Virginia Tech on Overleaf


Virginia Tech Libraries is providing free Overleaf Professional accounts to all VT students, faculty, and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional accounts provide 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 such as reference managers to best fit into your workflow.

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Quick Start

Welcome to the Virginia tech 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

Virginia Tech letterhead template
Virginia Tech letterhead template
This is the official Virginia Tech letterhead template. This template is designed to be easily modified so that it can be used by anyone at VT for composing professional business communications according to the VT branding guidelines. Add your own information and text to the template to send a custom message.
Robert Browder & Carrie Cross. Modified by LianTze Lim.
Virginia Tech ETD template
Virginia Tech ETD template
This is the official Virginia Tech LaTeX template for theses and dissertations. For more information on preparing your thesis or dissertation for submission, please see the ETD LibGuide on the VT Libraries website.
Alan Lattimer & Erich L. Foster. Modified by Carrie Cross, Robert Browder & LianTze Lim
Basic Academic Journal Article Template
Basic Academic Journal Article Template
This is a basic journal article template which includes metadata fields for multiple authors, affiliations and keywords. It is also set up to use the lineno package for line numbers; these can be turned on by adding the 'lineno' option to the documentclass command.
John Hammersley
A quick guide to LaTeX
A quick guide to LaTeX
Know the LaTeX command you want to use but can't remember how to write it? Here we present a great tips sheet produced by Dave Richeson; it's pre-loaded in Overleaf so you can see how the commands work instantly. Simply click on the button above to open a version in Overleaf for editing (and to quickly copy and paste the commands you need!). For more comments visit this page on Dave's site, or if you'd like to work through a fuller introduction to LaTeX why not check out our free online course?
Example by Division by Zero
Metropolis Beamer Theme
Metropolis Beamer Theme
Metropolis is originally created by Matthias Vogelgesang and is available from as well as CTAN. More information about the theme, including the design principles, can be found at This version demonstrates the use of a progress bar under the frame titles. See the manual for other customisation options.
Matthias Vogelgesang
Book design inspired by Edward Tufte
Book design inspired by Edward Tufte
Edward Tufte is a pioneer in the field of data visualization, and his works inspired the creation of two LaTeX classes for books and handouts. Here we present the excellent sample book produced by the The Tufte-LaTeX Developers pre-loaded into Overleaf (formerly writeLaTeX) for you to use as a starting point for your own work. Simply click the button above to use Overleaf to create and edit your article - there's nothing to install and no sign up required. When you're finished, use our integrated publish to figshare option to publish your work freely online. Click here if you'd like to try the corresponding Tufte handout design on Overleaf. PS: If you're new to LaTeX, our free online LaTeX course covers all the steps you need to get you started.
Example by The Tufte-LaTeX Developers
Standard document
Standard document
A4 document with page numbering and adjusted margins. Included options for gentium and times font, as well as language.
Christian L.
Template for Preparing Your Submission to the American Society Of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Template for Preparing Your Submission to the American Society Of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Overleaf and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have created this template for authors submitting manuscripts to all 35 ASCE Journals. The template allows authors to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts using Overleaf. Once complete, authors can submit the source files downloaded from Overleaf. To begin writing online, click the “Open as Template” button above. The Overleaf/ASCE template will load. Additional guidelines for preparing submissions are included within the template. If you are new to Overleaf and LaTeX, check out this free introductory course.
Overleaf & the American Society Of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
International Journal of Recirculating Aquaculture
International Journal of Recirculating Aquaculture
Template for submissions to the International Journal of Recirculating Aquaculture.
Carrie Cross
ACM Conference Proceedings "Master" Template
ACM Conference Proceedings "Master" Template
ACM has transitioned to a new authoring template. This new TeX template consolidates the previous eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates. The templates are updated to the latest software versions, developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. The new LaTeX package incorporates updated versions of the following ACM templates: ACM Journals: ACM Small, ACM Large, ACM and TOG (also for SIGGRAPH authors publishing in TOG) ACM proceedings templates: ACM Standard and SIGPLAN All journals use acmsmall with the following exceptions: acmlarge - Large single column format, used for IMWUT, JOCCH, PACMPL, POMACS, TAP, PACMHCI acmtog - Large double column format, used for TOG Note: Most proceedings authors will use the "sigconf" proceedings template. If you are unsure which template variant to use, please request clarification from your event or publication contact. Note: A single column version is required for submission and peer review. This can be done by changing the \documentclass[...]{acmart} in this template to \documentclass[manuscript,screen]{acmart}. Before using the 2017 ACM consolidated proceedings template, we strongly suggest that you read the TeX User Guide. Authors who plan to use their own packages should read the longer Implementation Guide. More detailed Instructions for Authors are found at It is important to provide the proper indexing information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). Accurate semantic tagging provides a reader with quick content reference; facilitates the DL search for related literature; enables several DL topic functions such as aggregated SIG and journal coverage areas; and helps ACM promote your work in other online resources. Once your conference proceedings submission is ready, you can use the “Submit to ACM” button at the top of the Overleaf editor bar to quickly download your files. Please then refer to the submission guidelines in the relevant call-for-papers or on the event website for information on where to submit. For support on using these templates, or on LaTeX in general, please contact the Overleaf team -- we're happy to help.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

FAQ & Help

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

If you need 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. You can also pass along any feedback you have regarding Virginia Tech’s Overleaf license to Peter Potter, Director, Publishing Strategy, University Libraries.

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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