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{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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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 use wxLua in LuaLaTeX on Windows?

I have some problems using wxLua in LuaLateX. This works: lua simpleui.lua (print instead of tex.print) But if I try this: lualatex wx.tex it doesn't work. \documentclass{article} \directlua{...
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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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TexLive: Why compiling in linux is much faster than windows?

I use TexLive in both linux and windows. However, the project compiles very fast (below 1 sec.) in linux while it takes between 10 to 20 seconds on windows (in the same machine). This has happened ...
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How to compile a LaTeX document?

Up until now, I've just been using LyX for all my LaTeX needs. Now I have a .tex file and I need to compile it (turn to pdf). How do I do this on Windows XP? Obviously I have LaTeX installed (MikTeX).
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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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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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How to create pdf with command line using MiKTeX?

I downloaded and installed MikTeX on my machine (Windows 7), then when I run the command: latex ex.tex the outputs were: ex.aux ex.dvi ex.log So my question is, what option could I use 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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Is there any way to get LaTeX in OneNote?

Any thoughts on how to get LaTeX in OneNote?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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BibDesk-like software for Windows

I'm not sure if this is a proper question for this site. But since TeX and bibliographic citations are closely linked, I'll go ahead. I have just started using BibDesk and "I like it" is an ...
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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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Change from MiKTeX to TeX Live

I'm basically a noob when it comes to dealing with packages and TeX distributions. I currently have both MiKTeX and TeX Live installed with MiKTeX as the default distribution (I think), but I would ...
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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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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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Which (La)TeX IDE(s) have good warning/error analysis

We are successfully using LaTeX at our company to create our product documentation. We have a custom document class that works OK and we currently use TeXnicCenter to edit our documentation. "We" are ...
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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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Is there an equation editor for Windows?

Is there anything like LaTeXit, a Mac-only program, that converts math equations into LaTeX code, for windows?
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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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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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Different compilation times with different Operating Systems

I have noticed that when compiling or rather typesetting with XeLaTeX, I experience very different compilation times on different Operating Systems. When I typeset on Windows, the compilation process ...
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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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Best practice of (technically) preparing files (on Windows systems) for CTAN

Similar questions were asked before but I did not found one for the recently discovered problem. What I want to do is uploading a package to CTAN which is in good technical shape. I did this before ...
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?
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What is a good LaTeX compiler for Windows?

I've googled around, and I haven't found a definitive compiler for latex (.tex files) on Windows. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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tlmgr error: perl.exe has stopped working

I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. ...
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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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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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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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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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Can't make Line-less Fraction

I'm trying to make a line-less fraction to more accurately show vector coordinates. At least my teacher wants us to show them in brackets one above the other like a fraction, but without the fraction ...
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! Font \TU/lmr/m/n/10=[lmroman10-regular]:+tlig; at 10pt not loadable

I'm on Windows (seems like everyone else is using *nix + latex, so I thought it's worth pointing out). When I run this command in the command prompt: lualatex.exe --halt-on-error --interaction=...
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Where should I put a latexmkrc file (using TeXLive 2011 and Windows 7) so that it is available to all my document files?

I spent most of yesterday trying to get LaTeX to create a list of abbreviations using the {nomencl} package , and after a lot of research managed to succeed using latexmk and creating a customised ...
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MiKTeX Installation Fails with "Executed process did not succeed"

I cannot get MiKTeX 2.9.6069 to install on Windows 10 Home 64-bit. Here is the failure message from my last attempt, using the 32-bit installer with no option changes: The operation could not be ...
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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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AUCTeX preview font size too small

I have Emacs 24 and AUCTex on a Windows 7 machine, however the preview font size is just way too small. Is there a way to make them bigger?
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How to work with two encodings?

I'll try to explain my problem here. I know that there are many posts dealing with this but I'm still confused. We have many files from different machines with different systems. The important is: ...
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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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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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Problem with installing TeX Live under Windows 8

I am new to LaTeX and wanted to install the required "programs". But when I came to installing TeX Live, there seemed to be a problem: Can't spawn "cmd.exe": No such file or directory at (directory) ...
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How to create Windows-8-styled menus?

I'm writing a technical documentation and I want to explain step-by-step how to go through various menus. For example I used to write Open with > VLC media player. That's how it looks in Windows ...
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Cross Platform LaTeX Build System

I am on Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) and would like to be able to execute one command to completely compile a PDF from source .tex files (including all required runs to get the table of contents, ...
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