Is there any way to suppress the PDF preview appearing? I really don't like the internal PDF viewer and I prefer using Acrobat. (I know that on Windows, Acrobat makes the .pdf file read-only, but I'm on linux and it behaves better here). It is annoying pop-up that I have to kill or so whenever I compile.

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    I miss few things: facing pages, anti-aliasing, countinuous page mode. Maybe some new version have it, but I have an old linux distro and miss the new updates.
    – yo'
    Feb 14, 2012 at 0:24

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In the "Typesetting" tab of the preferences, you can double click the tool you use, say "pdfLaTeX" and there you can disable "View PDF after running".

I'm afraid you have to do it for all tools.

  • Thanks, I use only two of them so it's pretty fine for me!
    – yo'
    Feb 13, 2012 at 14:43

Opening the PDF viewer part of TeXworks is configured on a per-tool basis in the Typesetting preferences. So for example to prevent the viewer opening after typesetting using pdfLaTeX, I would need to untick the box in the following dialog enter image description here

(Screenshot on Windows, but the same principal applies on Linux)

  • Thanks for the answer, but it seems that egreg made it 2 minutes faster! :-o
    – yo'
    Feb 13, 2012 at 15:05
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    @tohecz: This would have been 3 minutes faster without the pretty picture! ;)
    – qubyte
    Feb 13, 2012 at 15:31
  • I know, but I didn't want to un-accept the first answer since it was what I really used... J.W. gets more upvotes, so it equalizes them ;)
    – yo'
    Feb 14, 2012 at 0:25

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