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Re: Typesetting: ?Big Sigmas and Little Sigmas?

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  • Subject: [mg46938] Re: Typesetting: ?Big Sigmas and Little Sigmas?
  • From: "Curt Fischer" <crf3 at>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 19:55:01 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <c36bic$s3o$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

One workaround for typesetting purposes only is to use a \[CapitalSigma]
character rather than a \[Sum] character.  Then your over and under scripts
go in the right place.  The escape code shortcut for \[CapitalSigma] is

Curt Fischer

Brian Beckman wrote:
> (Windows Notebook Interface) Normally, I set up a cell with Alt-7 for
> text input, then I typeset inline with ctrl-9.  I also get a
> typesetting palette up with templates to click for integrals, roots,
> sums, and so on.  Here is my problem. Suppose i want a BIG SIGMA
> summation sign, with i=1 on the bottom and n on the top.  Standard,
> eh?  The clicky on the palette looks just like that.  However, when it
> goes in the ctrl-9 typesetting box, it has the i=1 to the right of the
> lower horn of the Sigma rather than underneath the Sigma, and it has
> the n to the right of the upper horn of the Sigma rather than over the
> top of the Sigma.  In other words, the palette gives me the vertically
> compressed form of the summation notation, when I want the tall form.
> I've tried all kinds of tricks with the over-and-under clickies,
> attempting to construct the form I want manually and the NB interface
> is just too smart -- it keeps squishing things vertically.  Ditto for
> lim notation, by the way.  I want "lim" on the top and "h->0" on the
> bottom, but the interface insists on squishing this to "lim" with
> "h->0" as a subscript to "lim."  I'm frustrated but not blocked.  My
> typesetting is coming out ugly but readable.
> My fingers learned these shortcuts (Alt-7 and Ctrl-9) long ago and my
> mind has forgotten the English names for them, so I haven't been able
> to find them in the documentation.
> Any clues for me?

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