Three questions from a novice tex stack exchange user:

  1. What should I do if I need to include an image in the minimal working example for my question? Is there some standard image that comes with every LaTeX distribution? Or do I upload my own?

  2. How do I add latex output to a question?

  3. What tag should I have used for this question? I couldn't find an existing one that seemed appropriate.

  • This is in the wrong place, but still, I think you deserve a pat on the back for being conscientious enough to ask!
    – Au101
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:41
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    the graphics package comes with several examples, e.g. \includegraphics{example-image-a}
    – MaxNoe
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:43
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    @MaxNoe mwe package actually Jul 11, 2015 at 18:44
  • Oh, indeed. Always thought it was part of graphics
    – MaxNoe
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:45
  • someone will answer once it's migrated, but (1) answered in comments, for (2) just take a screenshot and upload image (until you have enough rep you need to remove the ! so it makes a link rather than inline image) Jul 11, 2015 at 18:49
  • Got it! Thanks very much!
    – Ruby
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:51
  • See the detailed Answer on Meta meta.tex.stackexchange.com/a/3225 Jul 11, 2015 at 19:53
  • for 2.: sometimes \documentclass[convert]{standalone} is suitable, which makes an png file directly
    – crateane
    Jul 12, 2015 at 13:08

1 Answer 1


This has been answered in comments really but

For (1) for images traditionally you could use


or simply replace the \includegraphics{...} by \rule{3cm}{1cm} in either case, getting a black rectangle, but most modern installations now include the examples from mwe so you can use


to get an image that people will have locally. It comes with several images of various sizes and shapes, see texdoc mwe for details.

For (2) just take a screenshot (and possibly trim it using your system tools) and upload. As an image. Until you have the rep to post an image you can use the image upload form but remove the generated ! in the markup, which makes it a link. A Higher rep user will put the ! back.

For (3) use the meta site not the main one:-)

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    Na. example-image is too dull. example-image-a is better. (example-image-b is reserved for those who like to dance in the shadow of death and laugh in the face of danger.)
    – cfr
    Jul 14, 2015 at 2:13
  • @cfr "Ha ha ha ha!" Jul 14, 2015 at 3:11
  • Curiosity just killed the cat :(
    – Au101
    Jul 16, 2015 at 2:38

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