{fonts} is about fonts and how to use them. It deals with questions about changing family, shape and weight of fonts, but also with font packages. If your question is not about a font in general but about specific symbols, use {symbols} instead. For questions about font sizes, use {fontsize}.

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How do I find out what fonts are used in a document/picture?

Is it possible to identify the font used in a specific document/picture? Answers to this question should identify: Possible methods to do this (perhaps one answer per method) and adequately ...
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How do I use a particular font for a small section of text in my document?

The standard font packages make global changes to the fonts in my document. What if I want to use a particular font for just a portion of my text? How do I find the right name of the font? How do I ...
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Importing a Single Symbol From a Different Font

Is there a general way to change the font of a particular symbol without switching packages? For example, suppose I'm using Computer Modern for my entire document, but I want the "subset" operator to ...
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Does it matter if I use \textit or \it, \bfseries or \bf, etc

I typically use \textit{Some italicized text} while some of my colleagues use {\it Some other text} Should I bother changing one or the other, or does it matter?
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Will two-letter font style commands (\bf , \it , …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX?

I understand that \bf and \it are now obsolete in LaTeX and that \textbf and \textit are proper, as they produce more sophisticated (in particular, cumulative and properly kerned) changes to font ...
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Why are Bitmap-Fonts used automatically?

I have the following LaTeX-document: \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} \usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \title{Sample} \author{Litb} ...
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Manual font installation

Frequently there are questions about, how to manually install a font, what very often means “Type1 font”. So I thought, we should write a general answer about the several aspects to regard. Beside ...
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Latin Modern vs cm-super?

I've read various answers to questions on here that suggest the original Computer Modern fonts have been superceded. Sometimes it is suggested we use the cm-super package, sometimes that we instead ...
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How to remove the warnings “Font shape `OT1/cmss/m/n' in size <4> not available” and “Size substitutions with differences” in beamer?

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `OT1/cmss/m/n' in size <4> not available LaTeX Font Warning: Size substitutions with differences I am using the files from ...
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Why are some pages in my PDF coming out bold? [duplicate]

When I run my LaTeX document through pdflatex, some of the pages (the ones where figures appear) have all the text bolded. Why, and what can I do to make it stop?
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How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?

I want to type up some spells from the RPG Call of Cthulhu and give them to my players. I could just type them up in Word or LaTeX, but that seems too...neat. I'd like to make these things look like ...
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How can I get bold math symbols?

To make Latin-letter variables bold I can use e.g. \mathbf{a}, but while putting Greek letters or symbols such as \nabla inside \mathbf doesn't cause any errors or warnings, it also doesn't do ...
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How to set the font for a \section title (and chapter etc)

How do I specify the fonts, and general font size, for the titles, chapters and sections in my document Update: I can see how my question is confusing. I use \section and \chapter etc. to organise ...
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What are all the font styles I can use in math mode?

As can be seen in above picture, there are lots of fonts or font styles that can be used in math mode. What are all the fonts or font styles I can use in math mode, and which packages are required ...
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How to create small PDF files for the Internet

I feel that PDF documents when intended to be uploaded to the Internet should be of a minimal final size in bytes. Many strategies exist to create a small document: Pay attention to the size of the ...
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How to get Beamer Math to look like Article Math

In a LaTeX article, the math characters are more "curvy" than the text characters: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \begin{document} $x^2 + y^2 = z^2$ \end{document} In a beamer presentation, the ...
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Installing TTF fonts in LaTeX

One of the annoying aspects of LaTeX is the limited number of fonts that come by default, and the pain involved in making new fonts 'LaTeX' ready. I have a collection of truetype fonts that I'd like ...
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Suggest a “nice” font family for my basic LaTeX template (text and math)

My goal is to choose a "nice" font family (serif, sans serif, monospace, and "math") for my basic LaTeX template. I know the default setting (Computer Modern's family) is a very good choice. However, ...
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Simplest way to typeset entire document in sans serif (Helvetica)

How do I typeset an entire document in Helvetica/sans serif without littering the document with font changes for every heading/paragraph, etc.? Like this but with the paragraphs all in Helvetica. For ...
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How to automatically hyphenate within \texttt?

This question was phrased as a bug report for LaTeX and I thought it would be helpful to be presented here (including an answer). The person had a lot of "common words" in typewriter font sprinkled ...
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Keyboard Font for LaTeX

I'm currently writing a user guide containing a lot of keyboard shortcuts. I'm looking for a "keyboard" font where single characters or special keys (like tab or backspace) appear like the "real" key ...
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What font packages are installed in TeX live?

What font packages are installed in a full installation of TeX live? Which are obsolete? Example: \usepackage{mathpazo} brings Palatino as the roman font. The times package seems to be obsolete (as ...
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Small Caps and Bold Face

I can't seem to have both the small caps and boldface styles on a line: \huge\sc\bf Hello This will generate bold text, and if the \sc is placed after, it will generate small caps text but not ...
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What do different \fontdimen<num> mean

I know that \fontdimen<num> returns some dimensions associated with the current font. What are they?
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How do I make my document use the Times font, both for the text and the math?

