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How to create a pound sign in latex

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.

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  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

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About the Author

Kevin Walker is a computer programmer who decided to take a few years out from the corporate life and see the world. He spent a total of six years living abroad and teaching English in China, Korea and Mexico before returning to his home in Texas. He uses his programming and teaching experience to write easy-to-understand computer tutorials.

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