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I know this question might appear a lot on this site, but I didn't find the asnwer I was looking for.

  • I'm a Windows user (Ultimate 7 64-bit).
  • Using Microsoft Word since forever.
  • I want the final document to be in PDF.
  • I do not have much time to try many software to decide which to use.

So, any recommendation on what to install? I know I must learn about tex and stuff through time, but meanwhile I need a specific software recommendation.

PS: I KNOW I need to drop my WYSIWYG habits on this.

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This question is certainly gonna be interesting for you. (Duplicate?) –  doncherry Apr 30 '11 at 16:56
    
Well, I think you can still use Microsoft Word. If you just want to typeset some mathematics and produce PDF output, Word (2007 or later) is enough. –  Leo Liu Apr 30 '11 at 17:56

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I have two strong recommendations:

  • TeXworks: if you like it quick and easy, it's usually already installed by MiKTeX and TeX Live, so just try.

  • TeXnicCenter: if you would like to work with a complex LaTeX editor with project management and a lot of features, toolbars and output options.

Further LaTeX editors for Windows are listed here: Distributions, Editors and Viewer for Windows.

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Using TeXworks for about 8 hours now and loving it! Already compiled a college report beautifully :D –  Felipe Solís May 1 '11 at 3:21

If you are using Microsoft Word and are happy with the results, except that you need the PDF output, you might try a PDF printer. You can try CutePDF Writer, or just go for Adobe Acrobat. But I have to say that even the basic installation of MiKTeX should suffice and soon you will be satisfied with the results.

As with most things in life, there is a learning curve for LaTeX, so don't be discouraged if it takes a while before you get used to it. Remember that there's a huge community of people willing to help you in your learning process. And the results you get are totally worth the time it will take to learn it.

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Newer versions also come with a pdf export function. Downloads are available for older versions as well. –  ipavlic Jun 17 '11 at 12:10

I'd definitely recommend Notepad++. It is the most universal text editor on Windows, and can be customized as easily for typesetting as it can be for programming.

You can follow the this link (along with the recommendations in the comments) for a very useful experience.

Using Notepad++ with MiKTeX on Windows

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