Because of some journals sill require bibtex, I wanted to configure WinEdt to work with both bibtex and biber.

I installed the LaTeXify and now have the B+ button as shown here:

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I am now trying to modify the commands for the "B+" button to work with Biber and leave the "B" button to work with bibtex. I modified the MainMenu.ini file as follows:

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The "B+" button still remains grayed out. Can you help me get the "B+" configured to work such that after I run PDFLaTeX for example, the "B+" becomes active, then exectute biber when I select it? Thanks.

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    Is this somehow related to TeX or is it just about the configuration of the editor?
    – Ruben
    Apr 12, 2016 at 21:06
  • I would consider this both...it is TeX related and involves configuration of the WinEdt editor. Thanks.
    – Joe
    Apr 12, 2016 at 21:08
  • But it already works with biber if you have specified backend=biber on loading biblatex! Why do you want to change the default code?
    – Bernard
    Apr 12, 2016 at 21:33
  • @Bernard, some journals require bibtex instead of biber (for example the OSA Optica Journal). I wanted to be able to have one button for bibtex, and then another for biber. I tried your recommendation in the journal sty file but that does not work. Thanks.
    – Joe
    Apr 12, 2016 at 21:42
  • But you have a button for biber and another for bibtex, and specifying the backend decides which button is greyed and which is not. I don't understand where your problem is.
    – Bernard
    Apr 12, 2016 at 22:16

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Don't modify the winedt macros. There will work out of the box.

You can see in the macros a filter line:


This filter contains a pattern for the bcf-file and means that the button can only be used if a bcf-file exists which biber can process. Run a small document with biblatex and then your button will be active.

On my system after a clean up the buttons look like this: enter image description here

And after the compilation: enter image description here. The bibtex button is now active too as its filter checks for the aux-file. The index button will be active if an idx exists.

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