# Command \textalpha unavailable in encoding T1 when using Greek

I am trying to configure the `MastersDoctoralThesis` class in overleaf to accept greek character (My thesis has to be written in Greek).

What I did was to add the option `greek` when opening the document class. like that

``````\documentclass[greek,english,
11pt, % The default document font size, options: 10pt, 11pt, 12pt,
...,
]{MastersDoctoralThesis}
``````

I also use the packages above

``````\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % Required for inputting international characters

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % Output font encoding for international characters

\usepackage{palatino} % Use the Palatino font by default
``````

When I add some greek characters in the title I get

LaTeX Error: Command \textalpha unavailable in encoding T1.

Any idea how to fix that?

• T1 is a latin encoding and has no Greek, but if you add `\usepackage[greek]{babel}` (which you will need anyway) it should add the LGR encoding which has Greek. – David Carlisle Oct 2 '16 at 19:41
• If I add `\usepackage[greek]{babel}` before tha packges mentioned above I get `LaTeX Error: Option clash for package babel ` – LetsPlayYahtzee Oct 2 '16 at 19:57
• It's hard to debug fragments it is always best to make a small complete document that shows the error. – David Carlisle Oct 2 '16 at 20:21
• Ι used `\usepackage{textgreek}` instead of `\usepackage[greek]{babel}` as a commented that was deleted suggested and this seems to have solved the problem – LetsPlayYahtzee Oct 2 '16 at 21:14
• I did not see that your thesis is in Greek. Have you come across with tex.stackexchange.com/a/327234/4427 ? Of course `palatino` is not an option. – egreg Oct 2 '16 at 21:18