{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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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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eurosym seems to not be working

I just tried the eurosym package for the first time, and when I try $\euro$, I simply get e. I have tried looking on line, for instance http://www.theiling.de/eurosym.html and on CTAN. Seems to ...
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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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Changing footnote symbols

I was wondering if there is way to change the symbols of footnotes to any symbol I want. I know there are some packages that put away the numbers and use predefined symbols, but I want to use some ...
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How can I type “lambda-bar”?

I would like to be able to add the symbol "lambda-bar" (see below) into an equation. How can I do this?
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Extendible equals sign

I have a command that has been floating around in my standard preamble for a while: \newcommand{\xeq}[1]{\stackrel{\;#1}{\cleaders\hbox{=\!}\hfill}\:} It is meant to mimic the AMS-LaTeX extendible ...
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How to put something at the top of the \longrightarrow?

I would like to put something at the top of the \longrightarrow, something like \longrightarrow^{k\rightarrow\infty}. However, instead of putting k\rightarrow\infty on the top right corner, I would ...
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How does one TeX a blank?

By blank, I'm looking to TeX something like this: $\{\emptyset\}$ _ $\{\emptyset,\{\emptyset\}\}$, but I want the _ to look more like a longer blank as you'd see in a fill-in-the-blank type of ...
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How can I make an overset symbol at the same size and height as \bar except with a different symbol?

Apologies for the cryptic title, but I was not sure how best to phrase the question in one sentence. I am essentially trying the create a vector symbol with \rightharpoonup as the top instead of the ...
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Discard symbols from package

I want to use a single symbol from the MnSymbol package, \nuparrow (I can't find that symbol anywhere else). But if I use it, then it upsets the symbols in the rest of the document, which I am happy ...
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What font package do I use to get the vertical Russan/German style integral signs?

What font package do I use to get the vertical Russan/German style integral signs? (subject says all)
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Configurable spacing after \dots

LaTeX adds some space after the ellipsis \textellipsis. This is enhanced by ellipsis package, which only adds space before certain characters (and also gives the option to configure “easily” the ...
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Less pointy angle brackets

I was looking for a way to beautifully display UML stereotype titles including angle brackets like you can see here: What I came up with is $\mathtt{\ll metaclass\gg}$, however, as you can see here ...
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Is there a standard symbol for conditional independence?

I have found this symbol defined as: \def\ci{\perp\!\!\!\perp} on the wikipedia page for Conditional Independence. There's this from the Comprehensive LaTex Symbol List page 106: Donald ...
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\sqrt: The vinculum and the rest of the radical are misaligned

When the height of the radicand exceeds a certain threshold, LaTeX replaces the check-sign-like part of the root sign with a more vertical one. This behavior has a flaw: The vertical replacement part ...
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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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d with a little line through the top of it

In math mode one can do $\hbar$, which produces an h with a little line through the top of it. I want to do the same thing, except with the letter d instead. Is there a generalization of $\hbar$ that ...
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Define strange operators

I' looking for a symbol rendering the connected sum of $n$ topological spaces (or other quite strange topological operations) in a "product-like" manner... What For example in writing $$ ...
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Can spaces at the beginning of a line ever cause problems?

To structure my sourcecode, I often use spaces for padding: \newcommand{\st}[1]{% \begin{tabular}{lr} \emph{Student} & \emph{Score}\\ #1 \end{tabular}% } Can this ever cause ...
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Make all footnotes numbered subsequently, but one with a symbol

I was wandering if there's a way to make only one footnote appear with a symbol (*) instead of the number. Thanks!!!
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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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How to type \sim above another symbol x?

I want to put a "~" above x, just like \hat x but replacing \hat with \sim. How to do that?
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how to use MnSymbol along with other packages

I'm writing a file about algebraic topology, which means that I need all sorts of mathematical symbols, along with many various packages. I tried to use MnSymbol for its various arrows, only to find ...
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Help with math symbols in BibTeX

I am writing a PhD thesis using LaTeX. Every thing is going fine, but I have problem with the output of the mathematical symbols in the references lists. I copy one example from the Pdf file to make ...
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siunitx: specifying custom command as input-symbol

This is a follow up from siunitx uses math mode for symbols - workaround needed when using different fonts for math and text. The problem has been solved thanks to David, however there is a problem ...
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Nice looking empty set?

