How do I produce the output >> in a LaTeX Beamer presentation?

When I write >> or \textgreater\textgreater, I get this symbol, which I believe to be the guillemet(»):


I do not want this symbol. I want literally two greater-than symbols, in the context of

Use >> to append to a file, as in date >> dates

  • In what context do you want this symbol to occur? Is this a prompt?
    – jub0bs
    Apr 28, 2014 at 15:13
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    Typing >> was once a way to obtain \guillemotright if babel was loaded with the french(b) option. But the latter consists in only one symbol (», unicode 00187), and you can have it directly in any unicode editor with a suitable keyboard driver. You can obtain something similar in maths with the \gg command.
    – Bernard
    Apr 28, 2014 at 15:25
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    If you don't want the symbols to be considered part of the same ligature, then use >{}>.
    – Werner
    Apr 28, 2014 at 18:40
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    @Jubobs I've updated the question. Although it has been closed as a duplicate, I do not understand how it's a duplicate - I do not want the guillemet, but an output that is literally >>.
    – phihag
    Apr 28, 2014 at 18:40
  • @Werner Thank you very much, that solves my problem. Do you want to make it as a formal answer so I can accept it?
    – phihag
    Apr 28, 2014 at 18:42

2 Answers 2


If you want to avoid the automatic combining of characters, separate them using an empty group >{}>:

>> >{}>

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    If you want/need this to work with LuaTeX then something like >\null> or \>\hbox{}> is needed as LuaTeX doesn't treat {} as breaking up the ligature here.
    – Joseph Wright
    Apr 28, 2014 at 19:21

You can use the math mode \gg just for that symbol. If you think they are too close together, you could use >> (again in math mode) with some negative space \! between them to bring them together a bit.


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  • I would make this a logical markup command, such that the OP does not have to type it all over again (either the one or the other form)
    – user31729
    Apr 28, 2014 at 15:44
  • But don't want that symbol. I do want two greater signs.
    – phihag
    Apr 28, 2014 at 18:38
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    Something like \texttt{>>}?
    – erik
    Apr 28, 2014 at 19:09
  • @erik Yes, but without the code formatting that texttt brings
    – phihag
    Apr 28, 2014 at 22:58

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