all. I need some help with subscript and superscript in a non-math context. I am using \textsubscript now but this turned out to be very inconvenient. I tried $a_1$ but the letter turned out to be in italic, which is not what I want. Is there a similar shortcut for sub(super)script that does not make letters in italics? Thanks.

  • Do you need this for chemical formulas?
    – egreg
    Oct 11, 2015 at 15:31
  • No.. I need it for logic.
    – redmouse
    Oct 11, 2015 at 15:48
  • Maybe you can add an example, so you can get better help; not that Mico's answer i s bad, but sometimes it happens that there are better ways for accomplishing a task.
    – egreg
    Oct 11, 2015 at 15:51
  • Basically, I need to say something like "o1 is F1, o2 is F2... on is Fn" (1, 2,..., n as subscripts), and I also need to refer to them a lot in one single paragraph. And that's it.
    – redmouse
    Oct 11, 2015 at 18:16
  • A proper example would help to ensure the most effective answer for your situation, as @egreg suggested.
    – cfr
    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:37

1 Answer 1


Are the following two shortcut macros


convenient enough?

  • Wouldn't \newcommand\tsub{\textsubscript} be more efficient?
    – campa
    Oct 11, 2015 at 15:26
  • Ha. thanks. this shows i'm new to the latex world...
    – redmouse
    Oct 11, 2015 at 15:28
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    @campa - I believe it's good programming practice to indicate explicitly how many arguments a given macro is supposed to take. If sheer brevity/terseness were a goal, I'd go with \let\tsb\textsubscript and \let\tsp\textsuperscript.
    – Mico
    Oct 11, 2015 at 15:30
  • I'd use \newcommand* ....
    – cfr
    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:36

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