Change font settings in equations

A document contains font settings that apply to all equations in it. These settings determine the font sizes and spacing for small, medium, and large equations. They also determine the character format used for Greek characters and for symbols, functions, numbers, strings, and variables.

You can change the preset size of an entire equation. You can also change the character format of individual math elements—for example, to use color or a special font.

You can also change the font sizes and character formats used for all equations in a document.

Change the character format in individual equations

You can’t change the spread, stretch, superscript, subscript, underline, overline, strikethrough, change bar, or pair kerning properties for any element. You also can’t change the font family for individual Greek characters and symbols and for some operators.

To change the preset size or color of an equation, click in the equation, choose Graphics > Object Properties, and do one of the following:

To change the equation size, choose a size from the Size pop-up menu, and click Set. If the equation is shrinkwrapped, FrameMaker rewraps it.

To change the equation color, choose a color from the Color pop-up menu, and click Set.

To change character format, select the element or expression, and change as you do for text.

To create a superscript or subscript, insert the appropriate operator.

To change the spread of characters, microposition them by using the positioning page of the Equations pod.

To place a line over or under an expression, use the diacritical marks on the Symbols page of the Equations pod.

Change equation fonts throughout a document

You can change the font size and spacing for all small, medium, and large equations in a document. When you make global font changes, FrameMaker reformats and rewraps all shrinkwrapped equa­tions in the document.

Greek characters and symbols in equations normally appear in the Symbol font. You can use fonts such as Mathematical Pi and Universal Greek if these fonts are installed on your system.

Functions, numbers, and strings normally appear in Times New Roman or Times. Variables normally appear in italic. You can change the character format of each of these kinds of elements. For example, you can display all elements in Helvetica, with functions in italic and variables in bold.

note:   Don’t delete formats from the Character Catalog if you’re using them to specify the character format of math elements. If you delete these character formats, all equations in the document are refor­matted using the default font.

Use Equation Sizes from the Equations pop-up menu on the Equations pod for the following change:

To change equation fonts throughout the document, do one of the following:

Specify the font sizes and spread, and click Set. Spread is expressed as a percentage of the font size. Positive spread values cause wider spacing around elements; negative values cause narrower spacing.

Click Get Defaults.

To change the font for Greek characters and symbols, choose one of the available fonts from the Math Symbols pop-up menu, and click Set.

To change the character format for functions, numbers, strings, and variables, first create the character format you want. Then choose the character format from the Functions, Numbers, Strings, or Variables pop-up menu, and click Set. FrameMaker displays the format you created in the pop-up menus.

September 30, 2016

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