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How can I manually install a package on MiKTeX (Windows)

I'm new to LaTeX, investigating using it for some work projects. I'm using MiKTeX on Windows. My employer's locked-down network blocks the application's automatic installation function. I can take ...
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Using Notepad++ with MiKTeX on Windows

I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows. So far I've been using LeD to compile my PDFs (using pdflatex). I want to start using Notepad++ to compile my LaTeX PDFs as I've lately become very fond of this ...
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Does standalone LaTeX exist?

Is there a standalone version of LaTeX that might run of, say, a USB stick? So a version that doesn't need installing. I am looking for something to run under Windows.
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Which (La)TeX IDE(s) have good warning/error analysis

We are successfully using LaTeX at our company to create our product documentation. We have a custom document class that works OK and we currently use TeXnicCenter to edit our documentation. "We" are ...
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Install Biber in MiKTeX on a 64-bit version of Windows

The question Biblatex + Biber + Texmaker + MiKTeX describe how to use Biber with MiKTeX. But on the 64-bit version of MiKTeX Biber isn't installed. How it is possible to install Biber on a 64-bit ...
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Using MiKTeX and TeX Live on the same computer?

Is there anything I should be aware of if I want to install MiKTeX and TeX Live on the same computer? Are there any problems, any incompatabilities? Is it even possible? I imagine there could be some ...
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Best practice of (technically) preparing files (on Windows systems) for CTAN

Similar questions were asked before but I did not found one for the recently discovered problem. What I want to do is uploading a package to CTAN which is in good technical shape. I did this before ...
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How to install arara with MiKTeX / Windows?

Arara is a tool to automate your LaTeX workflow. It comes pre-installed with TeXLive 2012. However, I could not find any reference on how to install it on MikTeX / Windows. In the documentation it ...
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?
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Is the Windows logo available?

I'm surprised I don't see this addressed quickly with a Google search, but I don't see it there or on this site. Does anyone know of a Windows logo symbol in LaTeX? I used Dextify, but couldn't ...
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What is the difference between the basic MiKTeX and the complete MiKTeX?

I am just starting out with LaTeX on Windows XP, and I was advised to install MiKTeX. What would I get in the complete MiKTeX that isn't in basic MiKTeX?
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wxLua in LuaLaTeX

I have some problems using wxLua in LuaLateX. This works: lua simpleui.lua (print instead of tex.print) But if i try this: lualatex wx.tex it doesn't work. \documentclass{article} ...
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How do I find which pgf version I have installed on Windows (MikTeX)?

I'm not sure how to find which version of pgf with MikTeX installed on my computer (Windows 7 - 64 bit).
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pdfopen / pdfclose don't work with Acrobat/Adobe Reader XI

Can anybody explain how to get pdfopen/pdfclose working for Adobe Reader XI? If you could make your instructions as detailed as possible that would be really appreciated. I'm using Miktex 2.9 on ...
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How do I install TeX/LaTeX on Windows 7

I am new to TeX/LaTeX. How do I install TeX on Windows 7? It seems that there are many different implementations, so which one is best for my OS?
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Impossible to save LaTeX file in Texmaker on Windows

Yesterday, I downloaded the latest version of MiKTeX and Texmaker and started using XeLaTeX. Today, I am no longer able to compile or save any .tex file. When I try to do so, a message pops up: “The ...
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Different compilation times with different Operating Systems

I have noticed that when compiling or rather typesetting with XeLaTeX, I experience very different compilation times on different Operating Systems. When I typeset on Windows, the compilation process ...
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How to install syntax highlight package minted on Windows 7?

I followed the instruction from this link: http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/minted/ Firstly, I install Python 2.7, then create a folder named Scripts in the directory: ...
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How to work with two encodings?

I'll try to explain my problem here. I know that there are many posts dealing with this but I'm still confused. We have many files from different machines with different systems. The important is: ...
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Specifying an absolute Windows path for \includegraphics

I know that includegraphics can be used in Latex to include images into the document, but how can I specify a path for that file? \includegraphics[]{picture-name} Instead of asdd.jpg I want to ...
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How to get a list of all available (TTF-) Fonts with XeTeX?

Very neat that I can use any available Truetype font on my Windows machien with MikTex and XeTeX. %!TEX TS-program = xelatex %!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode \documentclass[]{article} ...
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How do I get started with LaTeX on Windows XP?

My only knowledge of LaTeX is that it is a markup language that lets me concentrate on the structure of my document rather than its appearance. It uses tags similar to HTML. My problem is that I've ...
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Where is “texmf” on a Windows install?

On UNIX you have the texmf folder in your home directory where you store packages you've installed yourself, but where is that folder on a Windows install? Yeah, I know that if you use MiKTeX then ...
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Is it possible to run LuaTeX from a USB flash drive

I am looking for ways to install and run LuaTeX on a USB flash drive (Windows operating system).
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Cross Platform LaTeX Build System

I am on Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) and would like to be able to execute one command to completely compile a PDF from source .tex files (including all required runs to get the table of contents, ...
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Autocompile LaTeX doc when updated in Windows (via dropbox, in this case)

Goal: I'd like to be able to have a script running on my Windows computer that autogenerates the PDF of my LaTeX doc whenever the main .tex doc gets updated. Use case is I am editing the .tex file ...
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Can pdf thumbnail previews in file explorer be influenced?

