I'm using TeXworks version 0.4.3 r857 (MiKTeX 2.9) in Windows 7.

Usually I use TeXShop on the Mac, but my Mac G5 is in need of repair. So now on the Windows side I'm wondering if there is an equivalent for the palette full of oft-used math symbols. Also, what about macros for common typographical edits? Do such things exist or is one forced to type in all the math symbols and typographical commands by hand?

  • Are you looking for something like TeXnicCenter (see also the GUI snapshot)
    – knut
    Nov 2, 2013 at 20:58
  • ... or WinEdt (Check the section GUI Page Control (TeX Symbols))
    – knut
    Nov 2, 2013 at 21:06
  • You can try Texstudio, which has palettes for symbols and commands.
    – noir
    Nov 2, 2013 at 21:17
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    Not in TeXworks, but as mentioned there are several other editors providing this. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/339/latex-editors-ides for a big list of alternative editors, some of which has this feature. Nov 2, 2013 at 21:24
  • Use whatever editor you like -- as for IDEs, I like TeXlipse -- and look up symbols with Detexify.
    – Raphael
    Nov 2, 2013 at 23:14

2 Answers 2


Yes, there are editors with such GUIs.

  1. Winedt:

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You have to press the \Sigma button (shown in red rectangle in picture) to open the math palette. It has also the AMS symbols etc as you can see from the list (inside green rectangle). Caveat: It is shareware.

2. Texmaker:

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3. Texstudio:

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In both TeXmaker and TeXstudio, these palettes can be activated from the buttons available in the sidebar.

4. TeXnicCenter:

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You can activate the toolbars by View → Toolbars as in the picture.

5. Kile (can be installed in windows too :-)...)

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  • Ah! Now how do I correct the enumeration?
    – user11232
    Nov 3, 2013 at 2:14
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    See my edit! (HTML comment character is your friend.)
    – Alan Munn
    Nov 3, 2013 at 2:35
  • @AlanMunn Thanks Alan. I tried it but with wrong number of dashes. :-(. Some how I keep forgetting these things.
    – user11232
    Nov 3, 2013 at 2:47

Check out: https://www.caam.rice.edu/~heinken/latex/symbols.pdf This is a pdf document listing all mathematical symbols with Latex coding. Nice document to have for reference.

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