Emacs Org Mode is a perfect tool to do almost anything! I particularly like its slogan and design concept: Organize Your Life In Plain Text!

I use Org Mode for many things, which includes writing a to-do list, building a study plan, writing blog posts (including this one), scribbling documents to organise my thoughts (you can also run code in Org Mode, how cool is that!), and planning a research paper.

I would like to share my .org files with LaTex starter code and show how I use it to write research documents. Later I export them from .org file to .tex then to .pdf. I like this pipeline because I don't need to worry about the layout while writing. I can also combine many different syntaxes, such as latex in the .org file.

Here are some screenshots:

.org file img

.pdf img

Table of Contents

  1. My org-mode templates for latex-style writing
  2. Emacs settings
  3. Export from .org file to .pdf

My org-mode templates for latex-style writing

This repo contains different templates as a starter code to write org-mode which can later be exported to latex and pdf.

Emacs settings

I am using Centaur Emacs for my emacs setting, so if you encounter any different exporting result, please refer to the emacs setting and my fork version (in the branch gene-emacs).

Or those lines to your .emacs setting file.

    (setq org-latex-pdf-process
          '("latexmk -pdflatex='pdflatex -interaction nonstopmode' -pdf -bibtex -f %f"))



    (unless (boundp 'org-latex-classes)
      (setq org-latex-classes nil))

    (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
                 '("ethz"
                   "\\documentclass[a4paper,11pt,titlepage]{memoir}
    \\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
    \\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
    \\usepackage{fixltx2e}
    \\usepackage{graphicx}
    \\usepackage{longtable}
    \\usepackage{float}
    \\usepackage{wrapfig}
    \\usepackage{rotating}
    \\usepackage[normalem]{ulem}
    \\usepackage{amsmath}
    \\usepackage{textcomp}
    \\usepackage{marvosym}
    \\usepackage{wasysym}
    \\usepackage{amssymb}
    \\usepackage{hyperref}
    \\usepackage{mathpazo}
    \\usepackage{color}
    \\usepackage{enumerate}
    \\definecolor{bg}{rgb}{0.95,0.95,0.95}
    \\tolerance=1000
          [NO-DEFAULT-PACKAGES]
          [PACKAGES]
          [EXTRA]
    \\linespread{1.1}
    \\hypersetup{pdfborder=0 0 0}"
                   ("\\chapter{%s}" . "\\chapter*{%s}")
                   ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
                   ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
                   ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
                   ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
                   ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))


    (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
                 '("article"
                   "\\documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{article}
    \\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
    \\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
    \\usepackage{fixltx2e}
    \\usepackage{graphicx}
    \\usepackage{longtable}
    \\usepackage{float}
    \\usepackage{wrapfig}
    \\usepackage{rotating}
    \\usepackage[normalem]{ulem}
    \\usepackage{amsmath}
    \\usepackage{textcomp}
    \\usepackage{marvosym}
    \\usepackage{wasysym}
    \\usepackage{amssymb}
    \\usepackage{hyperref}
    \\usepackage{mathpazo}
    \\usepackage{color}
    \\usepackage{enumerate}
    \\definecolor{bg}{rgb}{0.95,0.95,0.95}
    \\tolerance=1000
          [NO-DEFAULT-PACKAGES]
          [PACKAGES]
          [EXTRA]
    \\linespread{1.1}
    \\hypersetup{pdfborder=0 0 0}"
                   ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
                   ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
                   ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
                   ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")))


    (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes '("ebook"
                                      "\\documentclass[11pt, oneside]{memoir}
    \\setstocksize{9in}{6in}
    \\settrimmedsize{\\stockheight}{\\stockwidth}{*}
    \\setlrmarginsandblock{2cm}{2cm}{*} % Left and right margin
    \\setulmarginsandblock{2cm}{2cm}{*} % Upper and lower margin
    \\checkandfixthelayout
    % Much more laTeX code omitted
    "
                                      ("\\chapter{%s}" . "\\chapter*{%s}")
                                      ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
                                      ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")))

Export from .org file to .pdf

Use the key combination

C-c C-e l o

For more information, please refer to the official documentation.