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<P STYLE="font-style: normal">Follow these steps:</P>
 
<P STYLE="font-style: normal">Follow these steps:</P>
  
*Open the Symbols dialog ('''Tools-Catalog...''').
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*Open the Symbols dialog ('''Tools-Catalog''').
*Click ''''Edit''''.
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*Click '''Edit'''.
*Type a name for the new symbol in the combobox <B>'Symbol'</B>.
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*Type a name for the new symbol in the combobox '''Symbol'''.
*Type a new name or select
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*Type a new name or select an existing name in the combobox '''Symbol set'''. This is the symbol set you want your symbol to appear in.
an existing name in the combobox <B>'Symbol set</B>. This is the
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*Select the font in the listbox '''Font''', for example the OpenSymbol (or StarSymbol) font.
symbol set you want your symbol to appear in.
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*Select the formatting (normal, bold, bold-italic or italic) in the listbox '''Typeface'''.
*Select the font in the listbox <B>'Font'</B>, for example the
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StarMath font.
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*Select the formatting (normal, bold, bold-italic or italic)
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in the listbox <B>'Typeface'</B>.
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*Click on the symbol in the table.
 
*Click on the symbol in the table.
*Click <b>'Add'</b> to add your symbol.
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*Click '''Add''' to add your symbol.
  
You can now use your symbol like any other symbol by selecting it
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You can now use your symbol like any other symbol by selecting it in the Symbols dialog or entering the name of the symbol directly.
in the Symbols dialog or entering<font color="brown"> %thenameofthesymbol '''</font>directly.
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If you don't have the symbol try looking in the StarMath font
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If you don't have the symbol try looking in the OpenSymbol (or StarSymbol) font first; it contains about 25 additional symbols.
first; it contains about 25 additional symbols.
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Another source of symbols is the so-called AMS fonts of the
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Another source of symbols is the so-called AMS fonts of the American Mathematical society.
American Mathematical society.
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You can download these in Postscript type 1 format from
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You can download these in Postscript type 1 format from [http://www.ams.org/tex/amsfonts.html www.ams.org/tex/amsfonts.html].
[http://www.ams.org/tex/amsfonts.html www.ams.org/tex/amsfonts.html].
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If you use Microsoft Windows you might prefer to download the unofficial BaKoMa Truetype versions from [http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/ www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/].
 
If you use Microsoft Windows you might prefer to download the unofficial BaKoMa Truetype versions from [http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/ www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/].
  
Refer to the documentation distributed with the fonts for
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Refer to the documentation distributed with the fonts for conditions of use.
conditions of use.
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Latest revision as of 13:19, 7 April 2009


I need a symbol that Math does not provide. What can I do?


If you have a font containing the symbol you can define a userdefined symbol.

Follow these steps:

  • Open the Symbols dialog (Tools-Catalog).
  • Click Edit.
  • Type a name for the new symbol in the combobox Symbol.
  • Type a new name or select an existing name in the combobox Symbol set. This is the symbol set you want your symbol to appear in.
  • Select the font in the listbox Font, for example the OpenSymbol (or StarSymbol) font.
  • Select the formatting (normal, bold, bold-italic or italic) in the listbox Typeface.
  • Click on the symbol in the table.
  • Click Add to add your symbol.

You can now use your symbol like any other symbol by selecting it in the Symbols dialog or entering the name of the symbol directly.

If you don't have the symbol try looking in the OpenSymbol (or StarSymbol) font first; it contains about 25 additional symbols.

Another source of symbols is the so-called AMS fonts of the American Mathematical society.

You can download these in Postscript type 1 format from www.ams.org/tex/amsfonts.html.

If you use Microsoft Windows you might prefer to download the unofficial BaKoMa Truetype versions from www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/.

Refer to the documentation distributed with the fonts for conditions of use.

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