I feel like the standard $\emptyset$ is ugly. By hand, my empty set symbol is a lot rounder, then this "slashed-zero"-type symbol. Two questions: Do people really use it (I mean people who have any ...
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Generate analog clock with numbered face

I'm trying to generate a clock similar to as in the question asked here But I want the face to be numbered. Is this possible with this package or any other?
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How to stack limits for maths operators?

I have a question on how is it possible to create a \sum with two lower limits directly positioned right underneath each other. I have tried hard and cant seem to get anywhere with it.
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How to print a warning sign (triangle with exclamation point)?

I am interested in including a triangle with an exclamation point (unicode #9888: ⚠) in a tex document. I've looked in the usual places (detexify, etc.) and not found this symbol. The document should ...
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How to create a list of symbols where symbols can be used in math mode?

I describe complex protocols with lots of variables in different files. The problem is that I might change the variable names later. My idea was to define variable names as Latex commands like ...
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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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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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Calculate prices

I want to calculate prices in a LaTex file. This means I want to add two numbers with exactly 2 decimal places and I want to multiply these values by an integer. An other thing is the output format. ...
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How to find out which glyphs are different in an OpenType style set?

With fontspec, and XeTeX or LuaTeX it's possible to access a font's OpenType features, including the Style Sets, e.g. like this: \addfontfeatures{RawFeature=+ss01;+ss18} TeX.sx has already taught ...
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How to make math symbols bigger?

Is there a way to make math symbols bigger? Reason: I've used \sfrac{q}{m}, and those symbols appear far to small, so I would like to make them a bit bigger. edit: I just thought that \sfrac{q}{m} ...
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Typesetting of negative versus minus?

I've occasionally seen a negative (when a number is simply negative, not a subtraction), typeset as negative sign that's slightly skinnier and above the centre line of text. Is this proper notation ...
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Latest advice on the euro symbol

I know there are many packages that offer the euro symbol (€). But which is the best implementation? I read something a couple of years ago [which I can't now find] that assessed the option. But even ...
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How to write ≙ in latex

I want to use unicode character 2259 "estimates" in my document, but cannot find it in the symbols-a4 list or via detexify. It looks exactly like this: ≙ The closest I get is \triangleq: ≜, but it ...
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How to fix missing or incorrect mappings from glyphtounicode.tex

glyphtounicode.tex has been described as the best solution for generating copy-and-pasteable symbols. However, I find that various symbols that I need to use do not paste as the appropriate Unicode ...
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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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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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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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\star vs. \ast in formulas. Which one to use?

When you read a formula aloud you say "r and r-star are related by this formula". If you write this formula down you normally write an r with a six-handed star, which would actually be an asterisk and ...
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How to use maths symbols in text mode?

I try to add a center dot with \circ but it fails to compile. How to use maths symbol in text mode? The error message is ovak, slovenian, spanish, swedish, turkish, turkmen, ukrainian, uppersorbian, ...
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How to pick a specific symbol from a specific font?

Using LuaLatex, I need two very specific symbols from two very specific fonts, namely from the ZapfDingbats and the WingDings font. I understand how I could use the fontspec package to set those ...
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Align \sqrt with baseline of other mathematical input

The following mathmatical expression is not being displayed the way I expect it to be. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} \begin{document} $3x\sqrt{y}-4-2\sqrt{y}+6x$ \end{document} ...
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Detexify couldn't help me find >— and —<, can you?

These symbols are like arrow, except the arrow heads are inverted. Some ASCII art: >-- or --< Could you help?
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Looking for an appropriate icon for figures, one for tables and one for pages referring

Do you know any package that provides appropriate icon for figures, one for tables and one for pages referring(for example a camera and paper icon, ifsym package provides a paper icon but is there any ...
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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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How to make a larger “\dot”

I'm writing up some notes that will be displayed on an overhead projector. The standard time-derivative \dot{x} produces a dot that is hard to see. Does anyone know of a package or have a macro that ...