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D.2 TeXnicCenter

TeXnicCenter is an application that enables you to edit LaTeX source code, and simply click on a button to pass the source code to LaTeX, and then click on another button to view the resulting typeset document. Many people prefer this approach to the text editor and terminal approach. This section gives a brief overview of TeXnicCenter, however it has been several years since I last used itD.3, so this information may be dated.

TeXnicCenter is free and can be downloaded from CTAN in the systems/win32/TeXnicCenter/ directory or from http://www.toolscenter.org/. Note that you must have a TeX/LaTeX distribution installed before you install TeXnicCenter. If you installed proTeXt, you should already have TeXnicCenter installed. If you have any problems with installing or running TeXnicCenter, go to their help page.

Once the installation is complete, you can then run TeXnicCenter from the Start Menu: Start → Programs → TeXnicCenter → TeXnicCenter Firstly you should see the tip of the day window (Figure D.12.)

Figure D.12: TeXnicCenter Tip of the Day Window
 
Image of TeXnicCenter's tip of the day window

You can close this window, and then, if this is the first time you are using TeXnicCenter you will have to use the configuration wizard to set up TeXnicCenter correctly. I would recommend that you choose the default settings. (Select Next, Next and then Finish.)

Figure D.13: TeXnicCenter Configuration Wizard
 
Image of TeXnicCenter's configuration wizard: welcome
   screen

Figure D.14: TeXnicCenter Configuration Wizard
 
Image of TeXnicCenter's configuration wizard: use
MiKTeX option selected

Figure D.15: TeXnicCenter Configuration Wizard
 
Image of TeXnicCenter's configuration wizard: finish
configuration

Now you are ready to use TeXnicCenter. It should look like Figure D.16.

Figure D.16: TeXnicCenter
 
Image of TeXnicCenter: no files loaded

To start a new project select File → New Project. This will open the window shown in Figure D.17.

Figure D.17: New Project Dialog Box
 
Image of TeXnicCenter's New Project dialog box

Enter a name for your project, and specify the directory where you want to save your work. For example, I shall call my project “example” and I want to save it in c:\My Documents\Nicky\example (see Figure D.18.)

Figure D.18: New Project Dialog Box
 
Image of TeXnicCenter's New Project dialog box:
project name has been entered

Select the “Empty Project” icon, and click on “Okay”. You should now see something like Figure D.19.

Figure D.19: TeXnicCenter -- New Project Started
 
Image of TeXnicCenter: new project on view

You can now start typing the source code (we'll cover this later). See Figure D.20.

Figure D.20: TeXnicCenter -- Typing in Source Code
 
Image of TeXnicCenter: user has typed source code in
the edit panel

Save it by either clicking on the save icon Image of save icon


Footnotes

... itD.3
I used to use TeXnicCenter and MiKTeX when I was teaching LaTeX, but that was my limit of using TeX under Windows

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