I've read that the newtxtext and newtxmath packages are preferable to times, txfonts and mathptmx, at least for use with pdfTeX. I'm in the process of writing a paper where some measurements are given in microns (µm). Unfortunately, the \textmu (as well as \micro in siunitx) is replaced with a Computer Modern replacement.






This is 10\textmu m.


In the compilation process, I see this:

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `TS1/ntxrx/m/n' undefined
(Font)              using `TS1/cmr/m/n' instead
(Font)              for symbol `textmu' on input line 12.

and LaTeX Font Warning: Some font shapes were not available, defaults substituted.

This seems to happen with the \textohm command as well (and perhaps others I'm not using). It looks particularly bad in bold text. txfonts seems to produce output (though the mu symbol isn't quite as nice as it is with mathptmx). Using mathptmx causes compilation to fail with \textohm. Arg.

I'm wondering if there is some trick that I'm not aware of for getting \textmu (or \micro from siunitx) to work with these packages. I'm using version 1.07 of newtxtext, dated Dec 25, 2012.


  • With \upmu you get the symbol you want.
    – Manuel
    Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 21:36
  • To use \upmu, it seems like I have to enter math mode, which then ignores the text formatting (like bold), which doesn't seem ideal (especially for use with siunitx, for example).
    – Tyler
    Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 21:39

1 Answer 1


You can correct the wrong behavior with


However, newtx{text,math} don't have companion fonts in the TS1 encoding, so you might receive that warning for other symbols.

For usage with siunitx, just change the relevant settings:


With some more work, you can have a version of \textmu and \textohm that respect also boldface:


Italic is not supported, sorry; if you really need it, something could be done.

Update 2013-02-15

The last revision (version 1.08) of the newtx bundle provides the font definition files for the TS1 encoding in the family ntxrx, so the original example works and no workaround is needed any more. From the README file:

Changes in version 1.08:
All corrections affect only the Times mode in text and math.
1. Fixed problems with vector glyph in math italic.
2. Added missing file ts1ntxrx.fd.
3. Corrected problems in regular and bold math italic in sizes under 10pt.

  • The siunitx setup works well, though the renewed commands will ignore bold formatting (for example). But since I use everything with siunitx, it doesn't bother me too much. Thanks.
    – Tyler
    Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 21:53
  • @Tyler Here it is. :)
    – egreg
    Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 21:56
  • Ah, very nice. Don't worry about the italics, I don't need them at all. :) Thanks a lot!
    – Tyler
    Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 22:01

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