At the moment I'm having a problem when trying to view my LaTeX file as a PDF. Whether I do it internal or external I both the error "File not found.".

I have no idea what file it means. I've read somewhere it has to with my Acrobat Reader, but I still can't get it fixed. And I think it's worth mentioning that I work on Windows 7, as I've also read that Texmaker on Windows has some bugs.

Any help will be appreciated!

  • Have you compiled the document with e.g. pdflatex (Tools --> pdfLateX in Texmaker), so there actually is a PDF file to view? Commented Feb 26, 2012 at 22:55
  • Also, welcome to TeX.sx! You don't have to sign with your name since it automatically appears in the lower right corner of your post. Commented Feb 26, 2012 at 23:08
  • That's it, thanks! I'm just starting to learn the program, sorry for the foolish question! Commented Feb 26, 2012 at 23:08
  • No problem. I added an answer. Commented Feb 26, 2012 at 23:10

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The "View PDF" button in TeXmaker only opens an already existing file, that has the same basename as your .tex file. Meaning, if you're writing in a file called MyReport.tex, it will look for a file called MyReport.pdf in the same folder as the .tex file, and open this in the specified viewer.

To create a PDF from the source, you have to compile the document. The easiest way to do this is usually to use pdflatex, which in TeXmaker is called with Tools --> pdfLaTeX (shortcut F6), after which you can view the PDF (shortcut F7). There are also buttons on the toolbar for both

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    even after pressing f6 i am not getting any output in the pdf reader... please need help...
    – user27360
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 7:24
  • I have the same problem. I tried opening my tex file in another latex compiling software (Texshop) and it is still not producing a pdf.
    – esmitex
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 8:26
  • @esmitex Do you mean that you get an error when hitting the Typeset button in TeXShop? If so, I don't think you have the same problem, please ask a new question describing what you have tried (preferably in the form of a minimal working example (MWE)) and which error you get. Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 8:59
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    I fixed the problem. I have no idea how. I tried compiling in Latex, pdflatex etc. In the end it created a pdf output when I compiled in Xelatex.
    – esmitex
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 15:02
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    @esmitex If it worked with xelatex but not with pdflatex, you have probably loaded a package that can only be used with the former, such as fontspec or unicode-math. Depending on package the error message may state this clearly. Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 15:19

For anyone still struggling with this problem, this is what worked for me. I was using \includeonlyframes{current} to compile a single frame. This allows me to compile only frames with the label current. However, none of my frames were labelled as current. Consequently, when I do QuickBuild, TexMaker cannot find any frames with the label current and thus does not generate any pdf (although it compiles). As a result, I got the file not found error, which essentially means that there is not pdf in the first place because of the way I compiled.

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