Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Installing MikTex and TexnicCenter on windows

This is a simple guide on how to install MikTex and TexnicCenter on windows machines to create beautiful typeset documents. First go to the MikTex homepage:
and select to download the basic MikTex system.

Once the file has downloaded, run it and accept all of the default conditions. The program should begin installing...

Once MikTex is installed, we can move on to installing TeXnicCenter. Go to
and download and run the installer. Again, just accept the default conditions.

Now when you start TeXnic for the first time you will be presented with setup wizard. In order for it to work you MUST tell texnic WHERE on your computer latex is installed.

Press on the box to search for the correct directory on your system. If you accepted the default settings on your MikTex installation the directory should be something like:
"C:\Program Files\MikTex 2.8\miktex\bin"
Once you have found the correct directory press next. It will not allow you to continue unless you have found the correct directory.

At the next screen you may choose a viewer for postscript files. You will need to install ghostscript if you want to view ps files. You can skip this step.

At the next screen you have the option to specify a pdf viewer. If you have adobe acrobat installed on your system you may choose it by searching for it. On my system I can find the executable at:
"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32"
Accept your settings and you should now be good to go! Open a new fie and try to compile and view the document.

If you need to convert to pdf via ps see the next turorial.

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