Now, my version of TeXworks is 0.4.5r.1280 and I can't have the " character on the keyboard.

I have `` or '' instead. Why?

And It's the same with Alt+034. I'm very disappointed with that.

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    Check Format -> Smart Quotes: do you have this turned on? If so, TeXworks will deliberately turn " into `` or '' (depending on the settings).
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 2, 2014 at 11:02
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    For future reference: The reason TeXworks does this is because (all?) the various flavors of TeX use `` for a opening double quotation mark and '' for a closing double quotation mark. TeXworks is trying to be helpful by "autocorrecting" you on the fly. (See, for example, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/531/…)
    – jvriesem
    May 12, 2016 at 20:59

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TeXworks has a 'Smart Quotes' mode that deliberately changes " to either `` or '' using some context-dependent 'cleverness'. This is available as " is very rarely needed in a typesetting context. However, the setting is easy enough to turn off.

For a single file, you can go to Format -> Smart Quotes and choose None: this turns off the auto-conversion for the current file. To turn it off generally, go to Preferences (Edit menu on Windows/Linux, TeXworks menu on the Mac) and select 'None' under 'Smart Quotes' on the 'Edit' tab.

  • In text mode we are supposed to use two single quotes indeed --but-- in math mode it is supposed to be a double quote. So TeXworks' feature ought to be completed by a quick way of recovering the double quote symbol (faster than going into the menu back and forth all the time).
    – Arnaud
    Mar 8, 2017 at 7:49
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    You can also type Ctrl-z (undo) after inserting the double quote in order to undo the automatic translation.
    – Jhor
    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:47

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