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I would like to use Palatino for running text and some matching fonts for math, so I use the package mathpazo. Is there a way to get the \textleftarrow?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage{mathpazo}

\begin{document}
abc\textleftarrow
\end{document}
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Just redeclare the default command:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage{mathpazo}

\makeatletter
\DeclareTextCommandDefault{\textleftarrow}{\mbox{$\m@th\leftarrow$}}
\makeatother

You can refine the definition as you prefer.

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\ensuremath{\leftarrow} will do the job, surely?

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Yes it does, but somehow I would like to try to use the code above and not make textcomp fail if a command is unknown. –  topskip Jun 8 '12 at 8:28
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