LaTeX is a powerful word-processing system that uses markup codes rather than a What You See Is What You Get, or WYSIWYG, editor to define the structure of a document. LaTeX is designed to take its input from ordinary ASCII text documents; however, many symbols, such as the pound sign, are non-ASCII symbols, so you'll have to create them using markup codes.
Open a text editor, such as Windows Notepad, and either open an existing LaTeX document or paste the following to define a trivial new document:
Type the following between the begin and end tags to insert a pound sign (#) into the document:
Type the following between the begin and end tags to insert the currency symbol (£) for the British pound: