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I am using the following syntax in my document's preamble :

\usepackage{amssymb}

Question is, must I use \begin{math} \*symbol* \end{math] every time I type in a symbol ? Or am I missing an easier way to insert symbols ?

I tried looking online before posting but haven't found an answer.

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    Are you concerned with math-related symbols? If so, using either $<symbol macro>$ or \(<symbol macro>\) will work. There also plenty text-mode symbols; for those, it's not necessary to enter math mode. – Mico Apr 22 '13 at 2:24
  • @Mico Suggested by OP to be an answer. I am rather young here, so I am afraid that I can act against the rules, when I incorporate your comment into my answer, as suggested by NLed. – Przemysław Scherwentke Apr 22 '13 at 2:33
  • @PrzemysławScherwentke - Not to worry: Just augment your answer, per the OP's suggestion, to mention the \( ... \) method. – Mico Apr 22 '13 at 2:34
  • @PrzemysławScherwentke you could also mention that $...$ is robust, but \(...\) is fragile. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 22 '13 at 2:39
  • It's encouraging, in a way, to see that someone, at least, seems to be learning LaTeX from a source that completely eschews plain TeX constructs; it's too easy to learn a muddle of deprecated hacks from internet references. The question is, what source would consider \begin{math} to be the sole math-mode delimiter? That's just perverse. – Ryan Reich Apr 22 '13 at 2:41
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No. You can use $...$; for example, $\heartsuit$. Another simple method -- also mentioned in @Mico's comment -- is to use \(...\): \( \heartsuit \).

  • Thank you very much. You might want to add what Mico posted above too for other people to see. – Razor Apr 22 '13 at 2:26
  • I've taken the liberty of editing your answer to streamline the reference to the \( ... \) method. :-) – Mico Apr 22 '13 at 17:08

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