Typing the formula


doesn't display the % symbol in the document. It looks just how


would be displayed.

Background: When creating a OpenOffice formula as math object % is often used for special symbols, e.g. %alpha displays the proper Greek symbol. Maybe it's assuming I'm trying to get it to be something else?



displays properly (the one that looks like 0/oo).

How do I get the % symbol to show up?

  • Do you just want \%? – Svend Tveskæg Oct 6 '13 at 19:07
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! In TeX the percent sign % begins a comment extending over the whole line. To escape it use \% instead. – moewe Oct 6 '13 at 19:08


By default the %-symbol is the symbol used to make a comment. To display the symbol you have to "escape" it by prefixing it with \, i.e. \%. The same applies for other symbols, e.g. \$, \{ or \}.

The implementation to get the permille symbol was taken from @egreg's answer in Per mille symbol in classicthesis style.




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