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I've been typesetting some equations, and I've found that the default behavior accents like \hat, \bar, \tilde, etc. makes a rather small and easily-missed mark. Is there some way to make the accents stand out more? In particular, is there any way to make them appear in bold (without affecting the letter they are over)?

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Here is one solution, albeit cumbersome:

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\usepackage{amsmath}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath
$\hat{a}, \bar{a}, \tilde{a}$ \par
$\hat{\mathbf{a}}, \bar{\mathbf{a}}, \tilde{\mathbf{a}}$ \par
$\mathbf{\hat{a}}, \mathbf{\bar{a}}, \mathbf{\tilde{a}}$ \par
$\thickhat{a}, \thickbar{a}, \thicktilde{a}$ \par

amsmath provides the easy font-and-size switching capability via \text. This allows you to use the \thick-constructs inside super-/subscripts.

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No, this is perfect. Thank you. – yrudoy Aug 9 '12 at 23:11
@yrudoy and Werner: This solution doesn't properly place the bold accent. For example, \thickhat{A} doesn't yield the desired output. – Hendrik Vogt Aug 12 '12 at 20:03

bm package can help here.

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The first row is normal, the second is normal with bold accents and the third is all bold.





$\hat{a }\bar{a} \tilde{a}$

$\bm\hat{a} \bm\bar{a} \bm\tilde{a}$

$\bm{\hat{a}} \bm{\bar{a}} \bm{\tilde{a}}$

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Terrific solution! I didn't know bm could do this. – Hendrik Vogt Aug 12 '12 at 20:01
How to define a new command which can do that ?. I tried \renewcommand\bar{\bm\bar}, but it does not work. – LlavDem May 3 at 6:03
@LlavDem that defines \bar to be an infinite loop. just use \newcommand\boldbar{\bm\bar} (or use \bmdefine) – David Carlisle May 3 at 8:05

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