I tried to install Texmaker but it fails to compile any file. Instead it puts out the following error report (translated to english):

couldn't run order

pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

I have installed and run Miktex-portable before. A similar error occurs when I tried to use Texstudio.


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    Have you installed a TeX distribution? – Herb Schulz Dec 6 '17 at 19:53
  • Yes, Miktex is a Tex-Distribution. – Dnk8000 Dec 6 '17 at 20:37
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    Is pdflatex in your path? – samcarter is at topanswers.xyz Dec 6 '17 at 21:25
  • For TeXstudio, can you try going to Configure TeXstudio -> Commands, and manually directing TeXstudio to pdflatex.exe? (Click the blue folder icon for pdflatex). – Troy Dec 7 '17 at 1:07
  • Thank you for your comment! So which program am I supposed to choose after I click the folder icon? Sorry I am using Latex for the first time – Dnk8000 Dec 9 '17 at 12:00

I'll provide the steps for TeXstudio, I presume it will be similar for TeXmaker (I don't use this editor...)

If you have already installed a TeX distribution (e.g. MikTeX, TeXLive) and an editor (in this case, TeXstudio), and you still experience this error, then you'll need to direct TeXstudio to the relevant engine (e.g., pdflatex.exe).


Under Options -> Configure TeXstudio -> Commands, click the blue folder icon for PdfLaTeX, like so:

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When you click the icon, a window pops out asking you to find the pdflatex.exe program. If you installed MikTeX and used the default location (as I did), then you should be able to find pdflatex.exe at:

C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64

Select it, and click ok, then you should be able to compile successfully. The same can be done for the other engines.

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