Is there a command like \bar{...} but such that the bar is placed below the symbol?

Of course there is \underline{...} but then the line is adapted to the width of the symbol and I don't want that (compare with the difference between \overline{...} and \bar{...}).

I need this for math mode.

  • Do you need it in text mode or in math mode? Have a look at the accents package. – egreg Jul 25 '13 at 13:02
  • Maybe this from amsmath: \underset{\bar{}}{A} – Sigur Jul 25 '13 at 13:03
  • @egreg That's good. Could you turn the comment into an answer please. – lpdbw Jul 25 '13 at 13:12

The accents package has the feature you're looking for:


Why the \newcommand? Because you might change your mind or find a new way to underline a symbol, so you can just modify the definition instead of hunting through the document for occurrences of \underaccent{\bar}.

  • Interesting. With this we don't need to write \bar{} like mine suggestion. Also, the space between the symbol and the bar is different. – Sigur Jul 25 '13 at 13:23
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    @Sigur The accents package ensures that the correct vertical dimension is assigned to the underaccent; with \underset{\bar{}}{x} you get a full vertical sized bar; and, moreover, it will be in script style. – egreg Jul 25 '13 at 13:30

My solution is \newcommand{\ubar}[1]{\text{\b{$#1$}}} since I get a conflict of accents and amsmath packages concerning \vec command.

  • Can someone please explain why this has been downvoted? I am unsure if I should use the accents package in case there is indeed an assue with the amsmath package, as @SergeyPolyakovskiy suggests, however it is unclear. I have tried searching it in other questions and it seems that such a \vec issue does exist, but some clarification would be helpful. Thanks! – Flint72 Oct 5 '14 at 21:25
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    This. This answer saved my hide. The solution that is accepted here -- and referenced seemingly everywhere when it comes to the problem of making a suitable underbar expression relies on a really outdated package that, as far as I can figure, was last updated in 2006. It is not compatible with amsmath and a host of other packages. This solution works tremendously well. – Tom Feb 15 '16 at 3:51

You can play with the three parameters (1.2pt underset gap, .8ex rule length, .075ex rule width

\( \overline{A} \bar{A} \barbelow{A} \)

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Use the \textrm{.1.} for text mode IN the math mode. In the brackets you can then use the text mode command \underline{.2.} to underline your text input in the {.2.} brackets.

in math mode...

\textrm{\underline{this text input will be underlined}} 

... worked for me


Have you tried using \underbar{symbol} in a math environment?

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    This only works in text mode. – egreg Feb 20 '18 at 0:24

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