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Nic Doebelin
(ndoebelin at gmx dot ch)


TeXwiz is a document creation wizard for LaTeX documents that supports many of the useful features provided by KOMA script. It allows the user to access many basic and advanced options in a graphical user interface, and produces LaTeX code which is in compliance with two important publications about DOs and DON'Ts: LaTeX Sündenregister (in German) and the KOMA script documentation scrguien / scrguide (included in most LaTeX distribution).

There is no documentation for TeXwiz, but it is recommended to use the What's this-help, which provides detailed information about the GUI elements. For further information on a particular option please refer to other LaTeX documentation, e.g. the KOMA script documentation scrguien / scrguide (included in most LaTeX distributions), the LaTeX companion (ISBN 0201362996), or LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (2nd Edition) (ISBN 0201529831).


When TeXwiz is started for the first time, the texmf and localtexmf directories must be specified in Edit->Preferences..., otherwise the package search function will not work. Close the preferences dialog and set up TeXwiz to your needs. Then open the Preferences dialog again and press Save current settings as defaults.

If everything is set up for the document and title, author etc. are filled in, select File->Preview... to preview the LaTeX code, or File->Save as... to save the code to a *.tex file.

The Add package and Edit BibTeX styles dialogs provide a search function which searches the texmf and localtexmf directories for *.sty and *.bst files, respectively. If these directories are not specified, the function doesn't work. However, the lists can easily be filled by hand if the search function doesn't work for some reason (it hasn't been tested on Solaris yet).


TeXwiz uses the Qt toolkit (http://www.trolltech.com) and runs on all operating systems supported by the Qt-libraries. Precompiled binaries are available for different operating systems (see section Download). Of course a working LaTeX environment is recommended.


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Some example images of the title page:
Custom title page:
Custom title page
Extended titles with document class "scrartcl":
Extended titles (article)
Extended titles with document class "scrreprt" and twoside layout:
extended titles, page 1extended titles, page 2extended titles, page 3


Source code (for Qt4.4): texwiz-2.0.1.tar.gz
Source code (for Qt3.2): texwiz-1.1.2a.tar.gz
Binary for (K)Ubuntu 7.10: Download/texwiz2_2.0.1-1_i386.deb
Binary for OS X (ppc, 10.2, 10.3): TeXwiz-1.1.1.dmg (german version)
Binary for OS X (intel, 10.4): TeXwiz2-2.0.1-intel.dmg
Binary for Solaris 8 (Sparc): texwiz-1.1.1-bin.tar.gz
Binary for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP: TeXwiz-2.0.0-setup.exe

Binaries for OS X and Solaris are statically linked.

How to compile:

TeXwiz uses qmake project files. To compile extract the source code archive, change to the TeXwiz base directory, and type:

qmake texwiz.pro


  • Cleaned up the icon view
  • Ported to Qt4 (>= 4.2)
  • Support for spanish LaTeX documents
  • Minor GUI improvements
  • Note: KDE and Kile integration temporarily removed
  • Fixed crash when used with Kile
  • Uses KDE file dialogs on Linux (optional)
  • GUI setups can be saved as templates
  • Positioning bug in OS X fixed
  • Supports custom markup commands
  • New options to set encoding, line spreading, caption layout
  • Custom markup commands
  • Improved extended titles
  • Fixed and improved preview for margins (DIV/BCOR)
  • Removed PDF options
  • Minor GUI, source code and output improvements
  • removed letter option (needs major improvements later)
  • minor bug fixes and code clean up
1.0rc9, 1.0rc10
  • improved letter options
  • minor bug fixes
  • integration in Kile
  • minor GUI modifications
  • option for sloppy wordspacing (not using the \sloppy switch)
  • improved LaTeX output for letters
  • What's this-help completed
  • website is online
  • fixed strange behaviour of the scrheadings2-dialog
  • rearranged the bibliography style-dialog
Known issues:
  • "search" function for packages and bibliography styles is untested on Windows


TeXwiz is free software released under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Due to recent attempts to declare the GPL invalid I would like to point out the following paragraph:

5. You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works. These actions are prohibited by law if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based on the Program), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so, and all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying the Program or works based on it.

The complete text of the license can be found on

Updated January 24, 2009
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