23.1 Printing special characters

LaTeX sets aside a few characters for special purposes; they are called reserved characters or special characters. Here they are:

# $ % & { } _ ~ ^ \ 

The meaning of all the special characters is given elsewhere in this manual (see Reserved characters).

If you want a reserved character to be printed as itself, in the text body font, for all but the final three characters in that list simply put a \ in front of the character. Thus, typing \$1.23 will produce $1.23 in your output.

As to the last three characters, to get a tilde in the text body font use \~{} (omitting the curly braces would result in the next character receiving a tilde accent). Similarly, to get a text body font circumflex use \^{}. To get a backslash in the font of the text body, enter \textbackslash{}.

To produce the reserved characters in a typewriter font, use \verb!! as below (the \newline in the example is there only to split the lines in the output).

  \# \$ \% \& \{ \} \_ \~{} \^{} \textbackslash \newline
  \verb!# $ % & { } _ ~ ^ \!

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