I am using texmaker 4.0.3 and would like to use forward/backward search. If if right-click my tex document I get the possibility 'go to pdf', but it doesnt seem to do anything. I suppose my configurations are somehow wrong, but I couldn't figure out how to get them right. These are my configurations:

latex -synctex=1  -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex
pdflatex  -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

xelatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex
latexmk -e "$pdflatex=q/pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode/" -pdf %.tex
bibtex %.aux
makeindex %.idx
dvips -o %.ps %.dvi
dvipdfm %.dvi
ps2pdf %.ps
mpost --interaction nonstopmode
"C:/Program Files/Asymptote/asy.exe" %.asy
"C:/Program Files/gs/gs9.05/bin/gswin32c.exe"
C:/Program Files/R/R-2.13.2/bin/R.exe CMD Sweave %.Rnw

"C:/Program Files (x86)/MiKTeX 2.9/miktex/bin/yap.exe" -1  -s @%.tex   %.dvi

"C:/Program Files/Ghostgum/gsview/gsview32.exe"   %.ps

Pdf viewer:
pdf internal viewer used and additionally this statement
"C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Reader 10.0/Reader/AcroRd32.exe"  %.pdf
  • Are you using the internal viewer, or Adobe Reader? Not sure if it is possible to use Reader, but the internal viewer should just work. Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43

4 Answers 4


Install the latest version of Texmaker. You do not need to configure anything for forward/backward search in the inbuilt pdf viewer window.

Just before jumping, do following

  1. Define your master document from Options menu
  2. Run i) pdflatex ii) bibtex iii)pdflatex iv)pdflatex. (if you are using bibliography)

Then try forward/backward search. I hope it will work.

  • You only need one run of pdflatex for source-pdf synchronization. Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 10:44
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    Unfortunately this does not do the trick, although I really didn't know I had to define the document as maser. Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 13:00
  • @Torbjorn: I am using the recent release and the internal viewer :-( Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 13:01
  1. If you have a standard LaTeX distribution (miktex, texlive or mactex), you don't have to modify the commands and the pdf synchronization works directly without modifying anything. You should reset yours settings : Option -> settings file -> reset settings)
  2. To compile the document, just use the "Quick build" command (in the "pdflatex+View pdf" mode : this is the default mode) and that's all.. You should try first with a basic document.

Note : the synchronization is made by the synctex tool and, like a lot of latex tools, synctex doesn't support spaces or special characters in the file name.

  • I use miktex. I reset my options. If I say: switch to pdf, it actually makes the pdf viewer the active window, but it doesn't go to the correct position in the document... Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 16:33
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    Just take a look here : http://youtu.be/u6wPjGxUzR4?hd=1
    – user27168
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 19:06

Please make sure that you do not have an apostrophe in the file path. The forward and reverse lookup seems to break under this condition. For instance, "Bob's Document.tex" might compile to pdf with pdflatex, but the reverse lookup probably won't work.

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    Thank bremen_matt, not only apostrophes cause problems but any special letter. Make sure you use only ASCII letters in your filepath, filename and in general. This fixed my problem. Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 8:15

in options in commands tab enable the embed view of pdf. then inverse search works:)

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    could you please elaborate a little further? this hardly feels like an answer
    – naphaneal
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 2:24
  • I use latest version Texmaker. in this editor open tab options then configure Texmaker then select commands tab. in this menu there is selection under the pdf viewer: Enable Embed.
    – mary
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 6:35

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