Q: How to wrap text around the figure or table?

You can use either floatflt package or wrapfig package.

For example:

\caption{Text wrap around figure}
\noindent \hrulefill


\caption{Text wrap around figure}
\noindent \hrulefill

The difference between floatingfigure and wrapfigure is that the text typed after end{floatingfigure} will be forced to be a new paragraph.

For more information, please refer to floatflt manual and a webpage about wrapfig.

Q: Writing thesis (PhD or MSc) in LaTeX

There is a class file for LaTeX2e that helps you produce a properly formatted UBC thesis. It's not officially supported by UBC but has been endorsed by FoGS as mentioned on their webpage. The download link can be found in the LaTeX section there.

Just in case the FoGS website is down here is a direct download link provided by Michael McNeil Forbes, the author of the class file and a former UBC graduate student.

Q: Add StatNet printer using TCP/IP Jetdirect socket

Another way to add printer is use "Bonjour", IPP or TCP/IP printer.

TCP/IP method:
Name: hp5.stat.ubc.ca
Model:  Duplex, HP Laserjet M605 dn

Optra:  optra.stat.ubc.ca
Model:  Duplex, HP Laserjet M605 dn
ESB 3163

Mac OSX:
System Preferences -- Printers & Scanner -- + -- IP --
HP JestDirect Socket
Queue Leave it empty
Name hp5
Location Mailroom
Use Select Software
NOTE: If you don't see "Postscript" software you need to follow instruction below.

Download new driver for HP Laserjet M605  and install on your computer first.


Install the driver and then add the printer.  You will see the HP M605

After this, Configure the HP5 to add Duplex option for duplex printing.
Keep everything else as Default setting.

Windows 7: http://www.tp-link.com/lk/article/?id=240

Windows 8: http://www.tp-link.us/article/?faqid=459
In Windows 8, Swipe from the right to left, click on Search " Advance Printer Setup"

Q: My printouts are not centered on the page but are offset. Why is this?

If you have a properly formatted file (i.e. it's text or a Postscript file that has been formatted for Letter (8.5"x11") size paper) but the output has been shifted right and/or down, it's likely that the printer is mistaken about the size of the paper in the print hopper.

The print hoppers has a slider that signals the printer on the type of paper loaded within (such as Letter, Legal, etc). It does this by moving fingers or knobs located on the side of the hopper that press against contacts within the printer. Sometimes either the fingers or the contacts are stuck and the printer is misinformed about the size of the paper. When a Letter size printout is being printed, the printer tries it best to print on the wrong size paper, thus the off-centered output.

The fix is two unstick the fingers or contacts so that the printer has the correct paper sizing information. If you don't know how to do this, contact the IT staff.

Q: How do I enable / disable two-up printing?

Two-up printing is where 2 pages are printed on one side of a paper by shrinking them, putting them side-by-side on a landscape format paper.

This is the usual default for printing text files. To disable this, you'll need to convert it to Postscript, as Postscript files are printed without reformatting:

      textps file.txt | lpr -Pprintername 

If you have a Postscript file, you can reformat them into a 2-up format (or even 4-up format if your eyesight can stand the strain) by filtering them through the psnup tool:

     psnup -2 file.ps | lpr -Pprintername    psnup -4 file.ps | lpr -Pprintername 

You can combine the above two solutions to print text in a 4-up format:

  textps file.txt | psnup -4 file.ps | lpr -Pprintername 

For Windows users, some printer drivers will allow you to set 1-up, 2-up, 4-up and booklet format.

Q: The printer says its out of paper or toner. What do I do?

If a printer is out of paper (the hoppers are empty and there no packages of new paper to be found near the printer), then a fresh package or box of paper can be fetched from the mail room. Before you take some paper, please notify the Font Desk Receptionist so that the inventory can be kept up to date. If possible, please take an entire box so that this tiresome exercise need not be repeated often.

If the printer reports in the LCD window that it is low on toner, then what to do depends on how fresh this message is. The toner sensor is very conservative and will report "Low Toner" even though there is plenty of life left. To ascertain whether the toner is really running out, print a test page. If the printout is getting very light or has bald patches, then open the printer, shake the toner cartridge, reinsert the cartridge and print a few test pages again. If it comes out spotty again, then it's time to change ther printer cartridge.

Contact the IT staff to replace the cartridge.

Q: How do I cancel a printing job?


     lprm -Pprinter JobID

     lprm -    [remove all your submitted jobs.]


     lprm -Plj4 316

Q: How do I print a postscript (ps) file or a text file?


lpr -Pprinter(s) filename


lpr -Poptra example.ps [to print double sided.]

lpr -Poptras example.ps [to print single sided.]

Q: How do I mark or unmark consecutive pages in gv or ghostview?

Just drag right-button of the mouse.

Q: How do I print several pages per sheet?

You can use command a2ps. For example, if you have a text file called input.txt and you want to print the file 4 pages per sheet, then you can use the following command to generate an output file called output.ps, then use lpr command to print the output.ps

a2ps -o output.ps -4 input.txt
lpr -Pprintername output.ps

Note that

  • a2ps convert FILE(s) or standard input to PostScript. Input files can be of different type, e.g. .txt, .ps, or .html.
  • you can directly print out the input file to printer by the following command:

    a2ps -P -4 input.ps

    However we recommend to convert the input file to output.ps first, then use ghostview to check if the format is correct or not. Finally use lpr command to print output.ps.

  • For further information, please use command man a2ps to read the manual of the command a2ps.