I am trying to use bibtex for the first time. I am on windows 7, using TeXstudio. I am trying to follow the steps of this webpage (in French).

I have created a .bib file, put it in the right directory and written the code in my .tex file. However, I do not know how to compile bibtex with TeXstudio (I looked around in the menus but didn't find it).

Most tutorials I found don't explain how to do it, or say to run a command, which I'm not sure how to do.

Any help much appreciated!


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See here, Tools Menu

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You can change the shortcut using the Options/Configure TeXstudio...

I'm using F10 but the default is F11.

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    May be if possible you could reload screenshots with default shortcuts F11 because you say F11 in comments and screenshot shows F10 (I know you have changed for your convenience), may be confusing for others. Jan 27, 2014 at 15:04
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    Seems the default has been changed to F8. Feb 24, 2017 at 10:11

Coming from TeXworks, I found this frustrating because I was used to being able to compile LaTeX and BibTeX all in one go. You can do this in TeXstudio, as well. If you select Options> Configure TeXstudio..., and select Build from the lefthand menu, you'll see a screen (below) that explains the default commands that are run for the various menu buttons and/or keyboard shortcuts. Now you might need to tick the box next to Show Advanced Options and then not untick it because it seems like there is a bug at least in version 2.10.8 of TeXstudio on Ubuntu 16.04. If you modify the Default Compiler option (by clicking the wrench button to the right of the text box), you'll be able to enter a series of commands to run when you compile. The screenshot below, for example, shows how to set this up to run pdflatex, bibtex, pdflatex, pdflatex in order to resolve all cross-references.

Edit by geras: I suppose you could now also turn off the Repeat contained compilation commands button to save some time on compilation but I am not sure about it because I am a newbie.

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For those who doesn't have the GUI "wrench" edit option to edit the text-boxes, you can write:

txs:///pdflatex | txs:///bibtex | txs:///pdflatex | txs:///pdflatex | txs:///view-pdf

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