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I'm working with MiKTeX 2.9. I've installed the package and I get no error whatsoever, but I keep getting Computer Modern words and numbers instead.

Note that I didn't install the minionpro package. Is it required?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{MnSymbol}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\begin{document}
$123$ $Oh$ $come$ $on$ $be$ $Minion!$.
\end{document}
  • Yes indeed, you need the font: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/10626/… – DG' Dec 6 '14 at 10:00
  • @DG' I'm trying to use mnsymbol only. The question you've linked is about Minion Pro. I know I need the fonts for minionpro, but are those files required also for mnsymbol? – Arch Stanton Dec 6 '14 at 10:15
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    none of the bits you've shown in the math is a symbol; letters and digits are by definition not symbols. – barbara beeton Dec 6 '14 at 14:27
  • As Barbara said: You need the actual font for $123$ $Oh$ $come$ $on$ $be$ $Minion!$. The symbols MnSymbol provides is listed in the documentation. – DG' Dec 6 '14 at 15:04
  • Thank you, I didn't know that, I thought that all text between $...$ was provided by a math typeface (as for Euler). – Arch Stanton Dec 6 '14 at 18:34
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The very first sentence of the MnSymbol manual reads:

MnSymbol is a font of mathematical symbols designed as companion to Adobe MinionPro, but it might also fit well to other renaissance or baroque faces.

In other words, MnSymbol doesn't change the default math font, it merely provides a set of matching mathematical symbols. If you want to use Minion Pro for letters and numbers, you must install Minion Pro on your system.

There are several options for doing so, depending on your LaTeX-engine. (You need to have access to the OpenType fonts in each case.)

You can use Minion Pro with pdflatex, XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX but MnSymbol does not play nice with the last one.

pdflatex

This one is the most complicated. There are several good scripts and tutorials around. This one is for MiKTeX 2.9: Installing Minion Pro on Windows

Here is a tutorial, which explains, how to install Minion Pro for MiKTeX 2.9: http://kobi.nat.uni-magdeburg.de/patrick/pmwiki.php?n=Wiki.HOWTO-InstallMinionProInLATEXOnWindows

If you succeeded use:

\usepackage[mathlf,footnotefigures]{MinionPro}
\usepackage{MnSymbol} 

XeLaTeX

Install the OpenType font on your system and put something like this in the preamble of your document:

\usepackage[MnSymbol,quiet]{mathspec}
\setmathsfont(Digits,Latin,Greek)[Numbers={Lining,Proportional}]{Minion Pro}
\setmathrm{Minion Pro} 
\setmainfont[Ligatures         = {Common,TeX},
             Numbers           = {Lowercase, Proportional}, 
             SmallCapsFeatures = {Letters     = SmallCaps,
                                  Numbers     = Lowercase,
                                  Kerning     = Uppercase,
                                  LetterSpace = 5}]{Minion Pro}
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    Thank you! You have anticipated what would have been my next question, i.e., how to use MnSymbol with XeTeX / LuaTeX. – Arch Stanton Dec 7 '14 at 22:14

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