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This is the first in a series of columns designed for the beginner or non-expert TeX or LaTeX user. This first column is divided into two main parts: the installation of TeX on your computer, and creating a simple LaTeX document. The installation section gives an overview of installing TeX on a computer system, and provides a list of detailed resources for installation on different computers and operating systems. The section on creating a sample LaTeX document shows the basic elements of a LaTeX source file and guides the reader step-by-step in creating a document.
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