Whenever I type something such as The energy's source, TexShop changes the apostrophe into a curly one which does not print in the PDF.

How can I stop future apostrophes from being changed without much of a hassle ?

Using TexShop :





This is what happens :

I type an apostrophe, the TexShop changes it to a curly apostrophe in the editor :

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However this does not print in the PDF file as TexShop doesn't recognise it when it TypeSets.

If I manually change it to

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Then it prints normally, but I can't keep changing it manually every time I type apostrophes because (1) I forget (2) it's not convenient.

  • Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}.
    – user13907
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:09
  • What editor do you use? I don't have that problem in TeXmaker on Mac OS...
    – jub0bs
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:09
  • A workaround is to use \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} to handle "smart quotes" in LaTeX.
    – Guido
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:12
  • @Jubobs I tagged TexShop
    – Razor
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:12
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    Take a look in your system prefs under Language & Text. There you can change the automatic conversion of quotes. Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:47

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Apparently using TexShop I should disable this :

Edit > Substitutions > Smart Quotes

The editor doesn't change apostrophes to curly ones anymore.

  • @Papiro Thank you for answering though. I was planning to add it is a macro and insert it as a shortcut whenever I type ' if I couldn't figure it out.
    – Razor
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:59

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