overleaf's middle column, the Latex template your just uploaded should appear.
In Overleaf's last column's top bar, hit the green "(Re)-compile" button and the PDF file
correcsponding to the Latex file should appear.
It is highly suggested that after reading the problem in the PDF file,
you do the scratch work for the problem
(making a "scratch-work" form of an outline of your solution)
before you start working
in Overleaf to put your scratch work into a hand-in ready solution.
Now you are all set up to use Overleaf. Don't forget,
if so needed, click the Recompile icon. A neat Overleaf feature is
that if you double click (with left mouse key) at a place in the PDF file,
then Overleaf indicated to you the corresponging place in the TeX file.
This feature makes it easy to compare the PDF output to the LaTex input.
- When you finish your homework, you will need to download your HW's PDF file
from Overleaf to your computer.
To do this, from Overleaf
(with your complied HW showing in the third column)
download your homework to your computer
using the download icon (a rectangle with an downarrow on over it)
on the top of the third (Recompile) column.
The downloaded file will be named
In class, hand in the PDF file of your (completed) exercise.
You do NOT hand in the Latex file.
- You need to use the provided Latex template's formating.
- Don't forget there are Latex Resources
on the course homepage for additional Latex help.
Findable from URL: http://people.math.sc.edu/girardi/