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Free multilingual IDE for LaTeX.
Free multilingual IDE for LaTeX.
Original author(s)Ingo H. de Boer
Stable release / February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10)
Operating systemWindows NT5.1・5.2・6.x (x86 / x64)
Available inMultilingual (22)
TypeTeX, LaTeX, Editor

WinShell is a freeware, closed-source multilingual integrated development environment (IDE) for LaTeX and TeX for Windows.[1]

WinShell includes a text editor, syntax highlighting, project management, spell checking, a table wizard, BibTeX front-end, Unicode support, different toolbars, user configuration options and it is portable (e.g. on a USB drive). It is not a LaTeX system; an additional LaTeX compiler system for Microsoft Windows (such as MiKTeX or TeX Live) is required.[2]


Supported languages are Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Mexico Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spain Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.


WinShell works with the MiKTeX, the TeX Live and the W32TeX distribution. At first start, WinShell recognizes the distribution and sets the command-line arguments automatically. Similarly with the viewer for the generated PDF documents. For Acrobat Reader, WinShell closes the PDF document before compiling. For SumatraPDF, WinShell automatically sets the correct commands to achieve forward and inverse search between WinShell and SumatraPDF.

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  • Kopka, Helmut; Daly, Patrick W. (November 2003). Guide to LaTeX (4th edt. ed.). Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-321-17385-6. for windows, the two editor programs mentioned in Section 1.6.2, Winshell and WinEdt, can be highly recommended.
  • Demmig, Thomas (2004). "WinShell". Jetzt lerne ich Latex 2 (in German). Pearson Education. pp. 201–207. ISBN 978-3-8272-6517-3. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  • Kroonenberg, Siep (2002). "TeX For Home". MAPS (in Dutch). 27: 56–59.

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