I am currently using \underline{...} to underline text.

However, I want the underline to be closer to the letters (as of now, there's too much whitespace between the letters and the line). Is there a simple way to do this?

  • I try to use \ul{български} - with cyrillic letters under utf8 but it does not work. Any suggestions? – user22362 Nov 20 '12 at 20:44
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    @NikolayKirov I converted the non-answer to a comment. Perhaps consider to post a fresh question. – Stefan Kottwitz Nov 20 '12 at 20:47

\underline{<stuff>} underlines a box containing <stuff>. However, this also implies that <stuff> with descenders pushes the underline lower. \smash{<stuff>} removes any depth (and height) from <stuff>, allowing for the regular non-descender depth of the underline:


Alternatively, the soul package provides underlining features. Here's a minimal example:

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\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}% Just for this example
\usepackage{soul}% http://ctan.org/pkg/soul
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. \par
\underline{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.} \par
\underline{\smash{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.}}

\setul{5pt}{.4pt}% 5pt below contents
\ul{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.} \par
\setul{1pt}{.4pt}% 1pt below contents
\ul{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.} \par

See the soul package documentation (section 4 Underlining, p 11 onward) for more information regarding settings and underlining control.

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    soul's also recommendable because it allows for hyphenation, as opposed to \underline. All apart from the fact that underlining is usually frowned upon as a remnant of typewriter "typography". – doncherry Apr 3 '12 at 21:16
  • Is there a way to determine the default underline spacing with regards to \setul? For example, I want to \setul{5pt}{.4pt} for one paragraph and then return to the default for the next paragraph. Is there a way to do this without trial and error? – nukeguy Jan 30 '17 at 20:59
  • Ah, never mind. The \resetul command does what I need. (It doesn't tell me what the default spacing is, but I guess I don't really need that.) – nukeguy Jan 30 '17 at 21:09
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    Thanks! This works beautifully. I am also stumped that only after 12 years of intensive latex use this is my first time using underline. Heh? – dorien Feb 26 '17 at 13:47

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