I wonder if it is possible to include special symbols within verbatim delimiters, e.g.

=\alpha 6=, although displayed correctly in a prettified buffer, actually exports the literal words \alpha 6 when a LaTeX file is generated from the org file.

  • Are you trying to do this \texttt{\(\alpha\) 6}?
    – Melioratus
    Apr 4, 2019 at 17:10

2 Answers 2


Text in the code and verbatim string is not processed for Org mode specific syntax; it is exported verbatim.

-- from (info "(org) Emphasis and Monospace")

In other words, verbatim exists to provide you with a way to explicitly exclude text from getting any markup applied. If you need to do that, you're almost certainly misusing the verbatim tags.


I going to guess what you really want is to export the \alpha 6 in a monospaced font.

Try this

Use a #+MACRO: to generate custom latex instead of verbatim = or code ~ markup.

  1. Add #+MACRO: definition to your org-mode file.

    e.g. below is a macro named tt

    #+MACRO: tt \texttt{\($1\) $2}
  2. Replace =\alpha 6= with a call to new macro.

    e.g. Using the tt macro

    • Before

      =\alpha 6=
    • After

  3. Export org-mode file to LaTeX document.

    e.g. The tt macro will generate the following:

    \texttt{\(\alpha\) 6}

Hope that helped!

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emacs version: GNU Emacs 24.5.1
Org mode version: 9.0

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