Is it only me or does it get annoying whenever I've to write \limits before every operator? Is there a way to make that happen for every operator without having to list them all one by one?

\newcommand{\myint}{\int\limits} % <= Unwanted solution...

Context: I had to write over a thousand limits to realise really how redundant it is in my pdf... lol. So, I would really appreciate any tips.

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    Why are you adding \limits everytime in the first place?
    – daleif
    Sep 17 at 11:26
  • @daleif It is better stylistically (and for readability) for the purposes of compiling multiple proofs about important theorems around Lebesgue integrals.
    – Math3147
    Sep 17 at 11:29
  • You wrote, "does it get annoying whenever I've to write \limits before every operator?" Real quick (just in case it wasn't a simple typo): The modifier \limits should be written after, not *before", the associated "operator" -- ``\int, \sum, \prod`, etc.
    – Mico
    Sep 17 at 15:00
  • I was thinking of _{...} when I said operator (i.e. \int\limts_{\lambda_1}, sorry! @Mico
    – Math3147
    Sep 17 at 15:37

\int is defined as \DeclareRobustCommand\int{\intop\nolimits} specifically to avoid getting limits so you could use \intop or simply repeat the definition without the \nolimits which is fine although going against the usual mathematical typesetting tradition.

  • This answers is tor my context (hence my acceptance), but could this be modified for every operator without going through them all or no?
    – Math3147
    Sep 17 at 11:39
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    \int is the only command defined in the base latex that has \nolimits forced in this way. @Math3147 what other operator are you doing this with? Sep 17 at 11:44
  • Not specifically one, just generally, do you know of any way this could be done without listing every operator in a \newcommand way, as above? Or does it have to be listed always?
    – Math3147
    Sep 17 at 11:55
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    @Math3147 I do not understand the question. You only need to do \DeclareRobustCommand\int{\intop} so that is just one line and applies to every \int in the document. The problem you describe (defaulting to \nolimits) does not apply to anything other than \int so I do not understand which operators you are "listing" Sep 17 at 12:46
  • When you've \sum or \bigoplus , et cetera, when inline, don't you need to put \limits? Or for example, when \limsup is said without \limits, it will look different. Or am I misunderstanding what you're referring to? (If so, sorry!)
    – Math3147
    Sep 17 at 15:42

You could load the amsmath package (or the mathtools package) with the option intlimits in order to save yourself from having to type


each and every time.

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    ah I should have remembered that: if the OP moves the tick I may delete mine:-) Sep 17 at 12:47
  • Thank you, that seems like a viable solution too. :)
    – Math3147
    Sep 17 at 15:50
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    @DavidCarlisle please don't: your answer is useful for those who use not-really-LaTeX parsers (like MathJax) and can't control options in packages. \intop works fine there.
    – Ruslan
    Sep 17 at 19:55

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