I know that I can put \usepackage{times} in the preamble in order to use the Times font instead of Computer Modern for my document. But this only affects the text; the math is still typeset using ...
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Change section fonts

I am trying to emulate MS Word 2010 functionality with LaTeX since I am fed up with word. I am using TexShop, and I have been able to set the main font to Calibri through the use of XeTeX. How do I ...
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Blackboard bold characters

The blackboard bold font in the AMSFonts package only has capital letters. I sometimes wish to use a blackboard bold "1", for which I can use \usepackage{bbold}. But this changes the entire ...
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How to embed fonts at compile time with pdflatex

I just ran into the problem of embedding fonts while trying to publish with lulu.com. Although everyone apparently is 'supposed' to handle those 35 standard fonts for some strange reason they won't ...
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Bad spacing of math letters within italic text

I use the standard AMS theorem style, which means that my theorems are set in italic. In combination with math variables, this sometimes gives horrible spacing: The input If $U$ or $V$ \dots yields ...
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Adding a signature on an online job application

Nowadays many job applications are sent in digital form as PDF. We use of course LaTeX to create such. Usually you add a cover letter to your CV and credentials. If you sent this as print-out by ...
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Blur the text so it's not readable

On a related note to How do I make my document look like it was written by an Cthulhu worshipping madman?, I want to create a LaTeX command that blurs the text so it's unreadable. Unfortunately, ...
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Make mathfont respect the surrounding family

How can one make the math mode change its font according to the surrounding text? I have to use (pdf)latex. xelatex, luatex etc. are not possible alternatives in this case. \documentclass{scrartcl} ...
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TeX accents do not seem to work with fontspec and xe/lua/latex

I am using Minion Pro as mainfont and it does not have in its glyph table the character U+1E47 Latin small letter with dot below which I need only once in my document. Rather than change to another ...
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Lowercase \mathcal

The standard font used for \mathcal does not include any lowercase characters. The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbols List suggests redefining \mathcal to use Zapf Chancery. However I do not particularly ...
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Generating a table of glyphs with XeTeX

I am trying to get XeTeX to generate a table of all the possible glyphs of a given font, but can not figure out how to make XeTeX know how many glyphs the font has, so I have to specify an exact ...
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How do I get a list of all available fonts for luaotfload?

luaotfload uses an internal database that gets updated with mkluatexfontdb. So it knows about a lot of fonts installed on my computer. How can I query this database? Something like luatexfontdb ...
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\emph or \textit

In the comments section of Does it matter if I use \textit or \it, I asked for a clarification of these points. The clarification has mostly been made, but it was requested that I turn this into a ...
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What package allows Elvish in TeX?

Anyone who has read The Lord of the Rings will recognise the Elvish script at the top of this page (in the Tengwar alphabet). If this is meant to be an example of what is typesettable in TeX/related ...
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Create a symbol font from SVG symbols

Is it possible to create an own scalable font from a set of symbols (~700), all in SVG format. All of them are symbols (like Zapf Dingbats), so there would be no need for special settings like ...
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How do I use TrueType Fonts with PDFTeX using otftotfm?

I've heard that PDFTeX can use TrueType fonts. There have been several answers related to this, but of these only the first one mentions using otftotfm, which I'm told is the standard way to do it ...
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How can I use a symbol provided by a package without changing the entire mathematics font?

I wish to use a symbol provided by the package MnSymbol but if I have a \usepackage{MnSymbol} in my document then many other symbols change, including even the equals sign (=), which appears much ...
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pdfTeX error (font expansion): auto expansion is only possible with scalable

I'm using a custom class file. My main file looks like this: \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{thesis} \begin{document} \frontmatter \pagenumbering{alph} \pagenumbering{roman} \clearpage ...
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How to change font size mid document?

I want to create a TeX document for which the first (summary) page is \documentclass[10pt]{article}, but for which the rest of the document is \documentclass[12pt]{article}. Is there an easy way to do ...
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Can I change the font and colour of a letter permanently?

For my lectures, I like to colour the symbols in the equations to make it easier to follow what's going on - a bit like syntax highlighting. So all vector spaces are one colour, all sets another, e ...
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Is there a difference between \textit and \itshape?

I have only ever used \textit (and \emph for emphasized text), but have noticed that in some TeX examples, \itshape is used instead of \textit. Is there a difference between \textit and \itshape? If ...
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Outlined characters

How could I produce characters which are outlined when the character itself is in some color. A picture to illustrate what I'm after: The problems with the above are that: the outline is of no ...
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Which ligatures do the fonts used in my document offer?

This is a follow-up question to: How do I know which ligatures are used in my document? In order to know which ligatures I might consider disabling (I have in mind microtype's \DisableLigatures ...
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Accessing IPA characters when using Charis SIL

When using Charis SIL, how do I access IPA characters? Are there handy macros, as with tipa.sty? If I have to set up my own encoding using unicode numbers, how is this best done? (Code from those ...
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Should the fontenc package be loaded before or after font packages?

I seem to recall reading somewhere that fontenc should be loaded either before or after the packages loading fonts, but I cannot remember which. I don't see differences between loading it before and ...
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How to install OTF fonts with otfinst.py?

I want to install some fonts that I have in OTF format for use in LaTeX. I learned that I should use otfinst.py, but I have absolutely no idea how. The manual is by far the worst ever I've seen. I ...