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These pages illustrate how to create and edit a simple LyX file. The goal is to allow you to fairly evaluate how LyX works and whether it is a right choice for you.

Note that these pictures were taken with LyX version 1.3.0 (the current version is 1.6.x).

Explanatory text Screen View Paper View
The startup screen of LyX is simple enough. The first you will see is the following:
To open a file, click on File, then Open.
In the file dialogue box (which is used in many different places in LyX), simply type the name of the file or double-click on the name in the browser.
If you want to create a new file, simply choose File->New. This will open up the basic editing screen.
Let us start by typing in the title (on the left). If we were to print the document at this point or preview the file (File->View dvi), this is what a US Letter paper sheet would look like (on the right).
Now let's tell LyX that this is a title. Note that we don't tell it to center it or to make the font larger and bold. LyX takes care of all that automatically. Simply click on the format menu (below File, and it has the default value of "Standard"), then scroll down and select "Title".
As you can see, LyX does the "right thing". Note that the date is added automatically - you don't have to do anything.
Now let's add the author; type in the name
scroll down the format menu to find "Author" and click it
and again, LyX does the right thing.

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