# TEXMAKER when compiling gives me error misplaced alignment [duplicate]

! Misplaced alignment tab character &.
<argument> ...d/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-78751524824&
partnerID=40&md5=4144bdb06...
l.76 ...D=40&md5=4144bdb064f723bb3e27d5ff60673d79}


I can't figure out why you would want to use a tab mark

## marked as duplicate by Sean Allred, egreg, Jesse, Svend Tveskæg, lockstepMar 24 '14 at 15:54

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Please help us to help you and 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}. – jub0bs Mar 24 '14 at 12:35
• @SeanAllred these things are tricky, it's a duplicate problem (and duplicate answer) but the way the question is phrased is different, It's not "how do I type this special character" it's "what does this error mean" If the OP had spotted that & was special the question wouldn't have arisen, which means they are unlikely to find the duplicate. – David Carlisle Mar 24 '14 at 12:47
texmaker is just the editor, the error comes from TeX. You have used & which is reserved for marking table cells (alignment tabs) to get a & in text you need \& (or better use the url package).