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I'm using the siunitx package to display units, but I'm having a problem with the appearance of the Greek letter mu that results from the \micro command. The version in the package documentation looks like this:

mu from siunitx documentation

but the version from my MWE (shown below) looks like this:

mu from mwe

Here is my MWE:

\documentclass{minimal}

\usepackage{siunitx}

\begin{document}
\SI{}{\micro\metre}
\end{document}

What do I need to do to get an upright mu in the siunitx package without the aliasing?

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    No problem here.
    – Werner
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 4:26
  • @Werner That's very strange. Any idea how it could be different for me? I'm using Miktex and TeXnicCenter if it makes a difference.
    – Zac-K
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 4:33
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    Is cm-super installed in you miktex? Cm-super is the default in Texlive but for some reason one has to ask for it on miktex, thus he default font is not "smooth", at that is what I think the problem is. Haven't used miktex for years
    – daleif
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 6:50

1 Answer 1

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  1. Please do not use minimal for MWEs. You can search this site for explanations.

  2. The command for your output would be \si{\micro\metre} but I guess you know this.

  3. In order to get the font unpixeled, you have to install cm-super

    • Go to Start - All Programs - MiKTeX 2.9 - Maintenance - MiKTeX Package Manager
    • Search for "cm-super" in the first field with name "Name"
    • Right click the only package and hit "install".
  4. The font used for the \mu in the manual is another font, though. If you want to change to another font, just search the manual for the words "text-micro" and "math-micro" in order to find introductions on this.


If you want the output as in the manual, you have to do:

% arara: pdflatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[osf]{mathpazo} % 'o'ld 's'tyle 'f'igures are used in the manual, but you can leave this away, of course. 
\usepackage{siunitx}

\begin{document}
    \si{\micro\metre}
\end{document}
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    Do we have a general 'you need cm-super with MiKTeX' question/answer, I wonder.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 13:36
  • @JosephWright That would be good. In fact I needed a long time to get that and always put \usepackage{lmodern} to many answers of mine. This one perhaps: tex.stackexchange.com/q/98708 Could you tell me (or BZ1) if you are using \sisetup{math-micro = \fontspec{Minion Pro} \textmu, text-micro = \fontspec{Minion Pro} \textmu} in your manual? Just to make this here complete. Thanks.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 13:46
  • Looks as good as any: great. In terms of the manual, it uses mathpazo (its compiled with pdfTeX): I don't own Minion Pro and it would make distribution tricky.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 13:52
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    @JosephWright: Perhaps Why are Bitmap-Fonts used automatically?
    – Werner
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 14:14

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