I want a smaller "+" sign in international phone numbers. For example if I write


it gives


where "-" signs are all okay (not pretty though), but the "+" sign looks too big. How can I make it smaller? Is there any special symbol in LaTeX?

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    You can play around with \raisebox{.3\height}{\scalebox{.7}{+}} if you \usepackage{graphicx} in your preamble.
    – Werner
    Apr 19, 2012 at 3:24
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    A related question: tex.stackexchange.com/q/34152/8666, however the packages telprint and phonenumbers mentioned there use an ordinary + sign, as far as I could tell.
    – 0 _
    May 3, 2017 at 0:19

2 Answers 2


An option could be to use + and - in monospaced font:




\Plus 1\Minus 123\Minus 456\Minus 7890


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    Looks great IMHO. I would think that the thicker glyphs of cmtt would be disturbing, but they aren't!
    – yo'
    Apr 19, 2012 at 7:30
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    I usually type the entire phone number in a monospaced font.
    – Aditya
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:04
  • I see in this answer an improvement of the minus symbols: they are higher and appear to be at mid height of the numbers; for me, visually more pleasant. Nov 12, 2021 at 10:16

Here is an implementation of Werner's suggestion, which includes the definition of new commands \plus and \minus for the look of the symbols you want:

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Phone number \plus1\minus123\minus456\minus7890
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    You might want to ensure a consistent appearance of + and -. One way to do this is using the symbols from math mode: $+$1$-$123$-$456$-$7890. Of course, these can be raised and scaled, but now by the same amount. (If you set the whole number in math mode, spacing will be inserted before and after the -, as they will be treated as operators then.)
    – krlmlr
    Apr 19, 2012 at 7:47

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