# How do I get the proper microsymbol, μ not mu, not \textmu because that looks ugly, but the clean one?

How do I get a clean looking \micro symbol µ ?

I want a micro symbol, not a greek \mu, because that is another symbol. However tex does not render the proper symbol, and the symbol that is does render looks like it was stolen from a different font.
The 2nd variant is not much better.

How do I get a \micro symbol that actually looks like it was not copy-pasted from comic-sans?

% !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[euler]{textgreek}
%\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage[active,tightpage,psfixbb]{preview}
\PreviewEnvironment{pgfpicture}

\setlength\PreviewBorder{0pt}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[x=1pt,y=1pt]
\begin{scope}
\path[clip] (  0.00,  0.00) rectangle (433.62,252.94);
\definecolor{drawColor}{RGB}{0,0,0}

\node[text=drawColor,anchor=base,inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt, scale=  1] at (242.01, 10.00)
{Time in μ $\text{\textmu{}} \text{seconds}$, $n = 125\,000$};
% the unicode char "μ" does not render. And it has better not look like #2 above >-:<
\end{scope}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

• (1) welcome, (2) why don't you take a step back and look into the siunitx package. (3) using language like "looks like it was drawn by a 2-year old" does not really make others want to help you. – daleif Feb 12 at 14:54
• My alternative here, of slanting the italic Greeks into an upright posture, is another possibility you can reject: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/145926/… – Steven B. Segletes Feb 12 at 14:58
• and I thought my handwriting was bad.... ;-) – JPi Feb 12 at 15:01
• @StevenB.Segletes, I'd love to try it, but MikTex cannot find \usepackage{mathptmx} anywhere. – Johan - reinstate Monica Feb 12 at 15:11
• The unicode symbol in your question is Unicode Character 'GREEK SMALL LETTER MU' (U+03BC), so it is quite unclear what you mean by not wanting a greek mu. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 12 at 15:12

As you don't like the micro symbol from siunitx, I try something else:

Use unicode-math with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX

\documentclass[margin=3mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{unicode-math}
\begin{document}
10 $\symup{\mu}$s
\end{document}


# Edit:

As @Mico stated in the comments, you should combine unicode-math with siunitx by defining a new command – it is more natural IMHO:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{unicode-math,siunitx}
\newcommand\upmicro{\symup{\mu}}
\begin{document}
\SI{10}{\upmicro\second}
\end{document}

• Thank you, although not technically very serif-ish, it does match the curvyness of CMU computer modern nicely. Much easier on the eyes. – Johan - reinstate Monica Feb 12 at 16:55
• +1. It's straightforward to combine this method with the siunitx package and its \SI macro. E.g., \documentclass{article} \usepackage{unicode-math,siunitx} \newcommand\upmicro{\symup{\mu}} \begin{document} \SI{10}{\upmicro\second} \end{document}. – Mico Feb 12 at 17:46