# When I write something I want to start working in TeXworks, later my posts have been erased

When I write something I want to start working in the Text editor later, my posts have been erased and this text

  - This is XeTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-0.99998 (TeX Live 2017/W32TeX) (preloaded format=xelatex)
restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
(./untitled-1.tex
LaTeX2e <2017-04-15>
Babel <3.10> and hyphenation patterns for 84 language(s) loaded.
)
*


What's this ? What should I do :(

• you show the log you get from an empty file, But the rest of the question appears to to be about how to save files in some text editor, but you have not said which editor that is? – David Carlisle Mar 17 '18 at 20:20
• @DavidCarlisle . Editor your texlive =texworks editors – Almot1960 Mar 17 '18 at 20:30
• Are you saving the .tex file first, before trying to compile it? The log file says that XeLaTeX is compiling untitled-1.tex. This suggests that you haven't saved the file (and given it a non-trivial name). TeXworks ought to be prompting you to choose a non-trivial name to save the file, but there's probably a way to sidestep this well-meant safeguard... – Mico Mar 17 '18 at 20:43
• @Almot1960 - Yes, you must choose a file name other than untitled, untitled-1, untitled-2, etc. That shouldn't be burdensome, should it? – Mico Mar 17 '18 at 21:00
• @Almot1960 there is no hint in the question that texworks is the editor, i have used texlive since before it was called texlive but have never installed or used texworks – David Carlisle Mar 17 '18 at 21:11

Here's how to create a very basic document in TeXworks. First type a trivial document:

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}
Test
\end{document}


Notice that the title bar shows Untitled-1.tex. That means that the file hasn't been given a name. The asterisk * following it means that the file hasn't been saved. So use "Save As..." to both give the file a name and save it.

Here I've saved it as test.tex:

The title bar now shows the new file name and the * has gone, so now you can compile the document.

After the file name has been explicitly set, the file will automatically be saved when you try to compile it.