Is there a way to produce this division symbol? ÷

The term \div gives an error of Missing $ inserted.

is not working either.

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    I guess you have not tried $\div$, correct?
    – Werner
    Apr 10, 2013 at 23:41
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    \div is a mathematical symbol, so it should be inside a math formula: $6\div 3=2$ should work. If you want to use it in text, do \usepackage{textcomp} and use \textdiv.
    – egreg
    Apr 10, 2013 at 23:46
  • No, I hadn't tried with dollar signs or with the textcomp package. Thank you all so very much -- greatly appreciated!
    – lawlist
    Apr 11, 2013 at 3:17

2 Answers 2


Werner's and egreg's comments are correct: you should still use \div, but inside of math mode.

So: $6 \div 3 = 2$.

$6 \div 3 = 2$

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    @lawlist: your upvote (and check if this the answer you adopt) are thanks enough. Apr 11, 2013 at 3:19

The questioner said: Is there a way to produce this division symbol? ÷

And I said:

With PSTricks

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With TikZ


    \draw[line width=10pt,fill=black] 
        (0,2) -- (4,2)
        (2,0.75) circle (15pt)
        (2,3.25) circle (15pt);


If you need a fancier div symbol...

enter image description here

\pstVerb{/ptcm {\pst@number\psunit\space div} bind def}
    \psframe[linewidth=10pt](!0 2 5 ptcm sub)(!4 2 5 ptcm add)
    \moveto(!2 15 ptcm add 0.75)
    \moveto(!2 15 ptcm add 3.25)
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    It seems gratuitous to use TikZ or PSTricks to recreate a symbol that is in the basic set of math fonts. I can't think of any reason to adopt this answer over just \div, and worse, it might intimidate a novice user. (As I make this comment I see someone else has already downvoted.) Apr 11, 2013 at 1:02
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    @MatthewLeingang: It depends on the context of use that has not been clearly defined in the question. Apr 11, 2013 at 1:14
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    @Karl'sstudents May be write in bold at Starting of Answer Warning:Overkill solution Don't Use routinely, Only for fun to make your attempt explicit so that there will be no Downvotes. I did not downvote as i know you are very knowledgeable person :). Apr 11, 2013 at 3:32
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    This above solution has the definite weakness of not resizing in sub/scripts and other such situations, in contrast to \div. Apr 14, 2013 at 13:45
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    @AndrewSwann: You are not absolutely wrong. :-) Apr 14, 2013 at 13:58

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