Overleaf v2 FAQ
What is Overleaf v2?
In July 2017, Overleaf and ShareLaTeX joined forces. We have brought the best features and technologies from Overleaf and ShareLaTeX together into a new platform and editor which we’ve called Overleaf v2. Overleaf v2 launched to everyone on 4 September 2018 as the default platform. The Overleaf v1 editor remained available until 8th January 2019 and is now no longer available.
What has Changed with Overleaf v2?
From 8th January, 2019, all your projects will automatically move to Overleaf v2 the next time you open them. We have now moved millions of projects since the start of the Overleaf v2 beta in May 2018, and in most cases moving your project will take only a few seconds.
Overleaf v2 brings many improvements compared to v1:
- Smoother, more immediate real time collaboration
- See where your collaborators' cursors are and who's online
- Add tracked changes and comments
- See a live preview of your equations and some formatting with the Visual Editor
- Sync your project with a git repo on GitHub
- Automatically sync your projects to Dropbox and back to Overleaf
And v2 retains key capabilities both from Overleaf v1 and from ShareLaTeX:
- An offline working option with direct git access to your projects (now out of beta!)
- Easily share your projects with a group by turning on link sharing
- Set the preview to refresh automatically when you stop typing
- Sync your bibliography with Mendeley and Zotero
- Browse any previous version of your project, even if you've moved or deleted files
- All the latex editor features you expect, like spell check, syntax highlighting and auto-completion of commands
We conducted surveys and analyzed a lot of data to try to bring you the best Overleaf v2 we could without taking forever to do it. This means that some Overleaf v1 features will be going away at least for a while. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and please note that we hope to meet many of the same needs in new and improved ways in the future.
- The assignment tools for creating and collecting homework assignments will no longer be supported. Your assignment templates and assignments will become regular projects in Overleaf v2. You can of course still download your files and submit them using another system. Please see this help article for more information about teaching in Overleaf v2.
- Files imported from CiteULike and Plotly will become ordinary files when you move your project into Overleaf v2. You can still use these services, of course, but you'll need to download and upload the data manually or use the more general 'link to URL' feature.
- Publishing directly to Figshare and Peerwith is no longer supported, but you can always download your files and submit them manually.
- If you link your account with IEEE Collabratec®, you will still be able to manage your library from Collabratec, but the icons on the Overleaf projects page for linking and unlinking projects from your library will no longer be available in Overleaf v2, initially. You will also now need to use the built-in Share menu in Overleaf v2 to share your projects with members of private/research groups.
- It is still possible to submit new articles directly from Overleaf to F1000Research and Wellcome Open Research, however the editorial team will use the new Track Changes system, rather than the previous system of comparing Overleaf versions. If you are submitting revisions or an update for a published article, please contact the editorial team directly before proceeding further.
- If you have received an invitation to collaborate on a Protected Project in Overleaf v1 and have not accepted it before 8th January 2019, you will need to request another invitation to the project in Overleaf v2.
- If you have been sent an email confirmation message and have not confirmed your account before 8th January 2019, you will need to send yourself a new confirmation message. You can do this from your settings.
- The v2 dash will not show the Last Edited By column for now. We are working hard to bring this back. You will still be able to see when a project was last edited, and you can, as a workaround, still find out who made the last edit using the project history system.
pythontexpackage is not currently supported on Overleaf v2. This is because of a change to the security model in Overleaf v2. We will investigate whether we can bring it back.
- The longest compile timeout supported in Overleaf v2 is 5 minutes. If you have trouble with timeouts in Overleaf v2, please check our help guide for debugging compile timeouts or contact our support team if you are stuck on a compile timeout.
- Uploading single files directly from cloud services, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, is not currently supported on Overleaf v2. The workaround is to either use the External URL feature, or to first download the file from the cloud service to your local device and then upload it from there. (It's also worth noting that v2 is now able to sync whole projects to Dropbox and GitHub; it's just that individual file uploads from these services are no longer supported.)
