[OS X TeX] type regular double-quote in TeXShop?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Jul 17 15:06:27 EDT 2019

> On Jul 17, 2019, at 1:40 PM, Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> In TeXShop (), how does one type an ordinary text double-quote mark (looking like this: '') rather than one built up from two single-quotes (which is what TeXShop inserts, along with the pair of left back-quotes, when I strike the double-quote key)?
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First, I see two single quotes in your example not two double quotes.

What to do depends upon what you want. Do you ALWAYS want to get " when pressing the " key rather than ``...'' where ... is the selection or do you only need it occasionally? If you always want the " you can go to Source->Key Bindings->Edit Key Bindings File… and remove that key binding. If you only need it occasionally create a macro that does nothing but insert a "; I enclose one I call `Quoted "' in TeXShop's Macro Menu which I bound to Shift-Cmd-' by default. If I need a " I simply type the shortcut (which is really just Cmd-") to get that inserted in the source file.

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I have several of these `Quoted …' macros for other key bindings that occasionally need to be the marked character.

Finally, note that Key Bindings quote automatically if the key is pressed following a \; e.g., on my setup typing _ gives rise to _{…|} (where …| is the selection followed by the insertion point) but if I type _ immediately after a \ I get the expected \_ which is a well known spacing command.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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