How can I change the folder in which the stationery files are placed? (By 'stationery' I mean templates, sorry for the confusion. The former is the TeXShop terminology.) I have several systems linked via dropbox like "windows" with "Texniccenter". So, I have created a general folder in which I save those. it was easy to set up the folder for Texniccenter - but what can I do about TeXShop?

  • What do you mean by 'stationary'? The auxiliary files? (.aux, .toc, . .bbl, etc.) Did you use the auxdir` option to specify the folder? I don't think MacTeX has that option. – Torbjørn T. Mar 26 '14 at 10:35
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    Close voters, the question may be unclear, but it was only posted an hour ago and the OP hasn't visited the site since. Please give him/her the chance to clarify before closing the question. – jub0bs Mar 26 '14 at 10:58
  • Sorry, I mean templates. Hence Charles' answer is not helping. Thanks so far :) – FooBar Mar 26 '14 at 11:06
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    And for those of you not using Macs, if the question looks fairly OS specific (or in this case editor specific) you might also want to hold off and let those OS users (in this case Mac users) or users of that specific editor have a go at it before deciding that it's unclear. The question as asked was perfectly clear to me as a TeXShop user. – Alan Munn Mar 26 '14 at 12:14

The Stationery folder in TeXShop is stored in ~/Library/TeXShop and its location can't be changed because TeXShop will automatically recreate it from a backup if it is moved or deleted. However, as long as the folder exists, TeXShop will be content. So it's perfectly possible to create the folder somewhere else (like your Dropbox folder) and then place a symbolic link to that folder in the ~/Library/TeXShop folder.

Here's how to do this: (it might be wise to make a backup of your Stationary folder just in case.)

  1. Close TeXShop
  2. In the Finder, move the existing Stationery folder to your shared position and give it another name (this isn't necessary, but it helps keep the folders distinguished). For this example I will assume it is called SharedStationary and is in your Dropbox folder.
  3. Open a Terminal window and make the symbolic link:

    ln -s ~/Dropbox/SharedStationery ~/Library/TeXShop/Stationery

When you restart TeXShop, it will see the SharedStationery folder as its Stationery folder.

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  • I was trying exactly the same before, using the "Create alias" in the Finder. I thought it'd amount to the same, but apparently, it does not. Thanks, works like a charm. – FooBar Mar 26 '14 at 12:18

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