I am about to start using the nomencl package.

I have realized that the makeindex command is needed.

It would be nice to be able to access that command in WinEdt similarly as can be done with for example bibtex. There is also a button in the WinEdt GUI for executing makeindex, but it is greyed out. The executable is there, so I cannot understand why it is greyed out/disabled.

  1. I saw someone asking the same question in another forum, but it seemed like noone could help that person http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.editors.winedt/7379.
  2. I also found a page http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/tpl/textprocessing/miktex.html claiming

    WinEdt and makeindex - For nomenclatures and making an index you'll need to use makeindex. This is installed, but the menu option is greyed out even if you ask for it using the customisation option. The solution is to click the option to get a command line prompt and type in the makeindex line (the line you need will be in the "nomenclatures" or "makeindex" documentation) [2008]

    that this buttun is not supposed to work (my interpretation).

  3. I also found a page makeindex style where one of the responses to a question clearly indicates that this button actually could work.

Can someone please help me out with this?

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    Use the nomencl package from winedt winedt.org/config/menus/Nomenclature.html – Ulrike Fischer Apr 19 '17 at 10:06
  • Thanks. This makes is possible to create the nomenclature, by creating the "Make Nomenclature" option available under the "TeX" menu, but it did not solve my question about the greyed out button for "Make Index". – Lars Abrahamsson Apr 19 '17 at 14:49
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    You don't have an index. The index source file has normally the ending *.idx and as winedt sees that it isn't present it doesn't activate the button (nomencl use the ending .nlo and not .idx). – Ulrike Fischer Apr 19 '17 at 14:52
  • Ah. So it is inherent in the file suffix used by nomencl? – Lars Abrahamsson Apr 19 '17 at 14:54
  • Sorry I don't understand the question. What do you mean by "it"? – Ulrike Fischer Apr 19 '17 at 14:56

I suggest you install the Nomenclature package from the community of WinEdt users, WinEdt.org. It will add a Make Nomenclature item to the TeX menu. Here is a direct link for the package.

No button is installed in the toolbar. If you want to have one, open the Toolbar.ini file with the Options interface and insert BUTTON="Make_Nomenclature" between lines 359 and 360 of Toolbar.ini:


and click on the Load Current Script icon.

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    Freudian slip? It ill add? ;-) – user31729 Apr 19 '17 at 10:17
  • I was probably thinking of Nomenklatura :o) – Bernard Apr 19 '17 at 11:56
  • Hi, as I replied to Ulrike, this makes it possible creating nomenclatures, but it does still not make it possible to use the "Make Index" button which I think is more convenient than going through drop down menus. – Lars Abrahamsson Apr 19 '17 at 14:52
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    Ah. You are speaking about the button. You could add one, see the winedt documentation, but I personally never use buttons. I would use the keyboard shortcut. – Ulrike Fischer Apr 19 '17 at 14:59
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    @Lars Abrahamsson: I added an explanation to to explain how to get a Make Nomenclature button in the tool bar (it's not installed by default). – Bernard Apr 19 '17 at 15:49

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