I am writing a LaTeX document with the apacite and graphicx package. The issue is when I include an image either using figure with an enclosed \includegraphics or \includegraphics by itself it shows the image with the file name to the side.

For example:

            |             |
            |    BOX 1    |  

I do not want it to write Error1.jpg. Would show the image but it seems I do not have enough rep.

This is an example tex file to show the error (with Windows XP, using Miktex 2.8).


\includegraphics{Example Error1.jpg}
\includegraphics{Example Error1.jpg}
\caption{This is the caption of the figure.}

5 Answers 5


Old post, but you can do the following.

\includegraphics{"Example Error1".jpg}
  • 6
    This should definitely be the chosen answer.
    – LondonRob
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 14:11
  • I used the answer given by Claudio Fiandrino of simply adding "" around the file name for example, \includegraphics{"Example Error1".jpg}
    – user80627
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 3:40
  • This doesn't work for me. I'm using a filename with spaces in a for loop (ie bla 001.png, bla 002.png, bla 003.png, etc)
    – user134593
    Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 11:27

You should also avoid other special characters like underscores in the complete path and the name of the file. But you can use the grffile package for extended file processing. For this case, just add the following line:

  • 1
    The grffile is recommended. Another solution for spaces is enclosing the file name between ": \includegraphics{"Example Error1"}, but this may break if babel is used.
    – egreg
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 23:10
  • 2
    Simply \usepackage{grffile} is sufficient to fix this. Thanks!
    – Ben Voigt
    Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 15:35
  • 5
    FYI, when I used grffile for my dissertation to include many small PDF figures it took an order of magnitude longer to compile.
    – edallme
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 7:55
  • This works even in combination with babel and beamer!
    – Eenoku
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 13:11
  • This package works with XeTex Like a charm!!!! It makes the graphics Inclusion painless. Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 22:58

I found the answer while writing this since I wrote ExampleError1.jpg when doing the example image. The problem is that graphicx doesn't seem to like the spaces in the file name and it assumes it should write it. I tried writing Example\ Error1.jpg but it didn't like it either. The solution I propose is that write these filenames without spaces.


The answer is simple. No need to change your existing file names or use a different package.

Do 2 things:

  1. Use {} to encircle your file name so that \includegraphics does not see the dots and spaces in your path;
  2. Use "" inside the {} so that the filename is not displayed in your pdf printout.



    \includegraphics{{"../Current folder/1.This file"}.png}

(For Windows users,) please note that the slashes all need to be forward slashes.

  • 2
    Using braces is quite dangerous, because it depends, how the file name is internally parsed. A change and the curly braces will become part of the file name. Commented May 31, 2018 at 17:36

Even though you add the package graphics, you might not avoid the problem if the document class is declared as draft.

\documentclass[12pt, draft]{report}

It is worth to remove the draft in the document class so the images will be displayed.

  • 1
    A global option draft can be overruled by a local package option final (\usepackage[final]{graphicx}). Commented May 31, 2018 at 17:39

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .