{symbols} is about specific non-alphabetic symbols or math symbols, e.g., about looking-up, constructing, or using symbols. For questions about {fonts} or alphabetic {characters} use the respective tag instead.

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How to horizontally merge two symbols?

This is a very short question and hopefully there's a short answer. I know I can use \stackrel{top}{bot} to vertically merge two symbols into one with top on top and bot on the bottom. Is there ...
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Include < (fewer than) and > (greater than) inequality symbols

I'd like to include the < and > symbols into my document. First I tried to just type it in. But after generating the document I saw only an inverted ? instead of the > symbol. That's why I ...
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The line produced by \not looks bad on wider symbols

When using \not together with wider symbols such as \Leftrightarrow the diagonal line produced by \not is placed too far to the left. How can the line be properly aligned? For example the following ...
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A symbol for the field of formal Laurent series

In my area of math one of the objects that pops up quite often is the field of all formal Laurent series. Now the trouble is that the notation for this field is $\mathbf{C} (( t ))$. Now the two ...
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Symbol for “corresponds to” (equals sign with hat) [duplicate]

Recently in some LaTeX documentation I noticed that there is a special LaTeX command for the symbol meaning "corresponds to", which is similar to an equal sign with a hat on top. \hat{=} or ...
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More aesthetic (perhaps shallower) superscript check symbol

The standard way to produce a superscript check mark in latex would be something like $\mathcal{E}^{\vee}$ (this is a notation often used for the dual of a locally free sheaf $\mathcal{E}$.) An ...
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AC source symbol in TikZ circuits.ee.IEC library

I can draw an AC source manually: \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) sin (1,1) cos (2,0) sin (3,-1) cos (4,0); \draw (2,0) circle (2.5); \end{tikzpicture} How do I declare an ACsource symbol so ...
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How to use a custom, scalable, symbol in LaTeX

I want to use a custom symbol in my document that is treated like any other letter or math symbol by LaTeX. I do not want to superimpose existing symbols in order to create a new one but rather create ...
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Rotation in \ddots

I want to write a math equation that needs power of dots. I tried these code {2^{2^{2^{\ddots^{2}}}}} But the dots needs to be rotated
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The modulo two sum sign in LaTeX

I would like to know how I can obtain the 'modulo two sum' sign (unicode 2A0A i.e., the letter sigma with a circle in its middle). I know I can obtain it by using the unicode-math package. But does ...
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Changing “-” to \textendash

I have a large LaTeX document, where hyphens are typeset with a single dash ("-") throughout. In my font, this shows up as a bold and vertically slightly off-center blob, but I'd like it to look like ...
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Is a cupdot symbol available in amsmath? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a command in amsmath that makes something like \cupdot in MnSymbol (I hope spell it right...). Look at the picture below: i.e. a command that puts a dot instead of the "+". One ...
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which package for \oiint symbol

I have some code which uses the \oiint symbol. However there are many packages that provide this command. Most of for special fonts. I am using lmodern however and want a package that provides the ...
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Ellipsis with a period/fullstop

While quoting how ellipsis should be used if few sentences are omitted in between. (ommissions are not clauses or words or phrases, but sentences). For example if there is a passage like: This is a ...
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A better notation to denote arcs for an American high school textbook

For years, I've been using a hobbled together command to get the arc notation as used in the textbooks adopted by high schools in my area. I'm not really all that pleased with the result: it's just ...
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How can I typeset an extra-long \textbar?

This is what I get with \textbar: This is what I want it to look like:
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Create my own mapping for XeTeX fonts

I'm trying to create mapping files, to make use of Cambria Math italic calligraphic and double stroke letters in Plain XeTeX. However, I'm unable to do so. This is what I tried to create for the ...
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How can I put musical clefs in the middle of text?

I'm setting a document that includes some music; I'm using lilypond-book for the musical examples. However, there are some points where the author has inserted a musical symbol in the text; I'm using ...
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X mark to match checkmark

I am looking to have an X mark that compliments the \checkmark symbol in the amsmath package. I've had a look at some in symbols-a4.pdf but can't seem to find the matching one! What symbol works well? ...
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Is there a wider equal sign?

I have defined the equal by definition sign: with this code: \newcommand{\eqdef}{\overset{def}{=}}. However, "def" extends over the edges of the equal sign. Is there a wider equal sign to use?
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How do I change the font of a letter?

This is a partial re-asking of my question Can I change the font and colour of a letter permanently?. The answers there focussed on the colour aspect of what I wanted. I also want to be able to ...
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What useful web services are out there?

Looking at this question, I wonder what good and useful web services are out there. For example the LaTeX symbol classifier looks interesting. You can draw a symbol with your mouse and get back the ...
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How to typeset block matrices?

I need to typeset a block matrix that is made of a 2X2 structure of blocks such that the (1,1) block and the (2,2) blocks are zero and the (1,2) and the (2,1) blocks are non-zero (and happen to have a ...
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3 dots in matrix

I was wondering if anyone knew how to draw 3 dots in a matrix that go in a diagonal way usually to represent that element flow similarily in the slots. I know there's one that goes in the bottom right ...
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How to get a good “divisible by” symbol?

