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Modifying LaTeX package options

Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

Many packages have a series of options for which you can specify settings, much as you specify document class option settings.

If a package has options available, the program generally lists them on the Package Options tab. If an option is marked as (default), it is in effect. Defaults usually don't appear in the Currently Selected Options box. Selecting a default option has no effect other than to display it in the box.

When you select a listed option setting, the program creates the correct LaTeX syntax for your selection. You can also go native to specify package option settings. However, if you go native, the program passes your commands directly to LaTeX without checking for correct syntax. Be careful to enter the commands correctly.

How to modify package options

  1. On the Typeset toolbar, click the Options and Packages button Options and Packages button or, from the Typeset menu, choose Options and Packages and then choose the Package Options tab.

  2. Select the package you want to modify and choose Modify.

  3. If the Options dialog lists options for the package,

    1. In the Category box, select the option you want.

    2. In the Options box, select the setting you want.

      The program displays the options you select in the Currently Selected Options area.
      Example of selected options

    3. Repeat steps a and b for each option you want to modify.

    4. Choose OK twice to return to the Package Options tab. Note that the selected options are also listed on the Package Options tab sheet.


    If the Options dialog lists no options for the package,

    1. Choose Go Native.
      Native LaTeX Options dialog

    2. In the Native LaTeX Options dialog, enter the commands for any package options you want to apply.

      The documentation for each package outlines the syntax and arguments of the commands for the available options. Incorrect syntax can prevent typesetting and can damage your document.

    3. Choose OK twice to return to the Package Options tab. The dialog reflects the options you have selected.

  4. Choose OK to return to your document.

Last revised 02/16/06

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