I downloaded MiKtex 2.9 for windows 8 64 bit, but I can't find out how to run that software as there is no shortcut on desktop or on the APP page. If any one has used Miktex on windows 8 OS then please help me on the issue.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX. You need to run pdflatex on your document from the command line. A quick google search for 'LaTeX introduction' should get you started, or you can run texdoc lshort. Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 7:38
  • I guess the right shortcut is to TeXnicCenter - maybe if you search for the .exe, you will have a link you can turn into a shortcut. Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 8:20

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MiKTeX includes TeXWorks, a (basic) editor for (La)TeX. If you search in windows 8 you'll find it. Sometimes apps/programs don't get added to the start screen, so manually pin this to start.

Other options are to use your own favorite text editor(check the list at LaTeX Editors/IDEs for good editors) and use the commandline to run pdflatex document.tex or texify -p -b document.tex(-p for pdf, -b for non-interactive mode).

If you need a syntex-file, use the following command with texify: texify -p -b --tex-option="--synctex=1" document.tex.


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