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As pointed out in this answer, using \( and \) in order to enter inline math mode in LaTeX is the recommended practice. However, this takes a bit longer if one compares it to $.

Is there a way to make it quicker when using emacs+auctex? What are you guys doing in order to type it in quicker?

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I use yasnippet. awesome package for inserting snippets. there is latex snippet bundle you can use. Infact there is already a written snippet to insert exactly what you are asking for.

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It looks like the one thing I was after. Does the LaTeX bundle include a snippet for \( \) or did you add one manually? I found only the one for \[ and \]... – Dror Sep 5 '11 at 5:43
Yes, its already included. I type math and hit TAB. thats it. its dead easy to write a new snippet for your needs. – kindahero Sep 5 '11 at 6:29
Thnx! math+TAB generates a \[ \] pair - but I managed to create the snippet I needed! Thnx again. – Dror Sep 5 '11 at 7:18
@kindahero I would use a simpler key, as in shorter, for inline math because it may be used very often. – N.N. Dec 30 '11 at 13:59
@kindahero Indeed. I just meant that you might use inline math several times per paragraph and then you will be more effective if you use a short key. – N.N. Dec 30 '11 at 15:30

You can setup a key binding in your .emacs file. This definition is based on the one for TeX-insert-braces (C-c{) from tex.el.

(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook
  '(lambda ()
    (define-key TeX-mode-map "\C-cm" 'TeX-insert-inline-math)
    (defun TeX-insert-inline-math (arg)
      "Like TeX-insert-brackes but for \(...\)" (interactive "P")
      (if (TeX-active-mark)
          (if (< (point) (mark)) (exchange-point-and-mark))
          (insert "\\)")
          (save-excursion (goto-char (mark)) (insert "\\(")))
          (insert "\\(")
            (if arg (forward-sexp (prefix-numeric-value arg)))
            (insert "\\)"))))))
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