I would like to put something at the top of the \longrightarrow, something like \longrightarrow^{k\rightarrow\infty}. However, instead of putting k\rightarrow\infty on the top right corner, I would like to put it in the middle on the top of \longrightarrow. Could someone help me?


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In this instance, I think \xrightarrow would suit you better. Here's an example using the former, and the traditional \overset from amsmath:

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\usepackage{amsmath}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath
  \mathcal{X}\overset{k\rightarrow\infty}{\longrightarrow}\mathcal{Y} \qquad 

\xrightarrow{<stuff>} is an extensible arrow, which conforms in length to the overset argument <stuff>.

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    And what if I want stuff on top and bottom of double/thick arrow: $\Rightarrow$. What if I want some text also below that arrow? Can I make it extensible arrow? (Am new to this site. Isnt this site use MathJax to render equations/Latex text netweem $$. Does content here apply equally to MathJax. I want to use these arrows on math.stackexchange. This tutorial doesnt tell how to do that arrow stuff.)
    – RajS
    May 21, 2019 at 19:34
  • @anir: In (La)TeX you can try this example. However, MathJax is not (La)TeX, so you'll have to find a different, probably convoluted, way to generate that.
    – Werner
    May 22, 2019 at 16:32
  • Do \overset and \stackrel do the same thing?
    – JKEG
    Aug 15, 2020 at 18:48



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Alternatively, if you want the long arrow to stretch you may prefer


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  • Thank you for your answer. However, I can accept only one answer. Anyway, thank you!
    – Paul
    Feb 27, 2012 at 6:46
  • For anyone who missed it like me, you need to add reference \usepackage{amsmath} before you can use xrightarrow
    – user130222
    Nov 27, 2018 at 18:51

There is a great commend that allow you to put something on and under the \longrightarrow:

x \underset{down}{\overset{up}{\longrightarrow}} y

I hope this will be helpful.

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    This is already covered in the other answers.
    – Werner
    Jan 29, 2016 at 21:45

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