Overleaf’s LaTeX tutorial—now available in five languages!

By Lian Tze Lim

The Overleaf LaTeX tutorial, put together by our co-founder and CTO Dr John Lees-Miller, has helped many users learn the most useful LaTeX constructs for writing academic papers, reports and theses.

An example slide from the Overleaf LaTeX tutorial.

Available in three parts, it offers practical hands-on guidance with examples that you can work through to build your confidence and expertise in LaTeX.

Part 1 of the tutorial covers the basics, including typesetting text and basic mathematics material.

In Part 2 we go over some of the most important features of academic writing in LaTeX, such as structuring your document with sectional headers; adding images, figures, tables; automatic cross-referencing; and citations and reference lists.

Parts 1 and 2 would equip you quite well for most report- and paper-writing, but if you’d like to go the distance, head over to Part 3 to learn how to create presentation decks with the beamer package, and produce graphics for your LaTeX document with the powerful TikZ package.

The tutorial is open-sourced under the MIT license, and you can download the source here. In fact, it has been forked and translated (and expanded upon) into different languages:

If you have translated the tutorial into your own language, let us know and we’ll be happy to add it to the list here!

Lian Tze Lim

Lian Tze Lim

Community TeXpert

Computer scientist, once-lecturer, trainer. Enjoys tinkering with LaTeX in the name of productive procrastination (ahem). Personal motto: "all research students are insane at one time or another".