Learn LaTeX

Take your first steps with LaTeX, a document preparation system designed to produce high-quality typeset output.


LaTeX can be scary for new users as it is not a word processor, and because it is not a single program. Our aim is to help you get started with LaTeX: the basics, installation, writing code, without trying to show you everything in one go. More on our mission …

How it works

We have taken the most important things you will need to know, and made them into 16 short lessons, which should not take long to cover. In each lesson, we give lots of examples of what you would write. You can edit and run the examples in this website. More on examples …


We have included a More on this topic page for each lesson. This extra information is there to support you when you need the detail, but should not get in your way if you don't.

Additional lessons

Going further

Getting a book about LaTeX is the best way to learn the details. We cover getting more information, along with book recommendations, in the last lesson.