# [texhax] WinEdt and MikTeX

Philip G. Ratcliffe philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Tue Jul 1 11:50:43 CEST 2003

> I'm using WinEdt to create my document and am creating a PDF document
> using PDFLaTeX (MikTeX).  I've configured the 'Document Settings' -->
> Properties so that the paragraphs are indented.  But when the PDF file
> is made I don't see any paragraph indentations.  Can someone help me
> find out the problem?

Come, come, you haven't read ANY of the documentation - WinEdt is an editor,
TeX, LaTeX and Co. are type-setting programmes.  WinEdt knows about TeX only
in that it knows where to find the executables and it has a dedicated
highlighting scheme.  However, TeX knows absolutely nothing about ANY
editors (except perhaps how to do an inverse search).

If you need to use (PDF)LaTeX you might try reading one of the many short
and simple introductions to LaTeX.  The WinEdt instructions are very
complete and there is a dedicated news list.

As for your specific example, you are obviously not simply inputting a
"bare" LaTeX file, such as

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
Hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world,
hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world.

Hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world,
hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world, hello world.
\end{document}

Run this and you will see the indenting.

If you didn't see any indenting in your previous attempts, then I suspect
that you were using some particular style files (maybe for some journal)
that specifically eliminate indenting because that's the format of the
style.

Anyway, the specific parameter controlling indenting is "\parindent" which
maybe altered as follows: "\parindent=1cm".  The "=" is optional and the
length unit may be "pt", "mm", "ex", "em", ...

Cheers,  Phil

P.S.  Replies ONLY suggesting explicit use of "\indent" and "\noindent"
are rather misleading and not very helpful: I hope none of you actually
write entire documents putting "\noindent" before EVERY paragraph!