When I use \prod in math display mode it comes in darker form. How can I make it slender?

The following has product symbol in bold form $$\prod_{i=1}^{n}\bigcup_{\alpha} A_{\alpha_i}$$

If \[ ... \] is used instead of $$ ... $$ for math display mode, I get the same result.

P.S. Here I said bold by the look of the font. I know there is a much darker version of this symbol in the bold symbol.

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    – Bobyandbob
    Sep 19, 2017 at 13:27
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    Do you mean it's bigger than in inline formulas? That's wanted. It's not “bold”.
    – egreg
    Sep 19, 2017 at 13:28
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    Off-topic but don't use $$ ... $$ for display maths in LaTeX. Use \[ ... \] instead. (These are not equivalent.)
    – cfr
    Sep 19, 2017 at 13:40
  • @egreg I want it to be bigger in displaymode, but not bold like in the image given.
    – Praveen
    Sep 19, 2017 at 13:48
  • @supremum It's not bold. Look at the top stroke.
    – egreg
    Sep 19, 2017 at 13:50

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That's the standard shape of the symbol and you'll find thick side bars in most books.

However, you can use the “concrete“ version of the symbol.


% redefine \prod prior to amsmath doing its job



The following has a slender product symbol
\prod_{i=1}^{n}\bigcup_{\alpha} A_{\alpha_i}


enter image description here

  • It gives an error Command '\prod' already defined. ...l{\prod}{\mathop}{slenderlargesymbols}{"51}
    – Praveen
    Sep 19, 2017 at 14:07
  • I have to use the packages too: \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb,amsfonts}. Without these packages your answer works fine for me.
    – Praveen
    Sep 19, 2017 at 14:09
  • @supremum The redefinition of \prod has to be done prior to loading amsmath. See the updated answer.
    – egreg
    Sep 19, 2017 at 14:14
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    I liked. This could be the default symbol because I agree that the other is too dark.
    – Sigur
    Sep 19, 2017 at 14:17

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