Questions tagged [windows]

{windows} is for questions which are specific for the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Questions regarding MikTeX, a popular TeX distribution for Windows, should be tagged with {miktex} instead.

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How can I manually install a package on MiKTeX (Windows)

I'm new to LaTeX, investigating using it for some work projects. I'm using MiKTeX on Windows. My employer's locked-down network blocks the application's automatic installation function. I can take ...
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MiKTeX: Two things did not succeed

I installed a new hard drive on my computer this summer and I'm trying to install MiKTeX on it now. There were no problems when I was using my old hard drive. My OS is Windows 8.1. I'm trying to ...
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Using Notepad++ with MiKTeX on Windows

I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows. So far I've been using LeD to compile my PDFs (using pdflatex). I want to start using Notepad++ to compile my LaTeX PDFs as I've lately become very fond of this editor....
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How can I balance uniformity of style files against modularity?

I'm using Windows/TeXworks/MiKTeX, and I would like to have one style file I can use anywhere in any document in my top-level folder. If I want to add a new command or renew an old one, I'd like that ...
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How do I install TeX/LaTeX on Windows

I am new to TeX/LaTeX. How do I install TeX on Windows (7)? It seems that there are many different implementations, so which one is best for my OS?
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Install Biber in MiKTeX on a 64-bit version of Windows

Update: As of summer 2015 Biber is also included in the 64-bit repositories for MikTeX. There is no need to install Biber manually any more, it can simply be installed via the Package Manager just ...
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Windows API error 5: "Access is denied" when trying to compile TikZ picture

I installed PGF but are unable to compile the following document: \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage{pgf,tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) --(1,2); \end{tikzpicture} \end{...
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How do I open PDF in Adobe Reader DC without locking the file from being updated by pdflatex?

I don't know if this is possible on Adobe Reader DC on Windows, but asking in case someone has managed to do it. When I am working on a large document in LaTeX (I use TexStudio) I sometimes like to ...
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Where is "texmf" on a Windows install?

On UNIX you have the texmf folder in your home directory where you store packages you've installed yourself, but where is that folder on a Windows install? Yeah, I know that if you use MiKTeX then ...
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How to install syntax highlight package minted on Windows 7?

I followed the instruction from this link: http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/minted/ Firstly, I install Python 2.7, then create a folder named Scripts in the directory: C:\...
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How to get a list of all available (TTF-) Fonts with XeTeX?

Very neat that I can use any available Truetype font on my Windows machine with MikTeX and XeTeX. %!TEX TS-program = xelatex %!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode \documentclass[]{article} \usepackage{...
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pdfopen / pdfclose don't work with Acrobat/Adobe Reader XI

Can anybody explain how to get pdfopen/pdfclose working for Adobe Reader XI? If you could make your instructions as detailed as possible that would be really appreciated. I'm using Miktex 2.9 on ...
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Beamer: PDF presentation viewer to play embedded videos and show elapsed time

I have been suffering from finding a PDF presentation viewer for beamer output on Windows that can play embedded videos (by media9 package) and show the elapsed presentation time. I have tried the ...
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Specifying an absolute Windows path for \includegraphics

I know that includegraphics can be used in Latex to include images into the document, but how can I specify a path for that file? \includegraphics[]{picture-name} Instead of asdd.jpg I want to ...
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Paths and Linux/Windows slash conventions

I'm working on a collaborative project and I like to organize all the supporting files for my tex documents (rather than just having everything in one flat folder). This involves referencing figures/...
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How do I add Hebrew support to TeXLive on Windows (with pdfTeX+babel)?

I just downloaded & installed TeXLive 2012 on my Windows 7 box, including Hebrew language support. I then tried to process the following document: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[english,...
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How do I get started with LaTeX on Windows XP?

My only knowledge of LaTeX is that it is a markup language that lets me concentrate on the structure of my document rather than its appearance. It uses tags similar to HTML. My problem is that I've ...
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Using htlatex to convert LaTeX to HTML

I appear to have htlatex and htxelatex already installed on my computer. However when I try to run them, it comes up with the message, 'I can't write on file 'texput.log'' I am trying to convert a ...
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Installation of teXlive on Windows fails

I tried to install teXlive on my laptop running Windows 8.1. After unpacking, I ran "install-tl-windows.bat". It seemed OK for most of the installation, but then I got this in the terminal (the log ...
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python.sty on TeX Live 2013 - Forbidden to open for writing error

I have a fresh install of TeX Live 2013 and am attempting to compile a file using the python package. Here is the relevant portion of the file \begin{python} print 'hi' \end{python} I've compiled ...
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Package latexalpha2 Error: WolframScript cannot be found, which is required to use latexalpha2

Although wolframscript is fully working on the command prompt of Windows 10, the package latexalpha2 gives this error Package latexalpha2 Error: WolframScript cannot be found, which is required to ...
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What is the optimal LaTeX WYSIWYG editor/platform (quality/price) for Windows 8? [closed]

I am doing lots of Math and also writing; want to use in the future LaTeX and seeking the adivce of this community. What is the optimal WYSIWYG editor/platform (quality/price) for Windows 8? Why?
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Does standalone LaTeX exist?

Is there a standalone version of LaTeX that might run of, say, a USB stick? So a version that doesn't need installing. I am looking for something to run under Windows.
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How to install arara with MiKTeX / Windows?

Arara is a tool to automate your LaTeX workflow. It comes pre-installed with TeXLive 2012. However, I could not find any reference on how to install it on MikTeX / Windows. In the documentation it ...
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Configuration of Texmaker to work with MiKTeX Portable

I have MiKTeX Portable on my USB, and I've installed Texmaker on my machine with Windows XP. I cannot find a way to configure Texmaker so that it compiles with MiKTeX portable. It just prompts me ...
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How to make the rmligs script available globally on Windows?

