Simple question: I have a folder I'd like to add to my MikTex search path (containing a stack of include and .sty files.)

For the life of me, I can't seem to figure out how to add a folder to the search path.

(For the record, I'm on Windows 7, and using TeXWorks to generate pdf files via XeLaTex, all installed via MikTex 2.8 )

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    Not a duplicate of this? Include additional Packages - closed
    – Count Zero
    Sep 30, 2011 at 17:43
  • That questions is more about "what is the search path now"; I'm more interested in "how do I change the search path", that is, I don't want to use any of the default locations. Sep 30, 2011 at 17:49

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Open "Maintenance" or "Maintenance (Admin)" in Start Menu, select "Settings". You will open "MiKTeX Options" window. (a.k.a MiKTeX Console for Windows)

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You can add a root path of your own. e.g. X:\localtexmf\

Then you can put your own LaTeX styles into X:\localtexmf\tex\latex\WHATEVER. tex\latex is predefined position in TDS, you can't use arbitrary directory structure.

Then run "Refresh FNDB" command in "General" tab in "MiKTeX Options" window.

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    "Maintenance"? I have Windows 7, but don't understand what you are talking about.
    – Jason S
    May 30, 2014 at 19:49

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