Final Report Killer: Free Overleaf Template

Every LGUer majoring in CS and EIE suffers from the final project reports at the end of every semester. To solve it, I make an efficient and reproduce-able overleaf template for project reports or assignments. Let’s how we can make the final report in one day!

A Brief Introduction of Latex and Overleaf

Latex is a text format that can be compiled as PDF files. It is incredibly productive because of its powerful templates. Once we have a template, we only need to CTRL C + CTRL V template segments and fill in texts and images without caring about the format. In my opinion, learning Latex is one of the essential skills if one would like to do research because most conferences and journals provide a standard Latex template for formatting.

More importantly, Latex itself is a kind of Hyper-Text Language like HTML. With a specific compiler, it can even compile a tex file into an HTML website, which is what ACM does now for some conferences and journals on ACM Digit Library. For example, my first publication on ACM DL has its HTML version: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3422575.3422797.

PDF, eReader, and HTML is available
HTML Format

However, one difficulty of using Latex is that the environment is too complex to install and configure, even on Linux with apt, let alone Windows. Overleaf is one of the best solutions for writing Latex on the cloud. One can freely write as many projects as they like and enjoy most functionalities for the free subscription. At the same time, the paid one can enable collaboration for multiple users on the same project.

When writing Latex on Overleaf, your procedure will be as simple as the following:

  1. Open Overleaf website: https://www.overleaf.com/
  2. Choose a template.
  3. Open the template in a new project and start writing. You can upload images to your project.
  4. Free compile and download the PDF file.
  5. You can even submit the source tex file directly on Overleaf.

One disadvantage is it requires a stable network connection. If you are in China, you may need to save it frequently because you may lose the texts starting from your last saved checkpoint if the connection is lost. Personally speaking, it seldom troubles me because I have the habit of saving and compiling every minute.

How to use the LGU Overleaf Template

Step 1: Register an Overleaf Account

Find more information on https://www.overleaf.com/.

Step 2: Open the template

Click https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates/free-lgu-report-template/qgfbrjzqqffv and choose Open as Template:

Open our template

Step 3: Modify Title, Author, and Footer

In report.tex, change the content in the braces to modify the title and name.

Change the Title and Author

In defs.tex, change the footer content.

Change the footer

Step 4: (Optional) Change the Images

If you are from another college and would like to change the images, you can modify them in defs.tex:

Change logo.png to be your cover image name.
Change logo to be your footer image name.

Step 5: Copy And Paste

You can duplicate the segment you want. You can have fun with the code highlighting, image arrangement, and tables as you like.

One useful trick is to double click the PDF previewer, which will navigate you to the corresponding code segment in the report.tex.

Consultant Service

If you have trouble or would like to know more tricks about this template or would like some suggestions for your report, I am open to the consultant service. You can contact me directly or leave a comment below for your WeChat ID, and I will reach you.

Want To Start Learning Latex?

If more than 100 people express their interest in learning Latex in the following comment section, I will write a brief introduction to learn Latex in 60 minutes.


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