{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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Why is the % symbol not showing with XeTeX?

I'm using XeTeX and my % symbol is not showing when I compile to PDF! I've added my code below. I've gone through the XeTeX companion guide (maybe not very thoroughly) and Googled, but I can't find ...
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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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Drawing stars/similar with Tikz

I'm writing a review for a book at the moment, and I thought I'd be clever and show off what LaTeX is capable of by adding a x-out-of-y stars graphic. Tikz can do many things so I would have thought ...
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singly embedded sum and product signs

I deal with a lot of double sums / double products. I would like to be able to massage TeX into producing something like this: (that was made with the gimp) ... and a product in product symbol as ...
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How to do the 'curvy L' for Lagrangian or Laplace Transforms?

I am new to TeX, working on it for about 2 months. Have not yet figured out how to script the 'curvy L' for Lagrangian and/or for Laplace Transforms. As of now I am using the 'L' - which is not good! ...
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Escape “> and <”

I have the following piece of text which I want to output literally: <<"Welcome">>. However it's converted to those funky quotations. I've been trying all sorts of things with \ mostly but ...
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Free ornaments font

I'm looking for a free ornaments font. I know about webomint and pifont. Where can I find more glyphs?
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How to create an equation library, to be called like bibtex?

I am newby in LateX, but I want to create an stand alone document to be used as a equation library where I can select my equations by calling them by name, and finally produce a list of equations used ...
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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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Several symbols — check with box etc.

I have several symbols I don't know how to make. I have already gone to http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html to try to get answers, but I failed. Please help me. ☑☒ For the check with a box ...
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How to get monospace logic formulas?

The following does not work in LaTeX because logic symbols can only be used in maths mode: \texttt{\forall x(\exists y((f(x)=y)\land(\neg(g(y)=y))))} I want to do this to stress the nature of such ...
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A symbol used in civil engineering

How to make a symbol like this? Due to the reputation limit, I can't upload an image. So I decribe the symbol by word, I hope you can understand it. My symbol is: a phi with an underscore. phi is ...
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The standard \cup vs. the mathabx \cup

I'm interested in using the standard \cup, i.e. and the one given by importing the mathabx \cup in the same document. Does anyone know how to do that?
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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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What I need to use extra symbols in MinionPro?

I've just installed MinionPro fonts for LaTeX, as it is written in the HowTo of the minionpro package. My font's version is "Version 2.030;PS 2.000;hotconv 1.0.51;makeotf.lib2.0.1867. Than, I tried to ...
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Prevent hyphenation in \texttt words

Background The text contains programming variable names such as report_city and SUBREPORT_FILE. All such variables are marked up with \texttt. Problem Some variable names are hyphenated: ...
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filled \diamondsuit and \heartsuit

\clubsuit, \diamondsuit and the like produce the familiar card suit symbols; however, the diamond and heart suits are empty (only outlined), while clubs and spades are filled. Is there a way to obtain ...
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Access specific characters in LuaTeX

Recently, I switched from XeTeX to LuaTex for a document of mine. However, there is a feature which I do not immediately see how to convert: Accessing specific characters. In particular, I need the ...
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electronics TeX

is there a good TeX flavor for expressing electronics symbols in documents?
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Replace hyphenation character by a backwards arrow

I am setting e.g. directory names in a typewriter font. These names can become long. With the hyphenat package, I enabled hyphenation. Now, what is missing, is that the hyphenation character is ...
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Question mark over equals sign [duplicate]

I'd like to have output an equals sign that has a small question mark over the top of it. (I'm proving an equation, but it is not obvious until the final step that the equation is true.) Do I need to ...
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How to prevent MnSymbols from aliasing \emptyset=\varnothing=\diameter?

I'd really like to keep the default \emptyset. I also use MnSymbol. But MnSymbols aliases \emptyset and \varnothing to \diameter. How can I prevent that from happening? Could I save \emptyset ...
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Equation var with apostrophes?

So I wrote this: $\{m'_{i}\}$ Without success, (I get errors/warning) How do I write the apostrophe in Latex? Thanks;)
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How can I get capital Angstrom symbol to appear in bibliography (using .bib file and natbib)?

I have search all around but cannot seem to find the solution for getting a capital angstrom symbol (an "A" with a small circle above it) to appear in the bibliography of my dissertation. Instead, it ...
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How to type special/accented letters in LaTeX?

