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I am typing letters in Latex and I would like to just allow characters such as & and ' to be treated as regular characters and not latex related commands. Is there a simple way to this? Thanks

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You could use a verbatim environment or insert them in a listings environment, or change the activeness of those characters. – Christian Hupfer May 15 '14 at 10:29
How do I use the verbatim package? – linuxfreebird May 15 '14 at 10:32
\begin{verbatim} your text with & and ' characters \end{verbatim} -- but it does not look very nice. You don't need an extra package. – Christian Hupfer May 15 '14 at 10:33
Your right, vertbatim does not look very nice. How does listing work? – linuxfreebird May 15 '14 at 10:36
The question is, whether you want just put some (code) examples of & and ' characters in running text or layout them nicely... or just use David's answer below ;-) – Christian Hupfer May 15 '14 at 10:38

is treated as a regular character.



if you don't need any tables or math alignments just put


after \begin{document}

You should probably use


as well, as the default OT1 encoding is a little eccentric

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