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3 Document classes

The document’s overall class is defined with this command, which is normally the first command in a LaTeX source file.


The following document class names are built into LaTeX. (Many other document classes are available as separate packages; see Overview.)


For a journal article, a presentation, and miscellaneous general use.


Full-length books, including chapters and possibly including front matter, such as a preface, and back matter, such as an appendix (see Front/back matter).


Mail, optionally including mailing labels (see Letters).


For documents of length between an article and a book, such as technical reports or theses, which may contain several chapters.


For slide presentations—rarely used today. In its place the beamer package is perhaps the most prevalent (see beamer template).

Standard options are described in the next section.

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