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Tips for entering various symbols in LyX
This page gives tips and examples of how to enter various symbols in LyX, either in the math mode or in normal text mode.
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Latex symbols in Math mode
In general, if you're used to Latex, then you can simply enter Latex codes such as
The Math Panel
The Math Panel provides a visual, mouse-oriented way of selecting symbols. Open the math panel using the menu command Insert / Math / Math Panel (alternatively, right-click on your mathematical formula), and look up your symbol in the various tables provided there. If you want to know the keyboard equivalent of a symbol, you will find that hovering over a symbol or button will show you the symbol's code. For instance, for the set union symbol it shows
Entering Greek symbols in Math mode
ATTENTION: Direct input of unicode characters in math-mode does not work out of the box. This is a basic LaTeX problem. It has been discussed in the "unicode in math" thread in the lyx-users list, where some workarounds have been proposed.
There are several ways of entering greek symbols. Of course, there is the Latex way of entering
NOTE: When you are using Windows, or any other system that has no Meta key, you should read Alt wherever this page says Meta.
Math mode keyboard shortcuts for symbols
Several common mathematical symbols and constructs have keyboard shortcuts. What follows is a list of the ones provided in the LyX default configuration. Please read "Meta-m" wherever this list says M-m. Disclaimer: different versions of LyX may have slightly different bindings.
The following shortcuts are for common decorations on top of symbols:
The following keys produce a frame surrounded by parentheses/brackets/braces that scale with the contents of the frame. These frames can also be produced from the delimiter and bracket dialog, which is reachable from a button on the left of the Math Panel. This dialog has more flexibility than these shortcuts, for instance, they allow you to have a symbol on only one side of the frame.
In addition to these symbol shortcuts, the following shortcuts may be useful for entering math:
If you need extra key bindings, you can add your own KeyboardShortcuts by changing a file called
Other sources of information
CTAN has a comprehensive list of symbols available in PDF and other formats.