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If I have a line of text, how do I make just the first word bold?

I tried this:

\bf{NTn} = Number of lines

but it made the entire line bold.

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Use \textbf{Some text in bold}. –  Ali Mehrizi May 16 '12 at 5:16
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\bf is an outdated font switch, not a macro with an argument, i.e. itr works to the end of the group. You would need to use {\bf NTn} instead, but should not use the font commands any longer. Use \textbf{..} or {\bfseries ..} instead. –  Martin Scharrer May 16 '12 at 7:45

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You should not use \bf. Instead use {\bfseries ....}.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\begin{document}


{\bfseries NTn} = Number of lines

$\mathbf{NTn} + \boldsymbol{\pi} + \pmb{\pi} $ = Number of lines.

\verb|\boldsymbol| and \verb|\pmb| are provided by \verb|amsmath| package. Note that \verb|\mathbf| has no effect on symbols like $+$ or $-$ or $\pi$ etc.

\end{document}

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However, it is better to use \bm from bm package for such needs which gives correct results.

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Thanks, but what if I need to bold the following: $NT_n$ ? {\bfseries $NT_n$} doesn't work..... –  ngramsky May 16 '12 at 5:16
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@ngramsky, for math mode, use `\mathbf{e^{j\pi}=-1}'. –  Ali Mehrizi May 16 '12 at 5:22
    
For bolding math you can use \boldmath, \boldsymbol or \pmb. For mor details see here –  adn May 16 '12 at 5:23
    
@ngramsky: see the edited answer. –  Harish Kumar May 16 '12 at 5:29
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@HarishKumar I stumbled upon this answer and find it very wrong. For instance \boldmath works just by chance and throws warnings; \boldsymbol is deprecated and \bm (from the bm package) should be used. –  egreg Nov 2 at 10:14

this works for me

\textbf{BOLD}
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This answer is very short and does not provide some new solution –  Christian Hupfer Nov 2 at 9:34
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Actually, \textbf was only mentioned in comments. –  lockstep Nov 2 at 10:51

For regular, bold and italics math, use the bm package:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{bm}% http://ctan.org/pkg/bm
\begin{document}
$NTn=\bm{NTn}=\mbox{Number of lines}$
\end{document}
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