I usually appreciate TeXnicCenter's feature of automatically replacing " with `` and '', but sometimes I actually need " in the source, e.g. in "| to prevent a ligature. Is there a clever way (like a special key combination) to achieve this?

(Obviously, changing the TeXnicCenter setting is not an option. So far, I'd open up notepad real quick and type, copy, and paste ", but I'm looking for a more efficient way.)

I use TeXnicCenter 1.0 RC 1.

  • It doesn't appear "Own Text Module" in TC alpha, just "Manage Text Modules", does anyone know how to get this nice customization in TC alpha? Thanks!
    – user5492
    Sep 22, 2011 at 18:28
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    – Caramdir
    Sep 22, 2011 at 18:37
  • Welcome from me, too. I agree that this shouldn't be an answer, but the issue here might be so minute that it can easily be solved in a comment. Did you define your own text module first? For that, the precise order of clicks is: InsertOwn Text ModulesManage Text Modules (in TXC 1.0 Stable Release Candidate 1). A restart of TXC might be required in between defining the text module and assigning the shortcut to it.
    – doncherry
    Sep 22, 2011 at 18:59

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Not a really comfortable way, but if you don't have to use the " symbol too often, you could use a text module:

  1. Go to Insert->Own Text Modules->Manage Text Modules...
  2. Create a New text module like this:

    dialog window

  3. Click OK to confirm your changes.

From now on, you can insert the " symbol at the current position using Insert->Own Text Modules->Straight quotation mark.

  • 1
    That's great! Starting from there, you can even assign a custom keyboard shortcut, you just have to make sure the straight quotes text module is the first, alphabetically (e.g. by putting a 1 in front of its name). Then go to Tools->Customize->Keyboard->Category:Insert->Own Text Module and assign whatever shortcut is desired. This makes " pretty comfortable to type, but it only works for one text module.
    – doncherry
    Apr 26, 2011 at 19:16

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