My question is very similar to lining figures in tables and math, old style figures in text, except I am using the mathpazo font.

I would like to use text figures in the body (through usepackage[osf]{mathpazo}), but want to use lining figures for

  • equations
  • equation number in brackets
  • table of contents
  • page numbers
  • table and figure labels (e.g. the caption: "Fig 1.1: Comparison of ...", I would like "1.1" to use lining figures)
  • tables

For various reasons, I need to use pdftex.

How can I use mathpazo with these requirements? If you have typographical arguments against any of these points, please let me know!

A MWE with only text figures:

\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb}



\section{Old style numbers}
Old style numbers belong in text 0123456789. Not in in-line equations $\sqrt{4+x^2} = y$
Not in equations:
    \min_{x,y} &\quad y^2 \\
    \mathrm{s.t} &\quad x > 4\\
        &\quad x < y^2
Nor in tables.

  \caption{mean, median and standard deviation}
      climate & species & mean &  median & standard deviation & number of experiments \\
      1 & \textit{Picea abies}  & 20,3699   & 20,0335   & 4,453 & 30 \\
      2 & \textit{Picea abies}  & 23,9864   & 12,6398   & 7,236 & 98 \\

\[ a^2 + b^2 = c^2 \qquad 1234567890 \]
Old style numbers belong in text 0123456789.

\section{New section}

\section{Newer section}

\section{Newest section}

  • I've taken the liberty of adding the memoir tag, as this document class has lots of specialized font-handling capabilities.
    – Mico
    Apr 20, 2018 at 5:19
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    Are you free to use the newer newpxtext and newpxmath packages in lieu of the somewhat-ancient mathpazo package?
    – Mico
    Apr 20, 2018 at 5:20
  • @Mico, the OP hasn't manifested themselves on your question. If I may intrude, I would like to hear about newpxtext and newpxmath in this context.
    – gusbrs
    Apr 20, 2018 at 12:13
  • @gusbrs - Thanks. I'm still hoping that the OP will choose to address my questions. Let's give him/her a bit more time...
    – Mico
    Apr 20, 2018 at 13:21
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    @Mico, in the meantime I found this tex.stackexchange.com/a/109960/105447. I asked because I've been fond of Palatino and clones for quite some time, but had dismissed newpx because I like oldstyle figures and the LaTeX Font Catalogue does not even suggest newpx includes them. So, thank you for pointing me to that!
    – gusbrs
    Apr 20, 2018 at 13:26

1 Answer 1


Your MWE already does old-style numerals in text and lining numerals in equations. That leaves your tables. Since mathpazo uses a Palatino clone as its text font, the easiest way to switch to lining numbers is to switch the font family to a Palatino clone with lining numbers, such as qplr for TeX Gyre Pagella.

If you’re using fontspec or unicode-math (Asana Math is a good OpenType replacement for mathpazo and you can use TeX Gyre Pagella as your matching text font, or you can keep using mathpazo with fontspec or mathspec), it gets even easier. You can get lining, tabular numbers with code like the following example from the fontspec manual:

\begin{tabular}{@{} cccc @{}}
    Year & People & Miles & Boats \\
    \hline  1842 &  999   &  75   &  13   \\
    1923 &  111   &  54   &  56

You can of course encapsulate either macro into something like \tnums or even a new table environment, to make it more semantic and less dependent on a specific package.

The fontspec package also adds both \oldstylenums and \liningnums commands that switch the OpenType font features of the currently-selected font.

Bear in mind that using different numerals for text mode and math mode makes it very obvious which mode you’re writing your numbers in. It’s not clear why these 4 cases is different from x = 4 or which one x equal to 4 should match. Most authors prefer to be consistent within the same document, or perhaps use old-style numerals in specific contexts such as headings or dates.

  • If the tables float memoir has a system to add thst font change to all floating tables.
    – daleif
    Apr 20, 2018 at 6:33
  • @daleif Wasn’t aware of that. That’s convenient.
    – Davislor
    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:11
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    See \setfloatadjustment in the memoir manual
    – daleif
    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:27
  • Alternative: \newenvironment that wraps the table in a font change? Works in standard LaTeX.
    – Davislor
    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:49
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    @Davislor with ppl it looks perfect, so I'll use that. Thanks!
    – maero21
    Apr 22, 2018 at 1:49

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