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Updated February 21, 2017

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.

1. 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:

2. \begin{document}

3. \end{document}

4. Type the following between the begin and end tags to insert a pound sign (#) into the document:

5. Type the following between the begin and end tags to insert the currency symbol (£) for the British pound:

6. \pounds