Is there an alternative integral sign?

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Category: Mathematics and Simulation > Mathtype
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Mathtype 272E I need to use the integral sign which in books is usually shown as large (say 200% of normal font size) and rather thin looking. The integral fonts that I have found in MathType can of course set at 200% but then they come out bold (which is ugly). Moreover the Euclid symbol style, which produces a neat summation symbol, creates a very funny-looking integral. Is there a way to overcome this problem? There are two ways to make an integral from the characters in the Symbol font and other fonts with the same encoding (Euclid Symbol, MT Symbol, Symbol Proportional BT, Symbol PS, etc.). A font must have the same encoding as the symbol font or it cannot be assigned to MathType's Symbol style. The first way to create an integral is to use the integral character. By default, this is what MathType uses, considering it fixed size. Because the single character is only as tall as any other character, the Symbol size is applied to it, which, by default, is 150%. Being scaled up can make the integral character appear relatively thick to the other characters in the expression. Fixed size integrals to not grow regardless of the height of the integrand. The alternate way that integrals can be created is from composite pieces. The Symbol font also contains an integral top half, integral extender, and integral bottom half characters which can be used together to construct larger integral characters than can be expanded by placing additional extender characters between the top and bottom half pieces. If you hold down the Shift key when choosing an integral template, the integral will expand, increasing in height according to the height of the integrand. What you may wish to try is to change your Symbol size from the default of 150% to 100% and inserting all integrals as expanding integrals. After inserting expanding integrals, you will need to hold down the Control key to select just the integral and manually increase its size (Control+Shift+>) by another 50% (for a base size font of 12 pt, this would be 6 pt). The integral will have the same relative scale as MathType's default value, but will be constructed from 12 pt characters, not a 12 pt character at 150% scale = 18 pt. NOTE: the size of the integral will not change until it is increased above 50% of its Full point size. If this integral seems too thin, you can experiment with changing the Symbol size to 125%, which will require the integral to be increased by 9 pt. It is worth noting that the Symbol size is also applied to characters in other templates, such as summations, products, and union. It may be necessary to change the Symbol size back to default settings for them to appear normally. There are no composite pieces for summations, products, and unions, so their relative thickness cannot be remedied by this method. Mathtype 4 en

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