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I am using the following syntax in my document's preamble :

\usepackage{amssymb}

Question is, must I use \begin{math} \*symbol* \end{math] every time I type in a symbol ? Or am I missing an easier way to insert symbols ?

I tried looking online before posting but haven't found an answer.

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Are you concerned with math-related symbols? If so, using either $<symbol macro>$ or \(<symbol macro>\) will work. There also plenty text-mode symbols; for those, it's not necessary to enter math mode. –  Mico Apr 22 '13 at 2:24
    
Thank you, didnt know about either of these. –  Razor Apr 22 '13 at 2:26
    
@Mico Suggested by OP to be an answer. I am rather young here, so I am afraid that I can act against the rules, when I incorporate your comment into my answer, as suggested by NLed. –  Przemysław Scherwentke Apr 22 '13 at 2:33
    
@PrzemysławScherwentke - Not to worry: Just augment your answer, per the OP's suggestion, to mention the \( ... \) method. –  Mico Apr 22 '13 at 2:34
    
@PrzemysławScherwentke you could also mention that $...$ is robust, but \(...\) is fragile. –  Gonzalo Medina Apr 22 '13 at 2:39
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No. You can use $...$; for example, $\heartsuit$. Another simple method -- also mentioned in @Mico's comment -- is to use \(...\): \( \heartsuit \).

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Thank you very much. You might want to add what Mico posted above too for other people to see. –  Razor Apr 22 '13 at 2:26
    
I've taken the liberty of editing your answer to streamline the reference to the \( ... \) method. :-) –  Mico Apr 22 '13 at 17:08
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