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 '17 at 18:04
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    Did you figure this out? I would like to know the answer as well. – becko Nov 2 '17 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 '17 at 20:53
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    Did you figure it out, 2 years later? – user56834 Jan 8 '20 at 7:02
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    @user56834 Unfortunately not. – Steeven Jan 12 '20 at 22:41

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

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