For LyX Version 1.3

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. Since we often hear of misimpressions like "LyX seems too much like [insert large, monopolistic company's word processor here]. Yuck!" or "LyX seems too much like LaTeX. Yuck!", and since we aim to be better than either :-), it's only fair that we show how LyX really works. If you ever edit anything longer than a single sentence, you owe it to yourself to try it out.

The pictures have been taken from the QT frontend of LyX, introduced with version 1.3.0. Note that the default frontend is still XForms, and in future releases, other optional frontends (GTK for instance) may follow.

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Explanatory text Screen View Paper View
The startup screen of LyX is simple enough. The first you will see is the following: LyX startup screen
To open a file, click on File, then Open. File menu
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. File dialog
If you want to create a new file, simply choose File->New. This will open up the basic editing screen. 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). Typing the title DVI result
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". The Layout choice
As you can see, LyX does the "right thing". Note that the date is added automatically - you don't have to do anything. The title is set DVI result
Now let's add the author; type in the name Typing author name
scroll down the format menu to find "Author" and click it Again layout choice
and again, LyX does the right thing. Author layouted DVI result