[Tex/LaTex] How to download and use LaTeX?


Explain what programs (based around LaTeX) I need to download (Windows) in order to write up a mathematical document (must be able to do basic things like type mathematical symbols, insert equation labels, make changes to font colours and sizes etc.)

There are many variants of programs, which I am confused about. If possible, explain each one: LaTeX, MiKTeX, TexMaker, TeXworks, LyX etc.

Best Answer

The following might be incorrect, imprecise and plain false:

LaTeX A collection of macros (format) of/for TeX. It is the most used format out there.

MiKTeX A LaTeX distribution (meaning a collection of packages) used on Windows PCs.

Texmaker An editor specifically made for TeX and friends. It has some nice features to help people write there stuff

TeXworks See Texmaker

LyX An editor which hides much of LaTeX from the user. Think of it as LaTeX for Word-people.

Google A handy search engine to look up stuff. All of the above could be easily found by a minute search (and most likely would be more precise and correct). If you like another more you might use this one.

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