I am a Windows user. I use Winshell to edit Latex. In the Winshell toolbar, there is a magnifier sign labelled with PDF. When I click on it to view my document as PDF, it views it in GSView. I want to view it in Adobe Reader. I tried to set Adobe Reader as default program in my Windows Default Programs from the Control Panel, but this did not help. Can you help?

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    Well, you shouldn't use Acrobat Reader with LaTeX: it locks the pdf file, and when you recompile, you have to think of closing the .pdf first. The recommended viewer for Windows is SumatraPDF, which is ultra-light (4Mo, as opposed to Adobe's monster), ultra-fast, has a 64-bit version, does not lock pdfs, and has direct and inverse search capability.
    – Bernard
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 21:42
  • Ok. How to make Winshell opens SumatraPDF instead of GSView. Because I have the same issue. I downloaded Sumatra and WinShell still uses GSView. Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 21:46

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Go to the Options -> Program calls menu and select PDFView. In the exe -File fill form, select the path to SumatraPDF.exe, as in this image: enter image description here

I don't know how to configure direct search for Winshell and SumatraPDF, but I think you must find the relevant information on the web.

For inverse search, there's an answer to this question.


For setting up WinShell for direct and inverse search, see the Winshell manual and the FAQ at WinShell’s webside. This is direct cite from the web:

Sumatra PDF: Synchronization « The setup is described in detail in the WinShell manual.

In short, please make sure, that the WinShell command line option for pdflatex looks like this:

-interaction=nonstopmode -synctex=-1 "%s.tex"

Now, please "browse..." in the WinShell options for pdfview for the sumatrapdf executable. The command line for pdfview will be set automatically.

In SumatraPDF... No settings at all which need to be changed

Now, in WinShell, press F10, F10, F11. SumtraPDF will open with your PDF.

In WinShell... If you move your text cursor to a specific position and press F11, SumtraPDF will jump to that specific position in the PDF

In SumatraPDF... If you double click your left mouse button somewhere in the text, WinShell will jump to that specific position in the tex file

The setup with Sumatra is described at page 12-13 in WinShell Manual. Remember to change the path to the program files to reflect the correct path on you computer:

-reuse-instance -inverse-search "\"C:\Program Files\WinShell\WinShell.exe\"     -c %f -l %l" "%s.pdf"

If you have installed WinShell in another path than C:\Program Files, change to where your winshell.exe is located.

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