In MikTex Console (Windows), I go to its Packages tab, and there's no way to search for a package to install, or update an installed package. When I go to the Updates tab, it says that all packages are up to date but I know one is not. How do I update an existing package, let alone re-install a package?

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  • the console has two modes (if you installed in multi user mode): user and admin. Check for updates in both. The package list has a search bar. Apr 26, 2020 at 20:29

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Searching for a package is no problem. Add a filter in the filter tab. Wildcards works. Chose the package you are looking for by clicking the +sign and install the package:

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If you want to update a installed package, just run the updater and you will have list of packages that can be updated. Unselect the packages you do not want to update, and you will be left with the package(s) you want. (Unfortunately, my system was up to date, but I will updated the picture next time):

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After installing and updating pgf, you access the patterns.meta by adding to your preamble, after loading tikz:


Thank John Kormylo for the tips!

  • when i filter for the package called "tikz", 50 names show up containing tikz, but not tikz by itself. i would like to update package tikz so that I have the patterns.meta add-on. none of the 50 names indicate which contains patterns.meta
    – develarist
    Apr 26, 2020 at 20:29
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    tikz is in the pgf package. Apr 26, 2020 at 20:30
  • @develarist As Ulrike says: Type in pgf* in the filter box and install the pgf-package.
    – Sveinung
    Apr 26, 2020 at 20:36
  • thanks, pgf and pgfplots I right-clicked on and updated them. They do not resolve my overlying issue with a code I'm trying to run. do you know if patterns.meta is inside pgf and pgfplots? could patterns.meta be, not in tikz stand-alone, but in one of the other 50 tikz names?
    – develarist
    Apr 26, 2020 at 20:41
  • @develarist I do not use tikz, so I have no idea. You may try to ask a new question on how you find patterns.meta for tikz.
    – Sveinung
    Apr 26, 2020 at 20:58

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