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Difference between various methods for producing text in math mode

What is the difference between \text, \textrm, \textnormal, and \mbox (and possibly other commands commonly used to produce text in math mode)? Various (La)TeX tutorials teach different methods, and ...
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Pixel-perfect vertical alignment of image-rendered TeX snippets?

What is the most accurate way to automatically calculate the text baseline in an image that has been rendered from a TeX snippet—so that the rendered image can be given proper vertical alignment in a ...
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Smart parentheses?

Is there a way of smartly nesting parentheses and square brackets (in text mode), so that LaTeX detects nesting relations and typesets them accordingly? I'm thinking in something like csquotes does ...
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Why are so many symbols restricted to math mode?

A common beginner's mistake is to forget \(...\)/$...$ around symbols that require math mode. Why doesn't (La)TeX let people use isolated symbols in text mode by default? I am sure there are at ...
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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 a negative number in text mode: $-$9 or $-9$?

If we want to produce -9, typing -9 in an input file is not correct because - is intentionally designed for hyphenation so its glyph is bad to represent the minus sign. To produce the minus sign, we ...
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Teuthonista diacritics?

I am looking for certain diacritics from the phonetic transcription system of the Sprachatlas der deutschen Schweiz (Swiss German linguistic atlas). It is a system that is similar to the one sometimes ...
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How to imitate a character that looks similar to an inverted 2?

I am trying to imitate a character that looks similar to an inverted 2. It can be seen at the start of the second last words in the following image: What I have come up with so far is using ...
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Is it worth defining \ensuretext ?

We already have \ensuremath to make sure the argument get enclosed in math mode. Is it worth defining \ensuretext ?
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How can you tell whether a given macro is meant to be used in text mode or maths mode?

I recently read answer that discouraged the use of \ensuremath on the grounds that one should know whether each command is meant to be used in math mode or text mode. Given a command, how can you tell ...
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Is it possible to typeset text inside math without amsmath?

Is it possible to typeset text properly inside math without amsmath? Typically I typeset short text using mathrm, or text (amsmath) within equation: $M_\mathrm{effective mass}$ $M_\text{effective ...
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Decrease length of underscore character in normal text (gender_gap)

I use the underscore character _ in normal text mode (not typewriter). However, it is quite long. How can I decrease its length so that it is shorter? I followed the Tex FAQ on how to typeset an ...
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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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sub- and superscripting together in text mode

I want to use sub- and superscript together in text mode. I've found this macro to solve the problem \def\textsubsuperscript#1#2{\rlap{\textsubscript{#1}}\textsuperscript{#2}} But it doesn't works ...
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How to use \left and \right inside text environment

I would like to know how to use the \left and \right options in the text environment. This is what I am trying to do: \left( when factorizing $e^{-2000t}$\right) As you can see, I am trying to make ...
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Is there a “cases” environment in text mode?

The title says it all: The "cases" environment works only in math mode. Is there an alternative in text mode?
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How to show latex commands in text mode

Sorry for the basic question. What I want to do is to show the latex command and, right after that, the output. But how can I show latex formulas without obtaining errors for not using the math mode ...
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Adding Non-breaking space after single character in text mode

Is it possible in LaTeX (2e) to create macro or other processing command that will add non-breaking space after single character in text mode? Example: A new example here will add a "tilde", after ...
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Command for inverse circumflex in text mode

I would like to write this name that have an inverse circumflex above letter c: I have found the command \check{c}, but it is in math mode. I want to find something equivalent but in text mode, to ...
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How to create a newcommand with 2 different meanings for math mode and text mode?

I use the \usepackage{newunicodechar} to enter easily some unicode characters in math mode. For example I used unicode curled phi ( ϕ ) to insert phi in math mode. The problem is that any Unicode ...
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inserting symbols in ieee paper

I want insert some symbols like A' and "BACK" in certain parts of the document.I tried to do it by A\' and \"BACK\" but returned with errors. How to insert this extra symbols The next problem is hoe ...
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Access minus symbol of postscript font in textmode

Do postscript fonts such as libertine (from the libertine-legacy package) or mathpazo have a minus sign that can be accessed when in text mode? What I am trying to do is substitute the normal dash ...
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Vertical bar in text mode [duplicate]

How do I create a vertical bar in text mode, which is a bit thicker and taller than the | character? I used to know how to do this with boxes, but googling no longer turns up any useful resources. ...
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How do I leave horizontal mode?

I was working on my resume and for some reason there is an error message that says "You can't use \moveleft in horizontal mode." I've been working on this for the past 45 minutes and I haven't really ...