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Columbia University on Overleaf


Columbia University Libraries and CUIT are providing Overleaf Professional features for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional features include real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services to best fit into your workflow.

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Quick Start

Welcome to the quick start guide to Overleaf. We've put together some useful resources and links in the sections below, and if you have any questions about how to get started please let us know and we'll be happy to help!

For Students

Try out the Overleaf editor with built in tutorial

If you'd like to dive straight into the editor, simply click the button to create a new paper using our quick-start template. A short tutorial will walk you through the main features to quickly get you started.


Browse the Overleaf template gallery

You can find a selection of featured templates, or check out our full template gallery for more ideas and inspiration.


Take our free course to quickly master the LaTeX essentials

If you're new to LaTeX, we've put together a free online course to help you learn the basics. If you have never used LaTeX before, or if it has been a while and you would like a refresher, this is the place to start.


For Researchers

Find a journal template

Through our partnerships within the publishing community, we provide a selection of academic journal templates for articles and papers. These templates automatically format your manuscripts in the style required for submission to that journal.


Edit in Rich Text mode or directly in LaTeX

Overleaf provides an intuitive and easy-to-use manuscript editor (our rich text mode), which is especially useful if you or your co-authors aren't familiar with writing in LaTeX.


If you prefer to edit directly in LaTeX, you can! Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.


Submitting your articles to journals, repositories and more

You can also submit your paper directly to a number of journals and other editorial and review services via the publish menu in the editor. Simply open the publish menu from any document and follow the appropriate 'Submit to ...' link.


For Teachers

Introducing students to LaTeX

Overleaf has several on-demand webinars available that address a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics.


Help students understand LaTeX errors

Addressing errors as they happen helps ensure that your LaTeX project continues to compile and look the way it should.


Show your class how to turn on track changes for review

Overleaf offers an impressive collection of collaboration features, and your institutional subscription provides all users with access to the powerful track changes feature.


Featured LaTeX Templates

FAQ & Help

Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or the Columbia University license?

If you need LaTeX or other technical support while working on any Overleaf projects, please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team. For any questions about Columbia University Libraries resources, please contact

I'm new to Overleaf, how should I get started?

We've put together a short How do I use Overleaf help page to give you pointers on exactly that :)

You can also watch upcoming and on-demand webinars.

How do I upload an existing LaTeX project into Overleaf?

Here's how to import existing LaTeX documents into Overleaf.

What packages does Overleaf support?

Overleaf supports the packages listed here.

Does Columbia provide LaTeX templates for dissertations?

Please see the GSAS Formatting Guidelines and Dissertation Template page.

I already have an Overleaf account, what should I do?

If your Overleaf account is associated with your address, then you will be prompted to link your account to the University license after you log in. If your Overleaf account is associated with another email address, you may either change your account settings to align your account with your address and you will be prompted to link to SSO (recommended), or you may create an entirely separate account with your email address.

How do I get a refund from Overleaf if I already have a paid Overleaf subscription?

You can get a pro-rated refund based on the amount of time left in your subscription. Contact to begin this process.

What happens to my Overleaf account if I leave Columbia?

If you are no longer an active Columbia student or employee, then your Overleaf Professional account will automatically be changed to a free Overleaf account (with fewer perks). You can change the email address associated with your Overleaf account to your personal account. You will not lose access to any projects, nor will your collaborators lose access. However, you will be unable to add new collaborators beyond what is permitted in the free account

When I try to log in, I receive an error that reads "The email/institution account you tried to add is already registered in Overleaf". What should I do?

This error means that you have a second Overleaf account registered with your email address (this could be because you have a vanity account like; it could also be a legacy account from ShareLaTeX or WriteLaTeX, which are now owned by Overleaf). To consolidate your accounts:

  1. Request a password-reset link for your account using this form: Password Reset. This will provide an Overleaf-specific password instead of your standard UNI password (only temporary).
  2. Log in to your Overleaf account with your new password and review the project contents. Transfer or download any content that you want to maintain. If this account is a collaborator on a shared project that you still need access to, then ask the project owner to be re-invited after Step 4.
  3. From the Account Settings page, delete your Overleaf account ("Delete your account" at the bottom of the page). Alternatively you can remove the email from the account (click the trashcan next to it) and add a different email. (More info on deleting accounts.)
  4. Now log in to your most recent Overleaf account. If this is not a account, then make sure you go to Account Settings and add your account as a secondary email address to ensure that you receive the benefit of Columbia's free Overleaf Professional license. (More info on managing Overleaf emails.)

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