From the beginning it was not working. I first checked the commands pannel in the configuration and corrected it but to no avail. I selected my file in the pdflatex in the commands panel but there was a error.

Error: Could not start the command: "C:/Users/jisha1211/Desktop/document 3.tex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "document 3".tex

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    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:59
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    Oct 4, 2014 at 3:00
  • What editor do you use? The problem seems to be the " " surrounding the name of the file (without extension).
    – Guido
    Oct 4, 2014 at 3:47
  • @guido - The double quotes would seem to be correct, as they serve to "protect" a space embedded in the file name. (Of course, it would be better if the file name didn't contain a space to begin with.)
    – Mico
    Oct 4, 2014 at 3:50

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There may be some fundamental confusion over what needs to run. You should probably run the command as

pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "document 3".tex

I.e., pdflatex is the executable program, not document 3.tex. Since your tex file isn't executable, it's not surprising that the operating system throws an error.

You haven't indicated which front end (editing) program you use. Which program do you use, and how did you configure its "command panel"?

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