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Defining output formats

On the doc page tutorial/DefiningOutputFormats there is an example:

This specifies the TeXForm for the symbol x.

In[1]:= Format[x, TeXForm] := "{\\bf x}"

The output format for x that you specified is now used whenever the TeX 
form is needed.

In[2]:= TeXForm[1 + x^2]


Quite obviously, this does not work in the way the documentation 
suggests.  I would have expected {\bf x}^2 + 1.

Let's try another example:

In[3]:= TeXForm[x]

\text{$\{\backslash \backslash $bf x$\}$}

So is there a way to tell Mathematica that x should always be formatted 
in bold in TeXForm?

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