Hopefully on-topic as about "(La)TeX related software and tools" I just learned about the rmligs script. Since it isn't available through MiKTeX (and neither through TeX Live), I downloaded the ...
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Is it possible to download TeX Live in a separate, single file?

Installation through the internet is so harsh... For example, is there a torrent for TeX Live?
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How to make XeLaTeX recognize linked fonts with Windows?

I can not get fontconfig, which XeLaTeX relies on, to recognize fonts that are in the Fonts folder as shortcuts (to fonts in other folders). fc-cache and fc-list ignore the shortcuts, which do not ...
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Impossible to save LaTeX file in Texmaker on Windows

Yesterday, I downloaded the latest version of MiKTeX and Texmaker and started using XeLaTeX. Today, I am no longer able to compile or save any .tex file. When I try to do so, a message pops up: “The ...
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How to install PDFBox on Windows so it works with pax?

I am trying to use pdfpages and maintain the internal bookmarks within the included PDF files. The pdfpages README suggests using the pax package for this purpose, so I have installed that from CTAN ...
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Latex compilers with parallel support

Are there any latex compilers which support parallel compilation for a book? For example, the chapters in a multi-part latex document can potentially be compiled on separate cores to speed up ...
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the memory dump file could not be found

I'm using MiKTex on Windows 8. Using the simplest tex file would bring about the error. pdflatex.exe: the memory dump file could not be found. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} ...
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PdfLaTeX in Texmaker doesn’t work: “Could not start the command”

I have a problem with LaTeX. I have installed MiKTeX 2.9 and Texmaker, and when I try to compile a .tex file in Texmaker, I get the error Could not start the command When I try to build it from the ...
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Font not loadable: metric data not found or bad

Okay, I'm having the following issue that resembles an issue other people have reported. But, I haven't seen any problem that is as simple as mine or any solution that's for my operating system. I am ...
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compiling tex files with xelatex is insanely slow on my Windows machine

I try to compile a document that is written in Chinese using xelatex. But I find that the compiling speed is insanely slow: after about 1.14 minute, the final pdf file is generated. Here is a MWE: \...
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How do I find which pgf version I have installed on Windows (MikTeX)?

I'm not sure how to find which version of pgf with MikTeX installed on my computer (Windows 7 - 64 bit).
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Is the Windows logo available?

I'm surprised I don't see this addressed quickly with a Google search, but I don't see it there or on this site. Does anyone know of a Windows logo symbol in LaTeX? I used Dextify, but couldn't ...
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How to use LaTeX in Anki on Windows with MiKTeX?

I installed MikTeX, updated everything, downloaded the passivetex package, ran everything as admin, checked the depositories and everything, and yet I cannot get LaTeX to work with Anki. Here is the ...
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What is the difference between the basic MiKTeX and the complete MiKTeX?

I am just starting out with LaTeX on Windows XP, and I was advised to install MiKTeX. What would I get in the complete MiKTeX that isn't in basic MiKTeX?
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TeXstudio - Open other instances / sessions on Windows

How can a second or more instances of TexStudio be opened on Windows? A good answer for Linux can be found here Context I'm reviewing my thesis and preparing a presentation, both using TexStudio ...
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Texworks syntax highlighting not working on windows 8 and 8.1

any latex code I want to view in TexWorks 0.4.5 r.1280 (Miktex 2.9) won't show the syntax highlighting. It compiles just fine but everything line is written in black. On very long documents the ...
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Can fontspec use fonts from SkyFonts?

On my Windows 7 system I installed via SkyFonts from Fonts.com: Sabon Next Display The font does not appear in C:\Windows\Fonts. However, it shows up in certain desktop applications, for example Xara ...
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Getting a live preview of TeX (on Windows) - for just a small snippet of code?

I wish to have a quickly updating work area so to be able to learn my LaTeX faster. From reviewing the answers on tex.stackexchange, and from going through the list of TeX editors on Wikipedia - I ...
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pgf: 'externalize' with 'list and make' on windows [closed]

In the pgfmanual I found today under Section 50.4.4 Customizing the Externalization that you can have multicore support during externalization using the mode list and make. % step 1: generate main....
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Minimal Latex Installation (<40 Mb) for Thesis?

Are there any portable minimal latex distributions that use PDFLATEX for Windows (32 bits or 64 bits)? I know of MikTeX portable for Windows, but about more than 130MBs. It is far from minimal. ...
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LaTeX for Microsoft Surface

I have my new Microsoft Surface and I was wondering whether it's possible to install pieces of software like MikTeX and TexMaker on this tablet. Does anyone know?
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Can't enable shell-escape

I've been trying to add the --shell-escape argument to my pdflatex, and right about nothing works. I'll summarize what I've done so far: Add --shell-escape to existing pdflatex.exe Add --shell-escape ...
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TexLive 2015 - error when using "french" options with TexStudio

I am new in the LaTex world. I just installed yesterday Texlive 2015 et texstudio (last version) on my windows 10 computer. Everything seems to be working properly except for the template "Article{...
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Installing missing fonts in Texlive on Ubuntu

I switched from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 14.04. The following code was producing this output. \documentclass[oneside,english,a4paper, 12pt]{book} \usepackage{a4wide, fullpage, color, fancyhdr, lastpage, ...
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Using MiKTeX and TeX Live on the same computer?

Is there anything I should be aware of if I want to install MiKTeX and TeX Live on the same computer? Are there any problems, any incompatabilities? Is it even possible? I imagine there could be some ...
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