# How to use \verb|…| in the main \title of a beamer presentation?

I know that to use \verb|...| in a beamer presentation you have to add the fragile option to the frame environment.

But if I use \verb|...| in the main \title of \titlepage it gives me the error:

Runaway argument?
guide to \relax \hbox {}#I\catcode \ \active \<let>-command \csname\endcsname
! Paragraph ended before \HyPsd@@ProtectSpacesFi was complete.
\par
l.5 \begin{document}


How can I solve it?

MWE:

\documentclass{beamer}
\title{Quack guide to \verb|\usepackage{tikzducks}|}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
\titlepage
Why this doesn't work\dots
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
\dots whereas this \verb|\usepackage{tikzducks}| works?
\end{frame}

\end{document}

• Quack guide to \texttt{\string\usepackage\string{tikzducks\string}}, perhaps – egreg Jan 4 '17 at 17:40
• @egreg Joseph Wright was quicker than you, both his first solution and yours work :) – CarLaTeX Jan 4 '17 at 17:47
• @egreg ...also his second one, only an \end{document} was missing :) – CarLaTeX Jan 4 '17 at 20:47
• Possible duplicate: Verbatim inside a command – Werner Jan 4 '17 at 21:09

As with any other case: you can't use \verb in the argument to \title. There's always a way of writing the text of a \verb out 'in full', here using \{, \} and \textbackslash:

\documentclass{beamer}
\title{Quack guide to \texttt{\textbackslash usepackage\{tikzducks\}}}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
\titlepage
Why this doesn't work\dots
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
\dots whereas this \verb|\usepackage{tikzducks}| works?
\end{frame}
\end{document}


One could also use the cprotect package as described in How to put \verb command inside of \textbf{} block?, which would give

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{cprotect}

\cprotect\title{Quack guide to \verb|\usepackage{tikzducks}|}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
\titlepage
Why this doesn't work\dots
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
\dots whereas this \verb|\usepackage{tikzducks}| works?
\end{frame}
\end{document}

• Your second solution gives an error... – CarLaTeX Jan 4 '17 at 17:45
• @CarLaTeX I've just run that code exactly as given with the current release of beamer: it should work fine – Joseph Wright Jan 4 '17 at 17:48
• ... but if I use @egreg's solution (given in a comment) can I accept this answer? – CarLaTeX Jan 4 '17 at 21:03
• @CarLaTeX You can ask him to post a separate answer, though it's much the same as my first suggestion (there are various ways to input non-verbatim versions of what you want). – Joseph Wright Jan 4 '17 at 21:04
• Eventually, thinking of it better, I've accepted your answer because the solution with \cprotect` is more generalized. – CarLaTeX Jan 4 '17 at 21:33