In math mode (e.g. between $ $) I would like to use by default computer modern math but to define a new character with a different font e.g. mathpazo. Practically, i want to define a new command \mycommand{T} which use mathpazo for T. Is it possible? I saw that a similar question was asked but for matrices, here I just want one new character.

  • possible duplicate of How do I use a particular font for a small section of text in my document?
    – Thorsten
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 7:17
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    With fonts, then the particular way you invoke tex can make a big difference. Are you using Xe(La)TeX or Lua(La)TeX? Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 7:26
  • @Thorsten Possibly, but if the questioner is using XeTeX or LuaTeX then there's a way to do this using unicode-math which isn't mentioned at that question. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 7:27
  • @AndrewStacey That's a good point. I wasn't aware of this. (I never use maths in my documents)
    – Thorsten
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 7:30
  • The MathPazo T is very similar to the CM one: the reader will have a hard time in distinguishing one from the other.
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 8:54

2 Answers 2


Try this. I created a command for mathpazo U as well, because it's easier to see the difference.

$U \pazoU$ $T \pazoT$

If you need more letters, you can use:




$Math$ V.S. $\mathpazo{Math}$


But if only one or two letters are needed, use \DeclareSymbolFont and \DeclareMathSymbol would be better.

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