More v2 Tips
- Git Access: Access via git is now out of beta. You can now move projects to Overleaf v2 and still access them via git. You will, however, need to update your git remotes by following the instructions that you receive on your first push / pull after moving the project to Overleaf v2. For extra security, the git link now corresponds to the project ID rather than the sharing URL. To view this, open the git modal in the main project menu. Please note that anonymous edits are no longer allowed via git bridge, so even for projects with link sharing enabled it's necessary to sign in on the git bridge with your Overleaf registered email address ('username') and password.
- Renaming Projects: Overleaf v2 won't try to infer the title of your project from your
\titlecommand — you should instead either (a) on your projects page, click the checkbox next to your project, and then go up to More in the top right, to find the option to rename, or (b) open your project and click the pencil icon next to the title in the top bar.
- Finding Position in Source / PDF (SyncTeX): This is still supported in v2. You can either click the two arrows on the divider between the source and the PDF, or you can double click the preview to find the corresponding location in the source.
- Dark and Light Themes: If you prefer a light theme, you can change this setting by opening a project, opening the menu (top left), and changing the Overall Theme setting.
The ShareLaTeX editor is at the core of Overleaf v2, on top of the Overleaf ecosystem. Your ShareLaTeX account has been transferred to Overleaf v2 and you can log in to it on Overleaf as you would normally. If you already had an Overleaf account with the same email address, your Overleaf projects will be there as well. In this case, you may be asked to confirm your email address. If you no longer have access to your email to confirm it, please get in touch with our support team.
Will I still have access to all of my data?
Yes. Your data will never be deleted, locked behind a paywall, or hidden from you. Both Overleaf and ShareLaTeX have always put users and their data first, and will continue to do so as part of Overleaf v2. If you are having difficulties finding any of your projects, please get in touch with our support team, and we will ensure you have access to everything you have created on either site.
Updated 18 Dec 2020
For Overleaf v1 Pro account holders: Since the launch of Overleaf v2 in September 2018, we've kept the old Overleaf v1 billing system running in the background so that our subscribers from v1 could continue their subscriptions without making any changes to their account. The vast majority of our v1 subscribers have now transitioned to new Overleaf v2 subscriptions, so the time has come to shut down the old system.
From 1 Jan 2021 onward, it will no longer be possible to renew Overleaf v1 subscriptions. If you have an active v1 subscription, it will continue running until its renewal date, after which you will have to move to one of our current plans. We'll contact everyone with one of the affected v1 subscriptions by email.
If your account temporarily does not have a subscription, that will not cause any change to your projects. Free accounts have access to protected projects and unlimited space, so your projects will always be available on your account.
If you have any questions or concerns about renewing your subscription, please contact us.
For ShareLaTeX premium account holders: Overleaf v2 fully supports ShareLaTeX premium accounts, so you will not lose access to any paid features.
We assure you that your premium account in Overleaf v2 will have the equivalent or better features than what you had in ShareLaTeX or Overleaf v1. You will not need to make any changes to your account — we will provide you with information if any premium account changes occur.
Will my institutional / publisher / enterprise account continue to work as normal?
Yes. Your account will continue to run exactly as it does now whilst we work on the combined service. We will be in touch with you to offer the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have, and you’ll be consulted for feedback and input as we develop the combined service. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions, or to ask for an update.
Yes. Both Overleaf and ShareLaTeX are committed to ensuring that all of the open ShareLaTeX codebase will remain open source and will continue to be actively developed. Overleaf v2 is built on the same open source code as ShareLaTeX and will also be open source.
Yes. Server Pro will continue to be a core product, with all of the best features of both platforms going forward.
I have some additional questions. Who should I contact?
Please get in touch with our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Creating a document in Overleaf
- Uploading a project
- Copying a project
- Creating a project from a template
- Using the Overleaf project menu
- Including images in Overleaf
- Exporting your work from Overleaf
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- Using bibliographies in Overleaf
- Sharing your work with others
- Using the History feature
- Debugging Compilation timeout errors
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