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How does one add a LaTeX output to a question/answer?

When generating images to illustrate a phenomenon in a question, I typically end up creating a TeX file, compiling it, opening the PDF, using printscreen to copy to the clipboard, opening an image editor, pasting in, cropping to a sensible size, saving the file and then uploading. There must be a less painful way of doing this...

(I know of LatexIt, but it's Mac-only. I just had a look at Is there an equation editor for Windows? and started following up links, but most of the things linked there seem to have pretty poor coverage of maths commands.)

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  • Why is it a problem to create a TeX file. You’ll need it to post an MWE, anyhow ;-) – Tobi Nov 23 '12 at 16:41
  • Generating the TeX file isn't the problem --- it's all the other steps. – Mohan Nov 23 '12 at 17:46
  • This looks like a duplicate of meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2781/…, what do you think, @Mohan? Also probably interesting for you: meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2435/… – doncherry Nov 23 '12 at 18:15
  • @doncherry: Yes, it's a duplicate. I am sorry! (I did search.) Should I delete the q? – Mohan Nov 23 '12 at 18:49
  • @Mohan No problem, we'll just close the question and keep it as a pointer to the other question. A tip for searching: Often searching for tags is more efficient than searching for words, so in your case images (search term [images]). – doncherry Nov 23 '12 at 19:16

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