# Use textit in listing

How can I use \textit in a listing?

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

\begin{document}

\begin{lstlisting}[label=test]
Some code.
\textit{This should be italic.}
Some code.
\end{lstlisting}

\end{document}

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• Use the mathescape option, then inside your lstlisting you can use $\textit{Hello World.}$. – Werner May 30 '14 at 18:44
• Related/duplicate: Escaping in \lstinline (since it also applies to lstlisting); Using commands inside inline code – Werner May 30 '14 at 18:47

You can emphasize words using the emph and emphstyle keys. See page 19 in the listings manual.

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

\usepackage{listings}

\begin{document}

\lstset{emph={world}, emphstyle=\itshape} % the word "world" shall be italic
\begin{lstlisting}[label=test]
Hello world
\end{lstlisting}

\end{document}


I agree, it is not a good solution for highlighting single lines of code. I think here is what you are looking for:

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

\usepackage{listings}
\lstset{escapeinside={(*@}{@*)}}

\begin{document}

\begin{lstlisting}[label=test]
Some code.
(*@\textit{This should be italic.}@*)
Some code.
\end{lstlisting}

\end{document}


• Hi, thanks :-). But I just want to have one sentence in italic. Rest should be normal. – user1091344 May 30 '14 at 18:32