On my MiKTeX 2.9.7206 installation, the MiKTeX console has a drop down menu that lets me update font map files in Admin more, but it does not give me any option to update in User mode.  What folder must I get into to run font map files update in User mode?

  • Frame challenge: you probably don’t really want to update your font map files in user mode. That’s a trap. It will appear to work, but it will break your installation later. – Davislor Sep 13 '20 at 23:04

When you launch MiKTeX console, it proposes to switch to Administrator mode or to stay in Usermode. Choose to stay and open the same menu Refresh font map files.

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  • No, not on my installation. Mine opens with a line saying "This tool currently operates on the shared (system wide) MiKTeX configuration." and it gives no option of switching. It does not give me that pair of links. – Colin McLarty Dec 18 '19 at 16:00
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    Are you under Windows? – Bernard Dec 18 '19 at 16:17
  • Yes, Windows 10. – Colin McLarty Dec 18 '19 at 16:45
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    In ...\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64, you have miktex-console.exe and miktex-console_admin.exe. Launch the former. – Bernard Dec 18 '19 at 16:54

Frame challenge: you almost certainly do not want to update your font maps in user mode. That’s a trap. It will appear to work in the short term, but break your installation more and more over time.

If you’re asking this question, you have an XY problem, such as, “I downloaded a custom 8-bit font and now I need to install its font map.” The solutions to that real problem include: adding a local directory to your installation, or using an OpenType or TrueType version of the font in LuaTeX.

  • An easier fix than that is to go to ...\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64, then miktex-console.exe and miktex-console_admin.exe as Bernard suggested in a comment. But I still wonder if there is not just some way to reset my WinEdt so that i offers me the same console window as it offers to Bernard. – Colin McLarty Sep 14 '20 at 12:23

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