# Texmaker's internal pdf-viewer doesn't work

I have just downloaded TeXmaker ("a free, modern and cross-platform LaTeX editor for linux, macosx and windows systems that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application") and it has a built-in PDF-viewer which doesn't seem to work. When I make a document, save it, then press watch PDF, it says that the document can't be found. Does anyone know what the problem is and how to fix it?

• It's not enough to save it, you have to compile it. It's the button left to "view pdf" (sorry I don't have an english version). – Juri Robl Oct 26 '12 at 15:57
• @JuriRobl Ok, so I just typed in a whole bunch of random symbols and I just saved it as 'test'. But I have to compile it too. There are many options. What do they mean? Which one should I choose, just LaTeX? And after I 'compile' it, whatever that may mean, can I view it? – JohnPhteven Oct 26 '12 at 16:02
• Well random symbols will not cut it... have a look at the answer to your last question. The option should be something like "fast compile" or something like that. If you have to choose between LaTeX and PDFLaTeX, choose PDFLaTeX. Yes you can view it, after you compiled it. That means the program takes your text and builds a pdf with it. – Juri Robl Oct 26 '12 at 16:05
• @JuriRobl What would be enough to view it? Is there like a word/sentence cap or something? An amount you need to exceed before being able to watch it? – JohnPhteven Oct 26 '12 at 16:09
• Just a question: do you have miktex or texlive installed? – Sigur Oct 26 '12 at 20:28

In TeXmaker you can use the QuickStart menu item to easily create a new document with basic code in place (\begin{document} stuff and so on)