To define my own math operators, I usually use amsmath's \DeclareMathOperator. However, with \DeclareMathOperator{\Res}{Res} does not give me the desired "limits" under the operator even in displayed math.

Searching this site, I found \operatorname* (and \operatornamewithlimits) which implements the desired behavior.

    \operatorname*{Res}_{x = y} \frac{1}{x - y}
    = 1.


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However, I'm still unsure if this can or should somehow be combined with \DeclareMathOperator and generally when to choose \operatorname* over \DeclareMathOperator (besides this particular case).

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    You have \DeclareMathOperator*.
    – Bernard
    Aug 30, 2017 at 15:13
  • @Bernard Ah, I might have guessed... :)
    – Casimir
    Aug 30, 2017 at 15:16
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    Or have read the amsmath documentation… ;o)
    – Bernard
    Aug 30, 2017 at 15:27


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