OS: Windows 7 + SP1
TeX: MiKTeX 2.9
IDE: Kile 2.1

For getting help on usage of package options, I usually Google "foo options latex", where foo is the name of the package. I wanted to know whether the documentation is available on the host machine where my LaTeX is installed. I can see all the packages I am using in the MiKTeX package manager. But in the package manager I am not able to locate the help files associated with the packages (if at all they are present on my computer).

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    texdoc is your friend: texdoc <packagename> should open a web browser with links to the search results
    – cmhughes
    May 16, 2012 at 3:04
  • Where should I type "texdoc <packagename>"? Do you think command prompt is alright? May 16, 2012 at 3:23
  • Yeah, tried it straight in windows command prompt. Took me directly to the relevant website. May 16, 2012 at 5:30
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    Note that texdoc doesn't take you to a website, it links to documentation on your machine! it's a great tool :)
    – cmhughes
    May 16, 2012 at 23:41
  • Yeah! I did not notice that... May 17, 2012 at 2:52

1 Answer 1


Under most operating systems,

texdoc <packagename>

will open up the TeX documentation (in your default PDF browser) associated with the package. Alternatively, CTAN contains all the packages that form part of both the MiKTeX and TeX Live distributions, from where you can follow the links to their documentation.


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