I am completely new to TexWorks, and just downloaded it on windows 10.

Everything is fine except that when I open it, only the editor window shows, and there is no pdf preview window. For some reason, I can’t find any option to show the window. So basically my texworks is just the text editor and nothing else.

Is there any way I can manually set to show the preview window? or do I just reinstall everything again?

Thanks so much in advance for your responses.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! There should be "Window -> Goto Preview". Have you installed a TeX system (TeXworks is just an editor which should ship with TeX Live and MikTeX, so installing it separately seems unnecessary)? – TeXnician Sep 6 '18 at 6:42
  • @TeXnician there is no GoTo preview option when i press window ): – Meowmi Sep 6 '18 at 8:18
  • Although it should be there. What about the TeX system? – TeXnician Sep 6 '18 at 8:19

Strictly speaking there are not really any "pre-view" but a "post-view". Probably this leads to think that there are something wrong in your installation, but probably is working fine.

When you start texworks empty or with a new file, said somefile.tex file, there are no any "preview" window simply because still there are nothing rendered to show.

But once you compile successfully that new file (green upper-left buttom) with the right compiler (after selecting pdfLaTeX or whatevercompatible with that file) and the somefile.pdf is created, then the "preview" must appear to the right of the editor window.

If you close texworks and run again texworks somefile.tex now the preview window is opened immediately at the start since the PDF somefile.pdf already exist in the same directory.

If you close the preview window but not the editor you can open again the preview with a new compilation or (without compiling again) in the menu Window > Preview. If the preview is open but hidden by the editor window or another program, this or Window > somefile.pdf also will put the focus in the preview window. Of course, this cannot work if you move/delete the PDF file meanwhile.

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  • Thanks so much!! this helped. is it possible to generate a live view? or do i have to keep pressing the green play button? thanks again – Meowmi Sep 6 '18 at 10:54
  • Not in texworks, unless you run also some script to run the compiler in the background every x seconds. Gummi for example can do that, and it is nice for testing a "Hello word" or so, but believe me, you will not want live previews in large projects, and is not at all a best practice, as you will be constantly aware of the changes in the output instead of be focused on the right LaTeX syntax, and more important, on writing the text. – Fran Sep 6 '18 at 11:06

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