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Let's say that I want to cancel the denominator of a fraction and also assign him a value. Something like that \cancel{2}\cdot\dfrac{9}{\cancelto{2}{4}}. The problem here is that the fraction doesn't look good at all after that. So I need a cancelto command that creates a downward arrow. Is there any way to do it?

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With the help of TikZ you can define a command to cancel an expression using a downward arrow:



  \begin{tikzpicture}[baseline=(current bounding box.center).anchor=west]
    \node[anchor=east,inner sep=2pt] (a) {#2};
    \draw[->] ($(a.north west)+(1pt,-2pt)$) -- ($(a.south east)+(0pt,2pt)$) node at ($(a.south east)+(4pt,1pt)$) {$\canc{#1}$};


\[ \Dcancelto[1]{7} \]

\[ \frac{1}{\Dcancelto[2]{4}} \]

\[ \frac{89}{\Dcancelto[0]{4367}} \]

\[ \cancel{2}\cdot\dfrac{9}{\Dcancelto[2]{4}} \]


Here's the result:

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thanks for the great answer, I´ve also modified {#2} to {$ #2 $} in \node[anchor=east,inner sep=2pt] (a) {#2}; to work properly with math expressions like fractions –  escalator Apr 11 at 10:46

To change the arrow direction you need to rewrite most of the internals of the cancel package. I would NOT recommend that, because it is very complicated code. May be you can try some other options such as



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