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I dont want to use rule because its long and hideous and I must do it in text mode. Any solutions?

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    Please be more specific. Rule means something specific in LaTeX and it does not have a predefined length/width. So please extend your question, preferably with an MWE tex.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/228/…
    – daleif
    Apr 6, 2020 at 10:41
  • although I posted an answer your question isn't really understandable, what does "long and hideous" mean. a \rule{3cm}{1pt} is exactly 3cm long, if the rule you are getting is too long, specify a shorter length. Apr 6, 2020 at 11:10
  • Maybe an en-dash is more suitable (abc -- def)? It is half the size of | (and ---).
    – Marijn
    Apr 6, 2020 at 12:23

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You haven't shown what you did, but in most sensible encodings you can type |to get | (this doesn't apply to the default OT1 encoding, but there are few good reasons to use that).

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\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\begin{document}

a|b
\end{document}

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