And the reason that you wish to use an external directory is simple: If
you delete the main MikTeX tree when you wish to add a new version, you
don't want to delete private files.

As I noted earlier, you need to ensure that you don't save system files on
your private tree. They are brought in first. If they are out of date, you
can get version inconsistency.

Paul A. Thompson

On Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 5:26 PM George N. White III <>

> On Sun, 26 Jan 2020 at 18:18, Virgil Stokes <> wrote:
>> A better question I hope :-P
>> -------- Forwarded Message --------
>> Subject: Installation of my own *.cls or *.sty file -- How?
>> Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:08:37 +0100
>> From: Virgil Stokes <> <>
>> To:
>> <> <>
>> I recently submitted an email with subject: Installation of my own
>> Package -- How?
>> Before submitting this new email, I tried both suggestions by Paul
>> Thompson and George N. White III. Unfortunately, the links and suggestions
>> given were not applicable to my problem it seems. I also tried many other
>> approaches and none of these solved my problem. I now believe that I asked
>> the wrong question.:-[
>> Perhaps I need to go into more detail on my installation of MikTeX 2.9.
>> Here is the complete path to my LaTeX packages:  C:\Program Files\MiKTeX
>> 2.9\tex\latex
>> I would like to add the following *.cls file to my MikTeX 2.9
>> installation:  elsarticleC.cls
>> I have attached an image of my miktex-console_admin because some of the
>> suggestions given just do not apply as you can see from the attached images.
>> I would appreciate a 2nd look by Paul and George.
> If you select the "Settings" panel and then the "Directories" tab, you
> should see a link "Which is the best directory to keep my .sty files?"
> This link shows you how to create the TDS structure for a LaTeX class.
> You need to do this is a location outside the MiKTeX package directories.
>> Note, I had no problem with handling this with a previous (older) version
>> of MikTeX with a different console.
> At one time it may have been possible to add a file to one of the MiKTeX
> directories, but it has always been
> recommended that user files go in a new TDS tree outside the MiKTeX
> directories.
> --
> George N. White III

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