I wanted to add a nice skull symbol, using the code:

\scalebox{5}{\omding  \char194}

But pdflatex gives an error:

! Font \f@ttestfont=omding at 9.99893pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.

Here is my pdflatex version:

pdflatex --version
MiKTeX-pdfTeX 2.9.4225 (1.40.12) (MiKTeX 2.9)

On Linux with TexLive:

pdflatex --version
pdfTeX 3.1415926-2.3-1.40.12 (TeX Live 2011)

it gives this nice symbol:

enter image description here

How can I make it work with MikTeX?


2 Answers 2


I edited this answer because a comment of the op.

Please try this MWE on MIKTeX:

\usepackage{skull} % for \skull
  • Ahh, I probably didn't explain the problem well. I updated the question. I needed only the skull symbol, not the table.
    – user4035
    Apr 1, 2013 at 14:05
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    Then you need a font for MiKTeX including this symbol. I fear you have to search with texdoc symbols-a4 for the correct font and package ...
    – Mensch
    Apr 1, 2013 at 14:23
  • I tried it. It gives a black skull. And I wanted a white one :). I'll try to search for the font. Or install TeXLive on Windows.
    – user4035
    Apr 1, 2013 at 14:34
  • What do you think about generating a standalone pdf/ps with this symbol in Linux, and using it instead of installing the font? pdf is a vector format, so there shouldn't be any scaling problems.
    – user4035
    Apr 1, 2013 at 18:02

I had trouble compiling a document which was using the omding font using TeX Live on Linux. It's part of the omega package. Installing that solved the issue.


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