In addition to the "divides" relation, denoted b | a, there is also a "divisible by" relation expressing the converse (a is divisible by b), often designated with three vertical dots. Up until now, ...
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Problems with custom symbols

I'm trying to include some custom symbols in LaTeX. So I have some vector graphic images that I export to PDF, such as: and I include them in LaTeX using ...
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Is there a circle symbol?

Is there a circle symbol for the composition of two functions? Or do I have to resort to using other ways to represent that?
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Underscore in textmode vs mathmode

I use _ character often in text mode, so I changed category of underscore: \catcode\_=12, but that applies also to mathmode and now I'm unable to make subscripts with underscore in mathmode. Is there ...
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Writing { and } to a file with LaTeX

How can the special characters { and } be written literally to an external file in LaTeX, without being balanced? Obviously the following does not work: \immediate\write\my@outfile{{} ...
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How to typeset mathematical symbols (with index, etc) always the same way and easily?

When I started to write my thesis I decided not to make things too complicated and to just type mathematical symbols each time they appear, like $V_{s1}$ or ${CV_{D,\, \mathrm{Si}}^{*}}$ Now, finally ...
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How to insert pipe symbol in (La)TeX?

How to insert pipe symbol | in TeX (LaTeX)? I have tried this sample with pdflatex tmp.tex \documentclass{extarticle} \begin{document} \textpipe \end{document} And it give undefined control ...
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\varepsilon vs. \epsilon

I cannot remember anyone writing the letter epsilon in any other way than \varepsilon in any math class; but in LaTeX \epsilon and \varepsilon are different symbols. Do anyone of you know why there ...
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Regularized Product Symbol

How so I make a regularized product symbol like in Deninger's papers. It looks like a II, only large like $\prod$ only with a bottom on it too, as in the following paper abstract:
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How do you swap the commands for two symbols?

I find that I much prefer \varphi to \phi and generally would rather use the \varphi than the \phi. But it's three more characters to type \varphi instead of \phi, which is most troublesome. So I ...
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Creating Boxed Check Mark

Is there a way to create a box with a check mark in the center of it and the check mark coming out of the box? For example: $\boxdot$ or $\boxtimes$, but instead have a check mark placed at the ...
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How to write checkmark in latex [duplicate]

I want to put some checkmarks inside table cells. I have put a cross sign using $\times$ but I really don't know how to write a checkmark in latex. I used \usepackage{bbding} package and \checkmark ...
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Smaller membership symbol

To mean that x is an element of X, we can write x \in X. However, in the standard packages, the membership symbol that results is too big; it draws too much attention to itself. This is especially ...
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How do I stack more than two arrows in math mode?

The command \rightrightarrows (from amssymb) draws two arrows, one on top of another. How do I get three arrows arranged in a similar fashion? An example of this (and other fancy arrow stackings) ...
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How to create dashed right arrow over symbol?

Recently I asked this question: Dashed left arrow over symbol I needed to know how to put an dashed left arrow over a symbol. I received two answers, one of them used Tikz for this, other use pure ...
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How to get “LaTeX” symbol in document

I want to get that fancy LaTeX symbol to put in one of my documents but I cannot find it anywhere. All searching for things like latex symbol have not resulted in the symbol but other symbols.
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Fancy cross-referencing

As an extended idea of Using section sign (§) for cross-references to sections, how can we use See ⚙5.2 and ☰5.3 in ☞123. instead of: See figure 5.2 and table 5.3 in page 123. ...
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Spacing between triple vertical lines

I would like to create a norm-like operator with 3 verticals bars instead of two. It has to look like $|||\cdot|||$. I would like to know how to decrease the spacing between the vertical bars such ...
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Looking for symbol: Shield

I am looking for a "Shield" symbol: I already perused the Comprehensive Latex Symbol List, with the closest fit being \dsheraldical from the dictsym package, which is however non-satisfactory ...
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Allow underscore in PGFPlots tick labels read from table

I'm trying to use the text data from a table column as the tick labels in a plot. The text data contains underscores, which makes LaTeX throw a Missing $ inserted error. I'd usually get around this by ...
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Are itemize and EBGaramond compatible?

This MWE works: \documentclass[english]{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{luainputenc} \makeatletter %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% User specified LaTeX commands. ...
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Cursive lowercase ell

What is the easiest way to make a cursive lowercase ell in latex math mode?
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Substituting character $l$ with $\ell$ throughout math mode

How do I overwrite the default $l$ character so that it is substituted by $\ell$ throughout math mode? (More generally, is there an easy way to make such symbol substitutions?)
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Solid black box in the proof environment

I am using \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsthm} \begin{document} \begin{proof} A = B \end{proof} \end{document} and an empty square box ...
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Extracting characters from the new libertine (with pdflatex)

The issue: I need to access e.g. libertine's delta glyph in pdflatex. This question notes that the \libertineGlyph command is no longer provided by the latest version of the libertine package. It ...
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Free, non-upright, blackboard, Type1 font

Is there a free package to get non-upright (i.e. italic or slanted) blackboard symbols in a Type1 font? It's easy to get three of the four properties (i.e. blackboard italic font, ...