How can I show my desktop in Gnome 3?

You can create a keyboard shortcut to show your desktop. In the upper right-hand corner, click on your username, then select the System Settings icon (looks like tools). Then Click on Keyboard. On the left-hand side, select Navigation, then on the right-hand pane, look for "Hide all normal windows". This should say Disabled. Click on it, then it will show "New accelerator". Enter the keyboard combination you would like to use to show your desktop. The most common shortcut for this is Control + Super + D. Super is usually the Windows key.

How do I print a PDF that opens within a web browser (i.e. Mozilla, Firefox)?

The web browser may be configured to open a pdf file within the web browser. Adobe Acrobat may open within the browser window. If this happens, then the Adobe menu items will appears beneath the browser menu items. (See picture below):

To print, click on the Print Symbol (if you are in a Web Browser) or click on File->Print The following window should show up:

How can view other languages in my browser?

In order to install other languages in your browser: For Firefox:

  1. Click on the Menu button (three horizontal lines on the right-side of the toolbar).
  2. Click on Preferences->Content
  3. Under Languages, click on Choose
  4. In the "Select a language to add" dropdown, choose the language(s) you want.

For Chrome:

  1. Click on the Menu button (three horizontal lines on the right-side of the toolbar).
  2. Select Settings
  3. Languages->Language and input settings
  4. Add

How can I type in other languages?

If you want to type in other languages, you can add different keyboards

  1. Choose System->Preferences->Keyboard
  2. Click on the Layouts tab
  3. Click on Add
  4. Click on Layout Options and go to "Key(s) to change layout" - This will allow you to use keyboard shortcuts to quickly switch between keyboards.
  5. In your toolbar, you will see the current layout (e.g. en). You can click on it to change layouts. Right-click on it to "Show Current Layout" and see "Keyboard Preferences"

How do I access/update my Community of Scholars (CoS) information?

The Community of Scholars (CoS) is a comprehensive online database of the scholars associated with IAS since its founding. Former Members, Visitors, Research Assistants, and Director’s Visitors are encouraged to submit corrections and additional biographical and bibliographical information. To view the information, visit: https://www.ias.edu/people/cos

How do I change my IAS password from Mac OS X?

To change your password from Mac OS X:

1. Open up the Terminal application.
2. SSH into ssh.math.ias.edu using your assigned user credentials.
3. Type passwd.
4. Enter your current password.
5. Enter your new password twice.
6. Assuming you successfully typed in your new password twice, you should receive a message saying that "all authentication tokens updated successfully."

Where can I put local latex style files and packages?

Create a folder in your root directory called texmf. Then create the directories inside it: tex/latex. You can do it all with one command:

mkdir -p texmf/tex/latex.  

Inside the latex directory, you can put your files (.tex, .sty, etc.) or
local packages.  You can create separate directories to organize your
files as well.

If custom bibtex style files (extension .bst) have been provided, place
these into a similar tree of the form

Texworks is not finding packages

You need to make sure the texlive packages are at the top of the path list.
Go to Edit->Preferences->Typesetting
Under Paths for TeX and related programs, make sure that /usr/ias/texlive/20XX/bin/x86_64-linux is listed at the top, where 20XX is either 2012 or 2013.
If they are not there, click on the up arrow until they are at the top.
Click on OK

How do I access newer TeXLive packages?

In order to utilize TeXLive 2012 and newer, type the following on a command line:

module load texlive

If you type module list, you should see the following output:

Currently Loaded Modulefiles:
 1) texlive/2013

To unload the module:

module unload

To view other available TeXLive distributions, type:

module avail

To load a specific module, type:

module load texlive/2012


If you don't want to type the command everytime you login, put the following in your .bashrc script for permanency: