Whenever I type something in LaTeX and want to view it in PDF, it doesn't yield the required view, even if the file is saved. Instead it gives me an error stating that the file can't be found. Can anyone help me out with this problem? I've downloaded Texmaker for Windows.

  • I'm a beginner in this program and having trouble with this convesion. – user24462 Jan 16 '13 at 3:42
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    Welcome to TeX.sx! Have you installed a TeX distribution like MikTeX or TeXLive? Also, have you tried compiling with F6 when you have set your default compiler as pdflatex? On a side note, there is no need to capitalize all letters in your question. This might be interpreted very negatively by some readers. :) – hpesoj626 Jan 16 '13 at 4:08
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    To the downvoters, can you please explain your reason for downvoting? We try to be as nice as possible in this site. I think we need to wait for the OP's reply first. @user24462, can you post a minimal non-working example (MWE) or describe your work-around in more detail? – hpesoj626 Jan 16 '13 at 4:38
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    @user24462 What exactly is giving the error: Texmaker or LaTeX? What is the file name you are using (some naming can cause issues)? – Joseph Wright Jan 16 '13 at 6:59

Downloading of TeXMaker is not enough, because TeXMaker is only an editor (like Notepad, but smarter :) ). You must install MiKTex or TeXLive. These are TeX distributions, which means they provide the program (pdflatex) to create a PDF from your LaTeX code (="source code").

This process is usually called "typesetting" and not "conversion to PDF".

When you have installed a TeX distribution, and created a TeX source (code) in your editor, you have to typeset it. (The editor can even be Notepad, but then you have to type stuff in the command line.) When you use TeXMaker, you can hit F1 to typeset, which (if I'm not mistaken) will create the PDF and open the PDF viewer. "Saving" the source does not create the PDF.

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  • Seriously? "This process is usually called "typesetting" and not "conversion to PDF""? – xtian Jul 21 '14 at 0:50
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    @xtian Yes. Similar to programming in C++ for example, instead of "convert from source code to executable file", you say "compile" or "build". – marczellm Jul 21 '14 at 10:53
  • Your example is a term and definition. I'm a noob at LaTeX, so I find typesetting an awkward synonym for conversion. – xtian Jul 21 '14 at 17:24

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