LyX is a free LaTeX-based text processing system but more advanced than say Texmaker or WinEdt. It combines the flexibility of LaTeX with a friendly graphical  interface. It is much easier to start with for people new to Latex. LyX is especially good in handling documents with many maths formulas and pictures.


University computers: Start->Software Centre -> Lyx
Home Computers: from (install the bundle with Latex if Latex has not been previously installed on your computer).

Quick Visual Introduction to LyX:

Tutorial and User Guide: install LyX and click Help->Tutorial (Read it! It is actually very good and useful, especially Chapter 4 for writing maths). More tutorials here:

Youtube Introduction to LaTeX and LyX in 5 parts:

Presentations with LyX:

Some LyX templates (Install LyX, open the files and press Ctrl-R to create and view pdf):

For experts in LaTeX: LyX uses its own .lyx file format (text file very similar to .tex) LyX exports the documents to LaTeX and then runs pdflatex to create PDF. The exported LaTeX file looks absolutely fine and shouldn't cause any problems when further work on LaTeX file is needed or LaTeX source is requested by the publisher. LyX can also import LaTeX files. This works OK but not always ideal.

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