# Latex - how to get non-italic UK pound sign

1. Aug 26, 2007

### AlephZero

Latex - how to get non-italic UK "pound" sign

I'm using MikTex. When I do

\usepackage{times}

and then use \pound or \textsterling in non-maths mode, I get the italic version of the "pound" symbol from the Times Roman font. I want a non-italic pound symbol.

I also get this message in the .log file

LaTeX Font Info: Font shape OT1/ptm/m/ui' in size <10> not available
(Font) Font shape OT1/ptm/m/it' tried instead

I guess this is something to do with the font encoding, system not the font itself. The standard Time Roman fonts certainly include both "roman" and "italic" shaped pound symbols. Gee, even MS Word can display them so it can't be hard

How can I get the symbol that I want, not the symbol LaTeX thinks I ought to want?

2. Aug 27, 2007

### las3rjock

Use the txfonts package instead of times. The times package is obsolete--it does not change the font used for typesetting mathematics, and it evidently does not provide all of the glyphs defined in LaTeX's internal character representation. I was able to duplicate your problem with the times package; when I replaced it with the txfonts package, the "\textsterling" command seems to generate the character that you want.

Last edited: Aug 27, 2007
3. Aug 27, 2007

### AlephZero

Thanks, that worked

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