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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 of LaTeX.)


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 nowadays. The beamer package is perhaps the most prevalent ( See beamer template, for a small template for a beamer document.

Standard options are described in the next section.

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