How to type these special letters from European languages in latex? ä, é, and L'?
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The § character

I need information about § character. I have seen it used for numbering (equivalent to nº) and as a separator. Which is its name or code? Where can it be used?
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Escape & Sanitize User Input

Background Generate a book with user content. Problem Names like Marie Curie-Sk\l{}odowska, when not escaped (e.g., MARIE CURIE-SKŁODOWSKA) cause LaTeX to fail. Questions What macros are ...
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Reduce size of \bullet character in lists

Example for a list using mdwlist: \begin{itemize*} \item First \item Second \end{itemize*} The bullet symbol for the first level can be redefined with: \renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\bullet$} It ...
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How to display polynomial-time “reduction” symbol?

I'm looking for a package where is defined the symbol for polynomial-time reduction that looks like the infinity symbol. Thanks!
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String/vector concatenation symbol

I'm looking for a math symbol to represent the concatenation of two vectors: if x = (x1, x2) and y = (y1, y2) then x ? y = (x1, x2, y1, y2). I'm not very much at home in vector calculus, so I don't ...
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How do I make math symbols bigger?

I'm using Scrivener to convert multimarkdown to LaTeX and then using TeXshop to typeset my document.This work flow works great for me except for the fact that I'd like to be able to make certain math ...
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How to set the size of a single symbol defined via \DeclareMathSymbol?

I am using the following definition for a symbol I call \nstn: \DeclareSymbolFont{largesym}{OML}{cmm}{m}{it} \DeclareMathSymbol{\nstn}{0}{largesym}{"22} How can I set the size of this single symbol ...
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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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Alternate Greek symbols

I remember there being a way to display some Greek letters in a slightly different style (like how people often write Greek letters a bit differently than they're printed). Can anybody remind me of ...
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Why duplicate symbol commands

I am wondering why so many duplicates of a symbol exist in latex. Let me provide some: For prime I know two types: 1. $f'$ 2. $f^\prime$ in Wiki Prime Symbol it is explained why \prime is introduced: ...
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How to draw a vertical line of desired length in equations.

I am writing a big formula where a vertical line is needed. Instead of $\vline$ or $|$, does anyone know a way to draw this vertical line of desired length? The formula is something like $$ E\Bigg[ ...
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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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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 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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What is the use of percent signs (%) at the end of lines?

I see that the code in many packages and examples contains percent signs % at the end of (many) lines. What are they used for? Do they affect the parsing of those lines?
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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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Arrow with text above

I am drawing an arrow using the following command: $ \xleftarrow{\mbox{\tiny{BCast}}} $‎. I have tested the command in two different environments: TeXShop (MacOS, uses TeX Live) outputs an arrow ...
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vertically centered dot

I want to have a function name (like g(.)) and I do this in this ways: $g \left( . \right)$ $g(.)$ But in either way, the dot "." seems a little lower than it is better to be. I am wondering if ...
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Relation symbol used by Conway in On Numbers and Games

I'm trying to find a nice way to typeset a relation used in combinatorial game theory. It's supposed to be a combination of < and || symbols (with the first vertical line connected to the <), ...
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How to escape the & (ampersand) character in BibTeX?

I would like to put a & character in a BibTeX publisher tag. Thus far I have tried: \& {&} {\&} "&" with the full value enclosed in curly braces and double quotes. No matter ...
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Change arrow head of \xrightarrow[]{}

I am using \xrightarrow{} in many places in my document. I want to change the tip to look like the one that gets produced by -latex. I am trying to get a similar tip for the \xrightarrow{} macro.
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Good way to make \textcircled numbers?

I'm trying to make some good-looking numbers in a circle, using the simple command: \textcircled{1} However, the circle is misaligned vertically with the number, and look a bit sloppy: Any ...
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Symbol for Gaussian distribution

What is the symbol for the normal density function in LaTeX?
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Minimum length for \xrightarrow

I want to place text over arrows. The obvious choice is to use the amsmath command \xrightarrow{#1} However, sometimes the text above may be a single digit: %Example 1 \xrightarrow{1} other times ...
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How do I make the 'such that' symbol from Set Theory?

I am looking for the 'such that' symbol in set theory. I don't know what it's called so I'm not sure how to look for it. For the moment, I am just using this '|'. What is the appropriate symbol?