{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 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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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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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 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 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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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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divides, not divides and cardinalities

In group theory it happens very often that you want to say: "The order of $H$ divides / does not divide the order of $G$." But the length of | is then always the same: $ |H| | |G| $ produces |H|||G| ...
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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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Identifying a single math symbol

I would like to reproduce the following symbol: The proof wiki does not seem to refer to that symbol, I did not find any font corresponding in the Math alphabets and the mathalfa package by ...
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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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\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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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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Which symbols need to be escaped in ConTeXt?

When writing "$" or "%" in a document, one must used \$ and \% so that they will be interpreted as symbols which should be displayed along with the text. What other symbols need to be escaped in ...
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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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Detect if all required glyphs are available

In XeTeX, a message is printed to the log file if a glyph is not available with the current font. The input \documentclass{scrartcl} \begin{document} α \end{document} leads to the following ...
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Using \leftroot{}, \uproot{} with closed square root symbol

As mentioned in this answer to Nice-looking p-th roots the amsmath package provides \leftroot{} and \uproot{} which allow you to move the position of the root to the left, and up in small increments. ...
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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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Annuity notation in LaTeX

How do you write this in LaTeX:
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Inline boxes: alternative to pifont's non-filled-but-shadowed box?

I often need to draw inline boxes in specific rgb-colors. I really like how easy to use the pifont package is for this purpose. But just the filled boxes look as desired. The shadowish look of the ...
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How can I get straight double quotes in listings?

My question is related to the following two How to have straight single quotes in lstlistings In the minted package, how do I enforce straight single quotes? but I'm specifically asking about ...
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A bold plus symbol in math mode

I'd like to use a different + symbol in addition to + in math mode, preferably one which is just bolder than the standard one. I'm currently using \pmb{+} from the amsbsy package, but it's a bit too ...
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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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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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How to use an underscore in a filename

With the commands \openout and \write I output text into a file. I want this file to have a name of containing an underscore (eg. name_01.txt), but I'm unable to get the underscore in the filename. My ...
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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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Missing $ inserted

I am new to latex. I am trying to compile someone else's document. I have all the correct packages installed, but I get the following error: *Overfull \hbox <37.8394pt too wide> in paragraph ...
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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 to put a symbol inside a circle arrow?

I'm trying to draw a clockwise circle arrow with a symbol inside. My current solution requires manual alignment of the content, and as such doesn't look very good. ...
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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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What is the best symbol for vector/matrix transpose?

What is the best or most popular symbol for vector/matrix transpose? I have used simply ^T, for example $c^T x$. I think it is ugly, mainly because it is a little too big compared with vector ...
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What's the best way to write e-mail addresses?

When trying to write an e-mail address, there are always problems with the @ sign. Solutions I've seen suggested are using some verbatim environment (more difficult in footnotes) and using a ...
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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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What is the LaTeX command for “em dash” (—)?

I am trying to insert the symbol in the title of the question, which I copied from a PDF article, but it appears as space in the output file. What is the corresponding LaTeX command?
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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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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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What's a good way to write “x does not divide y”?

The way I currently do it is $x \not | y$, which looks awful. There's got to be something better available.
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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?