MiKTeX Help

Christopher Lee crlee@uiuc.edu

Downloading and Installing MiKTeX

To download the latest version of MiKTeX, go to http://www.miktex.org/setup.html and follow the directions. Be sure to read the MiKTeX Installation Procedure as it gives detailed instructions for downloading and installing the software and is very clear and accurate. The easiest path to take here is to download the setup wizard rather than wade through the ftp archives and try to decide which packages you need to install. If you run into problems, see the FAQ's (so far) below.

Using MiKTeX

I will describe the "setup" that I personally use and find to be workable and efficient. First, you need some sort of plain text editor to write TeX/LaTeX files. Notepad is suitable for this. I use a program called Editor 99. It offers some neat features like customized color pallets for document types and template creation (and it's free!). If you want to search for different text editors, try http://home.arcor.de/itsfd/texwin.htm.

Once you've created your .tex document, open up a dos prompt (Start->Run and type "command"), navigate to the folder you have saved your .tex. document in and type:

latex filename

You should get a readout of the compilation/rendering sequence, ending with

Output written on filename.dvi (1 page, 3608 bytes).
Transcript written on filename.log.

To view the .dvi that has been produced, type

yap filename

FAQ's (so far)

Last Date of Modification: 29 Jan. 2003