I am using Windows 7 x64 with MikTex and WinEdt. I just found latexmk has the function for continuous preview when we type latex document. I would like to know if this works if I type my latex document with WinEdt? I didn't read the manual carefully, but I don't know where I shoud add this command latexmk -pvc -pdf foo. Also, should I try to find a way for auto saving the changed document in order to make latexmk work?

  • I have found that I have installed latexmk when I installed and updated my MikTeX 2.9. But still don't know how to add this command latexmk -pvc -pdf foo – user565739 Nov 1 '11 at 2:31
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The simplest way to run latexmk in its continuous preview mode is to start a command window, change directory to where the LaTeX document is, and then type in the command latexmk -pvc -pdf foo. Then latexmk will run continuously, regularly checking the source files for changes. To stop it, either type a control+C or close the command window.

Possibly there's a way of doing this directly from WinEdt, but an expert on WinEdt would need to tell you about that. It is also possible to set up a file association in Windows so that you can right-click on an icon for the LaTeX file and get the above command run; but I don't have a Windows 7 computer to work out the instructions.

There's no need for autosaving the file. Manual saving is better. With the above command, latexmk will compile your document shortly after you save a changed source file. (An autosave is liable to save your file in the middle of the typing of a LaTeX command, which will result in an error in the compilation, and that will probably be excessively annoying.)

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