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I have TeXworks for creating and viewing LaTeX documents, and that is working great.

A while ago, I also downloaded SumatraPDF viewer because some people told me it was better than other ones.

I am wondering (1) if there's any advantage to using SumatraPDF instead of the build-in viewer that came with TeXworks, and (2) how to do that, if it's a good plan.

Please note that I'm a total computer newbie, I don't know what "DDE" commands are, and I couldn't understand most of what I read in related posts from this (and other) forums. Also I am not interested in spending money, and I will be using these programs primarily for creating mathematics articles. And I'm on a Windows computer. I have Adobe Reader too for viewing docs, but I was told SumatraPDF is faster.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. Related Thread tex.stackexchange.com/questions/95380/… – texenthusiast May 10 '14 at 4:02
I'm using TexStudio and Sumatra and I really like the way these two programs can be combined. TexStudio also has a built-in viewer but I like the way Sumatra can be controlled much more. If you need a good explanation how to set up TexStudio and Sumatra you can have a look here: robjhyndman.com/hyndsight/texstudio-sumatrapdf – bene May 10 '14 at 14:19
Not a duplicate, but related: Suppress TeXworks PDF preview. If you use those instructions and manually open the PDF in Sumatra, it'll reload the updated PDF whenever it changes. Also, Adobe Reader is more of a pain to integrate with, since it locks the PDF from being modified while it's open, unlike Sumatra. – Mike Renfro May 10 '14 at 14:25
@MikeRenfro Yes that's why I wanted to use Sumatra. Is there a way to make it the default? That's the part I couldn't figure out. – user51433 May 10 '14 at 14:42
I don't think there's any way to make TeXWorks use an alternate viewer. – Mike Renfro May 10 '14 at 14:52

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