I am interested in Notepad ++ as a Latex editor until now I used Texmaker since I would like to use one editor Notepad ++ instead of different code editors for R, Python, Stata and Latex. I followed the following tutorial to the letter and it works very well.

However, I need some more information to customize the code. I need to compile large documents (my doctoral thesis). I would like to know how to simply compile bibtex on a document or else compile only pdflatex (without going through pdflatex -> bibtex -> pdflatex -> pdflatex -> pdf with Sumatra ) ?

  • Hi Arnaud, and welcome to our forum. I am pretty sure Texmaker uses the same process of pdflatex->bibtex->pdflatex->pdflatex also. That is the way to compile a LaTeX document with BibTeX. You can open the pdf with Sumatra or any other pdf reader you might have (e.g. Adobe)
    – Elad Den
    Feb 10, 2020 at 13:26

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Hi Arnaud and welcome to TeX-SE.

As much as I appreciate your choice of "One editor to rule them all", I find it quite odd, as you don't have access to some tools.

If your are compiling at the command line you need pdflatex <filename>.tex to create to pdf and the .aux file, then apply bibtex <filename>.aux to create the .bbl file from your .bib file applying the format given by the .bst file. From personal experience, it is usually slower compiling from command line than from inside an editor, if your are doing minor changes (I may be wrong, but that's what I observe).

You may execute the commands pdflatex and bibtex independently, but the proper result, the one with correct references, needs the usage of the commands in the correct order.

Here are some comparisons of LaTeX editors: Comparison of TeX editors, 10 Best LaTeX Editors You Should Use.

I tried some of them until reach TeXstudio. In TeXstudio, I have shortcuts. F5 for pdflatex and F8 for bibtex. I may configure it at will, or create my own. This the kind of tool that make easier to my brain to remember commands I once learned and used once or twice.

Bonus: And as you said you are writing your doctoral thesis, then it is highly recommend to read a little bit about managing large projects in LaTeX: Multi-file LaTeX projects, On managing large documents.

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    Thank you very much FHZ for your answer. My goal was precisely to avoid a Latex editor. I found the arara documentation and it seems to be suitable for what I am looking for. Thank you again for your responsiveness and your advice. Best !
    – Arnaud
    Feb 11, 2020 at 14:49
  • You are welcome @Arnaud. And btw, I would appreciate if you up-vote answers that indeed have helped you. This is how the forum knows what should be presented to more people and rewards people who answer question.
    – FHZ
    Feb 11, 2020 at 17:50

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