## Symbols on LaTeX

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gdesvignes
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### Symbols on LaTeX

Hi !!!!!!!! That's me again !

Here's the thing, I try to insert a symbol on my report. I use the package marvosym. But, I want the picture to the begining of the line.
I tried to enclosed the picture into a figure :

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\begin{figure}[H]
\Pointinghand
\end{figure}
But it doesn't work !

So I let you, LaTeX Masters, help me on this !

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### Re: Symbols on LaTeX

Again, the difficult part will be guessing what it is you want, exactly...
gdesvignes wrote:. But, I want the picture to the begining of the line.
Just "\Pointinghand" will put the picture at current position, and at the beginning of the line if it's the first item in the line. Since this is absolutely trivial I assume this is not your question.

So, it's up to the crystal ball again... I have two guesses
• [GUESS 1]
you are looking for "left-aligned" figures, in the style of this (but left instead of right). In this case you may want to look at the package wrapfig, or use \captionof...
• [GUESS 2]
you are looking for a replacement to the standard "bullet" of the itemize environment

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\renewcommand\labelitemi{\Pointinghand}
should do the trick. (so if this post was in LaTeX, I would have pointing hands instead of bullets to the left of the two guesses).
My amazing telepathic abilities tell me that's really what you want, though in this case I can't fathom why on earth you would have imagined that a figure environment would be the way to go...
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gdesvignes
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### Re: Symbols on LaTeX

I thought the figure environment is a floating box... guess it doesn't ?!
The idea is to make the symbols like a "lettrine" ( ). I just want a paragraph with this symbols (as an important paragraph).
I try something with your "Guess 1" solution.

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### Re: Symbols on LaTeX

gdesvignes wrote:I thought the figure environment is a floating box... guess it doesn't ?!
It is a float. Meaning it can't be broken and is not part of the normal flow of text.
gdesvignes wrote:The idea is to make the symbols like a "lettrine"
And I guess the point is you want several lines of text to wrap around the symbol. If so package wrapfig is the solution.

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\usepackage{wrapfig}
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\begin{wrapfigure}{l}{size of figure}
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\caption{blah}
\end{wrapfigure} your text	
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gdesvignes
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### Re: Symbols on LaTeX

Thanks, this works fine !

gdesvignes
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### Re: Symbols on LaTeX

Ah ah ah !!!!!!!
Still got a problem ! I definitively don't understand LaTeX !!!!

I use the following code I found on the Web (because I want the symbols only on the first line :

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\begin{wrapfigure}[1]{l}{0.5cm}
\Pointinghand
\end{wrapfigure}
But the symbols appears behind the text on the second line...

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### Re: Symbols on LaTeX

Errrrrr... I just don't get the point of using wrapfig with just ONE line...
gdesvignes wrote:symbols
Why a plural? I thought there was only one symbol?

If what you want to have is a big symbol on the first line, without detaching the first line from the rest of the paragraph, ie

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XX
XX rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

where X is the symbol and r the text, as opposed to

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XX rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
XX
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

it would be simpler to use a simple \parbox, I think.
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