How do I show a code snippet directly in my text? I don't want to have an extra box for it like lstlisting or verbatim provide it. My example may should look like this:

The class List.class is...

Should I make a new command for grey background and code like font? Or is there a simpler way? If not, how to write a new command for that?

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    – Werner
    Jul 31, 2012 at 2:31
  • For future Googlers: a good way to solve this is with the tcolorbox package: ctan.org/pkg/tcolorbox and add a custom tcbox to your preamble with the style of choice: \newtcbox{\inlinecode}{on line, boxrule=0pt, boxsep=0pt, top=2pt, left=2pt, bottom=2pt, right=2pt, colback=gray!15, colframe=white, fontupper={\ttfamily \footnotesize}} Jul 24, 2020 at 15:20

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Since LaTeX is meant primarily intended for printed text I would strongly recommend you to not use e.g. grey background, but just use a typewriter font, e.g.

The class \texttt{List.class} is \ldots

You can and should wrap this in a new command to be free to change the visual appearance later, e.g.


so you can use a form which is free of formating distractions and conveys intention more clearly

The class \code{List.class} is \ldots

If, however, you are intent upon marking the text with a gray background, you can extend the above format with a color definition and colorbox from the colors or xcolors package, e.g.


For more on the colors, see this tutorial for some other usage examples.

  • The approach with \colorbox leads to linebreaking problems. If you are using lualatex you could use as well a different approach (see tex.stackexchange.com/a/547643/48642) with \newcommand{\code}[1]{ \highLight[{[HTML]{D3D3D3}}]{\texttt{#1}}}
    – LeO
    May 11, 2021 at 9:47

The listings package has a command \lstinline{snippet} that is used exactly for that. You can configure its appearance (including syntax highlighting) using the package options.

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    But backgroundcolor is not available for \lstinline. Jul 31, 2012 at 9:32