University of Waterloo on Overleaf

Overview Quick Start Templates FAQ & Help


The University of Waterloo has a site agreement with Overleaf to provide full-featured Overleaf Pro+ accounts, which are free of charge for all faculty, staff and graduate students.

We are sorry, but UW undergraduate students are not eligible for Pro+ accounts under the current site agreement. However, undergraduate students may still sign up individually for free or paid accounts from Overleaf at Undergraduates signing up for individual accounts should use their email addresses so that we can track interest among our undergraduates. This may allow us to expand our site agreement in the future.

For ShareLatex users who wish to upgrade, users need to use their email address associated with Waterloo. They can either sign up as a new account, or use their current account (and keep all existing projects) by changing their email associated with their ShareLaTeX account to their institutional email address at They will be presented with an invite into the premium account where they will be required to verify their email address. Any personal subscriptions can be cancelled at that point.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing research papers and reports much quicker, easier and more convenient for both single-author and collaborative documents. Each Pro+ account has up to 20 GB of cloud storage, private sharing and collaboration, with contributions tracking and version history. Documents can be edited from anywhere through a browser without installing LaTeX on your devices. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Dropbox, Mendeley, Git and to best fit into your workflow.

Eligible Waterloo graduate students, faculty and staff should claim their free 20GB Pro+ account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) below. You'll need to verify a email address in order to receive your free Pro+ account.

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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 and 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

Publishing your projects in the Overleaf gallery

A quick way to share your course templates or lecture notes is to publish them in the Overleaf gallery. You can publish any project from Overleaf to the gallery in just a few clicks.


Demonstrating auto-compile error handling to your students

Auto-compile helps users new to LaTeX to find errors in their syntax quickly and easily, and encourages them to fix them as they go, to produce clean, error-free documents.


Show your class how to turn on track changes for review (Overleaf v2 only)

Overleaf v2 offers an impressive collection of new and upgraded collaboration features, and your institutional subscription provides all users with access to the powerful track changes feature.


Intro Videos

Featured LaTeX Templates

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Help & FAQs

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

Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team.

For help with, or suggestions regarding the UW thesis template, please create an IST Request System ticket at

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 :)

How do I upload an existing LaTeX project into Overleaf?

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

What packages does Overleaf support?

Overleaf supports the packages listed here.

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