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I know that it is possible to change the color of blocks of text, however I seem to be having trouble changing it character by character. I know it is possible to do it in LaTeX, but I'm not sure if it can be done in Lyx. I tried copying the code into the lyx 'LaTeX' box, but it spat out error messages. Any ideas?

Here is the thread that discusses how to change it in LaTeX:

Colored symbols

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Yes, this is possible.

Mark the character you wish to color, the go to Edit > Text Style > Customized and choose the color you wish your character to have. Repeat for the next character.

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You can speed this process up by adding a shortcut to the dialog box: Tools > Preferences > Editing > Shortcuts > New, then as function use dialog-show character.

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