The Toolbar

  • New: begin a new document.

  • Open: open a new document.

  • Close: close your document.

  • Define document as master: this is used when working with multiple files. Having a master document will let you work more easily with other .tex files included in your document. If you are using projects, you can also set in ProjectProject Options a project-wide master document.

  • Quickbuild: compiles your LATEX source code and displays the results automatically unless there are errors contained in the document.

  • Watch file mode: this mode will "watch" the DVI file for changes, and will not launch a new session of Okular after Quickbuild.

  • View logfile: views the .log file, so you can spot errors.

  • Previous error: jumps backward through the .log file and highlights errors in the source.

  • Next error: jumps forward through the .log file and highlights errors in the source.

  • Stop: halts current tool.

  • LaTeX: runs LATEX on the active document.

  • ViewDVI: launches DVI viewer.

  • DVItoPS: converts a DVI to a PostScript® (PS).

  • ViewPS: launches PostScript® (PS) viewer.

  • PDFLaTeX: runs PDFLATEX on the active document.

  • ViewPDF: launches the PDF viewer.

  • DVItoPDF: converts a DVI to a PDF.

  • PStoPDF: converts a PS to a PDF.

  • ViewHTML: views HTML created.

  • ForwardDVI: jump to the page of the DVI file that corresponds to the current line in the editor.

  • ForwardPDF: jump to the page of the PDF file that corresponds to the current line in the editor.

If you look at the Edit toolbar, you will notice three large drop-down menus. The drop-down menus were designed for you to be able to quickly add certain common features into your document. The first drop down box is used for quickly dividing your document by parts, chapter, sections and so on; the available commands to add segments to your LATEX source code are:

  • part: highest level of sectioning for a document.

  • chapter: starts a new chapter.

  • section: create a new section.

  • subsection: create a new subsection.

  • subsubsection: a secondary section between subsection and paragraph.

  • paragraph: create a new paragraph.

  • subparagraph: create a new subparagraph.

The drop down box named Other is used to insert items into your document such as indexes, footnotes, and references; the available commands are:

  • label: a command that produces a label for a chapter, a figure or another element.

  • index: creates an entry for the index.

  • footnote: creates a footnote in your document.

  • ref: used to refer to a predefined label, which you can choose from a drop-down list.

  • pageref: just like ref, but refers to a page instead of a structure element.

  • cite: create a reference with data from a bibliography.

The Other drop-down menu

The Other drop-down menu

Selecting the label for a reference

Selecting the label for a reference

When using cite, you are presented with a drop-down list of bibitems, but if you are using BibTEX this will only work if the file belongs to a Project. For editing BibTEX files the usage of specialized editors is recommended. The author has had good results with KBibTEX. Of course you can also write the BibTEX files by hand inside Kile.

The last drop down box labeled tiny is used to set the size of the text. You can set the size of the main text, of footnotes, and so on. The available commands are:

  • tiny: smallest.

  • scriptsize: very small.

  • footnotesize: smaller.

  • small: small.

  • normalsize: normal.

  • large: large.

  • Large: larger.

  • LARGE: even larger.

  • huge: still larger.

  • Huge: largest.