I have a long square root equation that walks off the edge of the page. See the following picture where the end of the equation is cutoff.


Square root that is cutoff

I would like to collapse it so that all of the values can be visible. I understand I can decrease the font size, or mathematically decrease the size of the square root, but I would like a solution that keeps the same font size, and keeps all of the values together under the square root.

How can I move half of the values to the next line so that they remain under the square root? See the following illustration as an example.

 | x + x + x + x + ...
 | x + x + x + x + x
 | ------------------
\|         y

I've tried the obvious \newline, however, it does not pair well with \sqrt. The following is the result of that.

Square root with new line

I am a LaTeX newbie. Does anyone know how I can achieve this? Thanks.

  • 3
    Is it splitfrac/splitdfrac from mathtools you look for?
    – mickep
    Oct 2, 2022 at 20:15
  • @mickep Yep. Appreciate the answer
    – Jaan
    Oct 2, 2022 at 20:22
  • @Jaan Try to think to your future readers... I am not sure that the output wanted is the better one to understand your formula.
    – projetmbc
    Oct 2, 2022 at 21:07

1 Answer 1


As @mickep has already suggested in a comment, the \splitfrac and \splitdfrac macros (provided by the mathtools package, a superset of the amsmath package) are your friends. The d in \splitdfrac indicates that its arguments will be processed in display-style math mode.

As the following example code shows, one can split a long numerator (or denominator) term into 3 or more parts by nesting the macros.

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\usepackage{mathtools} % for \splitfrac and \splitdfrac macros

  • 1
    \splitdfrac also increases the vertical separation. So the choice between two and three lines isn't quite so simple. Oct 2, 2022 at 21:11
  • @barbarabeeton - Thanks for this addition.
    – Mico
    Oct 3, 2022 at 6:43

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