Video screencasts

You can look on flash video screencasts to get an idea of what it's like to work with LyX. There is also (longer) introduction to LyX on youtube.

Visual tour

There is also Walk-through with screenshots that gives a step-by-step guide to creating a LyX document. The whole set is done with ancient version of LyX though.


Here you see the main window of LyX. It looks like any other modern application with menus, toolbars, work area and status line. In this work area, you can see how basic mathematical formulas appear when you work on your document.

It does look a bit rough, but don't worry, because the output will be fine:

That picture is taken from xdvi which is used to preview your documents. With this program, you can get a pixel-exact image of the final print. As you can see on the first picture, LyX is not completely WYSIWYG, but rather WYSIWYM: What you see is what you mean.

The math toolbars below can be used to make the complicated mathematical formulas. You can also enter LaTeX commands directly from the keyboard, which is faster when you've learned the codes. LyX automagically translates the codes to graphical display, providing visual feedback on-the-fly!

Next is a view of Lists & TOC submenu in the Insert menu. In the background, you can see a table. LyX has advanced support for tables, which should satisfy all needs for normal usage. Even if LyX does not natively support some arcane feature you've found in the depth of your LaTeX bible, LyX can handle it, since you can insert arbitrary raw LaTeX commands almost anywhere in your text.

In this picture, we see the Edit menu open. In the background, we see a picture. You can include graphics (several file formats are supported) anywhere in your text, rotate and scale them as you wish, with on screen WYSIWYG display.

Many things can be seen in the following picture, where fullscreen mode is in action:

Most right there are math toolbars, which pop-up whenever you enter math mode - this can be recognized as square in the middle of screen with blue text (xymatrix array in this case). Once you turn on Instant preview feature, immediately after cursor leaves math mode, math equation get rendered via LaTeX. Examples of such rendered results can be seen on left side or around (we use xypics LaTeX package here).

On the right top you can online check LaTeX output, which will be exported from the current document. On the right bottom we have the Table of Contents pop-up. This one is automatically created from the headings in your document. It is also hyperlinked to the document, so you can quickly navigate through even large documents. By the way, did you know that LyX handles large documents without any fuss?

Below is the spellchecker window. LyX uses ispell or aspell as the spellchecker.

And here is the citation dialog. LyX supports BibTeX, LaTeX's very powerful literature system.

LyX can be configured comfortably via the preferences dialog. LyX is free, go check it out now!

Last but not least, LyX supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux/Unix. A Mac OS X screenshot is shown below.