Some pdf files have a nice preview thumbnail in Windows (7) Explorer, e.g. those produced by my the software of my scanner: For my LaTeX files produced with pdfTeX, however, it just shows the ...
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Windows API error 5: “Access is denied” when trying to compile TikZ picture

I installed PGF but are unable to compile the following document: \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage{pgf,tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) --(1,2); \end{tikzpicture} ...
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How to create Windows-8-styled menus?

I'm writing a technical documentation and I want to explain step-by-step how to go through various menus. For example I used to write Open with > VLC media player. That's how it looks in Windows ...
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installing comicsans to TeX Live, Windows

I need help to install the comicsans package and the fonts. My system is TeX Live 2011, and Windows 7. Below is what I did: Copied comic.ttf and comicbd.ttf in C:\texlive\texmf-local\fonts\ttf. (I ...
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BibDesk-like software for Windows

I'm not sure if this is a proper question for this site. But since TeX and bibliographic citations are closely linked, I'll go ahead. I have just started using BibDesk and "I like it" is an ...
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tlmgr error: perl.exe has stopped working

I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. ...
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What is the optimal LaTeX WYSIWYG editor/platform (quality/price) for Windows 8?

I am doing lots of Math and also writing; want to use in the future LaTeX and seeking the adivce of this community. What is the optimal WYSIWYG editor/platform (quality/price) for Windows 8? Why?
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Fast, Cheap, WYSIWYG program

(This is close to some previous questions, but I wasn't able to find a question that directly covers it.) I want a program that allows me to quickly type a snippet of LaTeX code in and will ...
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LaTeX for Microsoft Surface

I have my new Microsoft Surface and I was wondering whether it's possible to install pieces of software like MikTeX and TexMaker on this tablet. Does anyone know?
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Math Input Panel in Windows 7 and LaTeX writing

I just found out about the Math Input Panel in Windows 7,and now there is commercial software using it for LaTex writing. For example Inlage. If you have a look of their first demo video, you know ...
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How to work with LaTeX such that files are interchangeable linux/unix/windows?

I am mosly using pdflatex. One recurring problem is that the encoding used on Linux (my system), UTF8, is different from on Windows, I use \inputencoding{utf8} on Windows one must use (well, to ...
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Is there an equation editor for Windows?

Is there anything like LaTeXit, a Mac-only program, that converts math equations into LaTeX code, for windows?
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Standalone LaTeX editor/renderer for Windows?

Is there any small and simple program (or even library) that can render LaTeX locally as you type? I'm looking for something pretty much like this page, which auto-renders immediately as you type, ...
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Is there any way to get LaTeX in OneNote?

Any thoughts on how to get LaTeX in OneNote?
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How do I install ConTeXt alongside MikTeX

I would like to give ConTeXt a shot. It is likely just me, but I am finding the installation guide on the wiki a little confusing, e.g. Do I need Ruby or not? Does that depend on the installer, ...
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Where do the local arara rules live under windows?

I know they go under ~/.arara under unix platforms, but I tried having them under %USERPROFILE%\.arara, and they are not getting picked up.
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Sequence of upgrading to TeX Live 2013

Since TUG says there is no upgrade from TeX Live 2012 to 2013, it has to be a new install. However, I do not want to have two versions of TeX Live and I don't want to mess up system PATH (Windows 7). ...
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Can I make write18 send command lines to Cygwin bash instead of Windows command interpreter?

I am using Windows 7, Cygwin (CYGWIN_NT-6.6-WOW64), and MiKTeX 2.9. I am trying to compile a document of a friend of mine who has written a specific document class file (.cls), a class that is able to ...
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Problem with typing “^” in Texmaker? [closed]

I am using Texmaker for making documents in Latex. However for some reason I am not able to type the symbol "^". I am able to type other symbols which require you to hold SHIFT + {other key}, such as ...
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How can I balance uniformity of style files against modularity?

I'm using Windows/TeXworks/MiKTeX, and I would like to have one style file I can use anywhere in any document in my top-level folder. If I want to add a new command or renew an old one, I'd like that ...
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AUCTeX preview font size too small

I have Emacs 24 and AUCTex on a Windows 7 machine, however the preview font size is just way too small. Is there a way to make them bigger?
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How to create pdf with command line using MiKTeX?

I downloaded and installed MikTeX on my machine (Windows 7), then when I run the command: latex ex.tex the outputs were: ex.aux ex.dvi ex.log So my question is, what option could I use to ...
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How do I change styles in markdown2pdf?

I'm a markdown user, and am just getting my feet wet in latex for PDF creation. I'm using Pandoc and MikTex on Windows 7. The following command gives me a nice PDF document: markdown2pdf ...
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How to set a new clean arara rule that circumvents Dropbox interference in Windows?

arara is a cool tool for LaTeX automation, it works by setting your directives (i.e., a code line in tex document) to tell arara what to run next in a specific order that best suits your LaTeX ...