I am sorry if my question is too silly, I am totally new to LaTeX.

I have just downloaded TeXstudio 2 days ago and am trying to include some figures/images in the document. I found out about the \includegraphics command but cannot understand how it works at all. Every guide I have found jump to something like


and I don't have a clue how I am supposed to use the command except that I need to use the package graphicx.

Where do I have to put my images so that TeXstudio can find it? Let's say I have an image called cat.png located at C:\Users\ASUS\Desktop\PICS, do I just type \includegraphics{cat} and TeXstudio is going to magically find it?

  • If it is in the same folder as the .tex file, it will find magically find it. The package also has the command \graphicspath so you could put the images in a subdirectory (e.g., \graphicspath{{jpg/}{png/}}) -- though how this works exactly on Windows is not clear to me. Luckily there are experts around.... – jon Mar 30 '16 at 5:31
  • Can anybody post the authoritative link to the \includegraphics command documentation? – William Entriken Apr 8 '20 at 20:26
  • Using amsart the command \includegraphics is not recognized. – Jim Stasheff Jul 25 '20 at 13:07
  • This video contains your answer. How to add a figure in LaTeX using \includegraphics – Independent Aug 4 '20 at 13:45

The easiest way is to put the pictures in the same directory as your (main) LaTeX document. Then


is working fine. If you put it in some subfolder (relative to the main document) you say, e.g.


Or you can define where LaTeX should look for pictures using the \graphicspath command in the preamble, e.g. when you sort your pictures to corresponding folders


and LaTeX will search the folders in the given order using the first found picture matching the name given to \includegraphics.

  • Thank you a lot! It seems to be working after I move the image to the same folder containing the document. Just 1 more question, I still don't quite understand the structure of \graphicspath command. Could you please explain it in a bit more detailed? – BigbearZzz Mar 30 '16 at 5:38
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    Have a look at that question and the corresponding answers. Is that enough? – Stefan Pinnow Mar 30 '16 at 7:20
  • You really helped me a lot, thank you again. I wish I could upvote more than 1 time. – BigbearZzz Mar 30 '16 at 7:32

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