LaTeX Software Setup

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You need two peices of software to get up and running with LaTeX: 1) A Compiler and 2) An Editor.

Windows Setup

LaTeX Compiler

The easiest compiler is called MikTeX, and can be found here:

Download the file under "Installing a basic system". Clicking the link will take you to a page with a list of servers. Just pick one somewhere in North America. Run the file when it's finished downloading.

It is a basic setup, but there are a few options you will have to set:





After installation is finished, you may want to download some packages that weren't included. For this you will use the MiKTeX Package Manager.

Goto: Start -> MiKTeX -> MiKTeX Package Manager

The first time you run this, you'll need to select a server to download packages from.



Now use the search at the top to find the following packages:

  • IEEEtran
  • Subfigure
  • Cite


The best editor for windows is called WinEdt, and can be found here:

Mac OS Setup