How do I set the section and the subsection font to Times New Roman. I have done every trick in the book. But nothing works.

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    It would help if you showed us at least one of your tries. \usepackage{newtxtext,newtxmath} should work, or, with LuaLaTeX/XeLaTeX, \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont{Times New Roman}. Jul 23, 2014 at 21:32
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    I believe, you should also clearify what you actually mean by (sub)section fonts: The titles only or the running text too?
    – user31729
    Jul 23, 2014 at 22:29
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    – cfr
    Jul 23, 2014 at 22:40
  • It is not good typography to have too many fonts in your document. So the best would be to switch to TNR or a TNR-look-alike as your default roman family for the whole document using one of the approaches suggested by Paul Gessler or something similar. (There are a lot of Times/TNR clones to choose from.) It would not be wise, for example, to make your headings TNR while typesetting the remainder in a different serif font, and sans is not suitable for running text either.
    – cfr
    Jul 23, 2014 at 22:42

1 Answer 1


It sounds like you might just want to change the font of the entire document, as others have suggested.

But if you only want to change the font of the section and subsection headings, the memoir class gives you easy access to format the headings. You can use the fontspec package to create a font-switching command that you then apply to the headings using memoir's built-in style commands. (Memoir's excellent manual is accessible by entering "texdoc memoir" at the terminal.)

This solution only works with LuaLaTeX or XeTeX.

This example contrasts the Times headings with dummy paragraph text, set in the default Computer/Latin Modern font.


% Create a command to switch the font to Times for headings
\newfontfamily{\headingfont}{Times New Roman}

% Create headings that use this command
% \bfseries and \itshape are just examples; 
% you could add any style or font commands here, 
% as described in the memoir handbook

 % Select your custom headings for the document

% Dummy paragraph text which will be displayed in default Computer Modern


\section{Section Heading in Times}


\subsection{Subsection Also in Times}


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