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Using \makeindex \printindex

Postby jerryf » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:54 pm

I am using TeXworks, which I think uses LaTeX2e.
I am working on a book, but can't seem to make the index show up in the PDF.
A simple program I use would look like:

  1. \documentclass[12pt,latexsym]{book}
  2. \usepackage{makeidx}
  3. \begin{document}
  4. I want to build\index{build} an index.
  5. \printindex
  6. \end{document}

I get a file: Ntext.idf, which shows: \indexentry{build}, but how do I get the actual index to show up at the end of the PDF of the book?
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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:13 pm

You need to write also \makeindex in the document header. And you need to run the Makeindex tool, you can click it in the TeXworks typeset list box of available engines.

But imakeindex makes it much easier - no extra Makeindex run needed.


  1. \documentclass[12pt,latexsym]{book}
  2. \usepackage{imakeidx}
  3. \makeindex
  4. \begin{document}
  5. I want to build\index{build} an index.
  6. \printindex
  7. \end{document}

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