I've got a file which contains the following:

\input amstex
\documentstyle {amsppt}

I've TeXnicCenter downloaded on my computer, I can open this file with it, but it doesn't want to build. Could you please help me to solve this problem?

  • 3
    You need to run pdftex on it, rather than pdflatex
    – egreg
    Dec 2, 2017 at 9:44

1 Answer 1


You need to use Plain TeX for processing your file, not LaTeX.

You can find instructions to set up TeXnicCenter for running Plain TeX at How can I use plain TeX with TeXnicCenter or another IDE?

I suggest to follow Scott H.’s suggestion in comments for building a direct TeX → PDF engine.

  • It doesn't work, it gave me this message "Undefined control sequance Dec 2, 2017 at 12:24
  • @RefaatSalem What's the undefined control sequence?
    – egreg
    Dec 2, 2017 at 13:36

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