Command completion, snippets, etc.

By default, ST provides a number of snippets for LaTeX editing; the LaTeXTools plugin adds a few more. You can see what they are, and experiment, by selecting Tools | Snippets | LaTeX and Tools | Snippets | LaTeXTools from the menu.

In addition, the LaTeXTools plugin provides useful completions for both regular and math text; check out files LaTeX.sublime-completions and LaTeX math.sublime-completions in the LaTeXTools directory for details. Some of these are semi-intelligent: i.e. bf expands to \textbf{} if you are typing text, and to \mathbf{} if you are in math mode. Others allow you to cycle among different completions: e.g. f in math mode expands to \phi first, but if you hit Tab again you get \varphi; if you hit Tab a third time, you get back \phi.

LaTeX-cwl support

LaTeXTools provides support for the LaTeX-cwl autocompletion word lists. If the package is installed, support is automatically enabled. In addition, support will be enabled if any custom cwl files are installed in the Packages/User/cwl directory.

By default, as soon as one starts typing a command, e.g., \te, a popup is shown displaying possible completions, e.g. including \textit and the like.

The following settings are provided to control LaTeXTools cwl behavior.

  • cwl_list: a list of cwl files to load
  • cwl_autoload: controls loading completions based on packages in the current document in addition to those specified in the cwl_list. Defaults to true, so you only need to set this if you want to disable this behavior.
  • command_completion: when to show that cwl completion popup. The possible values are:
    • prefixed (default): show completions only if the current word is prefixed with a \
    • always: always show cwl completions
    • never: never display the popup
  • env_auto_trigger: if true, autocomplete environment names upon typing \begin{ or \end{ (default: false)

User defined completions

LaTeXTools provides support for custom user-defined completions through modification of the LaTeX.sublime-completions file. The user modified version should be placed in your User directory, otherwise it will be overwritten by future updates.