On this forum answer on Google Docs it is mentioned that commands such as \mathrm{} should be possible. Just like in regular LaTeX (or MathJax).

I cannot make this command work on my page, though. Other simpler commands such as \frac, \sqrt and \alpha work and are shortcuts for the menu buttons. But the \mathrm (and also not \text and others I've tried), which should make the text upright, does not work and there is no roman ('non-italic') button in the equation menu.

So, I guess the question is two-fold:

Why don't the shortcuts mentioned in this forum answer work for me?
And what is a method to make non-italic symbols?

  • The referred question is very old (2010). As a side note, any equation shortcut doesn't work for me at this time. Link to the official help article: support.google.com/docs/answer/160749
    – Rubén
    Aug 30, 2017 at 18:04
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    Did you figure this out? I would like to know the answer as well.
    – becko
    Nov 2, 2017 at 14:16
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    @becko, thanks for reaching out. Sadly I still have found no answer for this question.
    – Steeven
    Nov 2, 2017 at 20:53
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    Did you figure it out, 2 years later?
    – user56834
    Jan 8, 2020 at 7:02
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    @user56834 Unfortunately not.
    – Steeven
    Jan 12, 2020 at 22:41

2 Answers 2


There are upright latin characters available through the Insert > Special Characters menu item when typing in an equation. From the dialogue that opens, choose the category Symbol and sub-category Maths Alphanumeric, and choose the character you need. To make it quicker, you can also search for mathematical sans, or mathematical bold, etc.


I don't think you can do it for normal text, but \cos and \sin work

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