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When I write $\lim_{x \rightarrow p} f(x) = q$, the subscript x \rightarrow p appears to the right of the limit, instead of directly underneath it.

When I try $\displaystyle \lim_{x \rightarrow p} f(x) = q$, the subscript of the limit takes up extra space, making the line taller than usual and creating an awkward extra space underneath everything else...

Is there a way to write limits in-line with the subscript underneath, and everything squished to the normal height of the line its in?

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One way would be to use \scalebox from the graphicx package to rescale the version obtained by \displaystyle. Here is a comparison of the usual inline version of \lim and the scaled version:

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\newcommand{\Text}{\noindent Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.  
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. 
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet }

\newcommand{\Lim}[1]{\raisebox{0.5ex}{\scalebox{0.8}{$\displaystyle \lim_{#1}\;$}}}

$\textcolor{blue}{\lim_{x \rightarrow p} f(x) = q}$
$\textcolor{red}{\Lim{x \rightarrow p} f(x) = q}$
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Would it be easy to turn this into a macro which I can use every time I write a limit? –  jamaicanworm Dec 27 '11 at 2:10
@jamaicanworm: Updated solution to use macro version. –  Peter Grill Dec 27 '11 at 2:14
One might ask which one is worse: enlarging the interline spacing or printing an ugly symbol. I'll keep with the standard TeX way of typesetting the limit. :) –  egreg Dec 27 '11 at 11:21

I'm not sure if this is squished enough for you but the amsmath package allows you to put something under something else through the \underset command:

$\underset{x \to \infty}{\lim}$
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Thanks, but unfortunately this has the same problem as with the \displaymode solution--the limit with its superscript becomes taller than anything else on that line, adding extra margin space beneath the whole line. –  jamaicanworm Dec 27 '11 at 1:17
Sorry. Actually, the amsmath documentation explains (pg 20) that's why subscripts are placed to the side. I just change my default spacing between lines so it doesn't look bad. –  DJP Dec 27 '11 at 1:24

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