# How to itemize greek letters?

I am a beginner in LaTeX and I have a problem when making a list of greek letters. This is the code down below.

\begin{itemize}
\item \kappa
\item \iota
\item \lambda
\end{itemize}


The error message says:

! Missing $inserted. <inserted text>$
l.242   \item \kappa

• Welcome to TeX SX! You also can load \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}\usepackage[LGR,T1]{fontenc} and typeset the real Greek etters from your keyboard, like this κ, ι, λ, or even compile with xelatex and load fontspec. – Bernard Jun 6 '18 at 17:48

Greek letters are supposed to appear in math-mode only. Surround the greek letters with $$...$$:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
\item $$\kappa$$
\item $$\iota$$
\item $$\lambda$$
\end{itemize}

\end{document}


The ! Missing $inserted. means, in a more wordy version: "A command that requires math-mode was found outside math-mode. I inserted a $ to try to fix things."

(Surrounding with $...$ is the TeX equivalent of surrounding with $$...$$).

If you want to typeset Greek letters in text mode, I suggest you load the textgreek package and type \textalpha, \textbeta, etc.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{textgreek}
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item \textalpha
\item \textbeta
\item \textgamma
\item \textdelta
\item \dots
\item \textpsi
\item \textomega
\end{itemize}
\end{document}


Of course, there's also \textAlpha, \textBeta, ..., \textPsi, and \textOmega.

I cannot comment to @Phelipe Oleinik, so here an addition:

If you need the upright greek letters in math environment use the package upgreek.

$\upalpha$
$\upbeta$


produce the lowercase greek letters while

$\Upalpha$
$\Upbeta$


produce the upright case letters. Further reading is within the documentation of upgreek.