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Document 695

Message: File (filename) not found

Version: 3.5x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word


During a compilation, this message appears in the LaTeX window and in the .log file:

!LaTeX Error: File '(filename.tex)' not found.

Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed, or enter new name. (Default extension: tex)

Enter file name:


The error occurs when the compiler searches for a missing .tex file or package. When LaTeX can't find a file, it halts and asks for an alternate file name.


You can try to continue the compilation or you can cancel the compilation and try to correct the filename in your document.

  • To continue the compilation, type s or q or r and press Return.

  • To stop the compilation, type x or e and press Return.

  • To ask for help:

    1. Type h and press Return.

      LaTeX displays a new message containing standard error options:

      ! The file name provided could not be found.
      Use '<enter>' to continue processing,
      'S' to scroll future errors
      'R' to run without stopping,
      'Q' to run quietly,
      or 'X' to terminate TeX
      ! .
      l.40 \errmessage{}

    2. Enter one of the options and press Return.

      The options are provided by the fileerr files installed with your system.

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