I currently use the \boxed{} command to place boxes around my equations. However, I would like to have more control of the style of the box. Is there a way to do this?

To take a specific example, the figure below shows both the standard \boxed{} out put (a) and the desired mock-up (b), where I have increased the box size and increased the border thickness slightly.

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  • Are you asking for automated features/parameters to increase border width, or are you asking for different line styles/thicknesses etc. around the box? Mar 6, 2013 at 14:37
  • My main aim is to increase the box size. Anything else (line thickness, line style, line colour, etc.) would be a bonus.
    – User 17670
    Mar 6, 2013 at 14:44
  • You say increase box size. That might imply scaling the whole object to a larger size (see scalerel package) or your answer might imply keeping the equation the same size and adding border space. Mar 6, 2013 at 14:52
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    @Steven: In my opinion, it's quite clear from the image that the OP wants to keep the equation the same size. Mar 6, 2013 at 14:56
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    No one suggested the usual TikZ overkilling solution, so it's my turn; you may have a look to \boxed{}, TikZ and colored equation background and to hf-tikz doesn't box around equation (which shows some new option of the hf-tikz package). Mar 6, 2013 at 19:49

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Someone is going to suggest a tikz box with multicoloured translucent rounded corners, but before they do I'll observe that \boxed is a thin wrapper around \fbox so you can use


to set the padding inside the box and


to set the line thickness.

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