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I'm asking about typing math in an inline text cell. So in a text cell, ctrl-9 puts the cursor in an inline cell.

Then escunesc1ctrl-_2 produces

u12

so evidently that subscript isn't "low enough" to influence the ∪ to be big. If you do q instead of 2 in the subscript, it is "low enough" to make ∪ big:

u1q

but it seems what's to the left of ∪ takes precedence: type a at the left of the inline cell:

au1q

Small again. That's not a huge issue, because I can place it in an adjacent inline cell. The bigger issue is I can't figure out how to put ∪ at the center of an UnderoverscriptBox. It always snaps to sub/superscripts and a small glyph instead of like in DisplayForm

disp

How should I be typesetting my math if not in inline text cells? Is this similar to \scriptstyle \displaystyle shenanigans in $\TeX$?

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    $\begingroup$ One simple way that I often use (not with the union symbol though) is just to highlight the symbol in question, go to Menu/Format/Size and select the size of my wish. $\endgroup$ Jun 16, 2022 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ In V13 you can use an inline TeX cell. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Jun 16, 2022 at 19:05

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You can control this with a style sheet. For example:

SetOptions[
    EvaluationNotebook[],
    StyleDefinitions -> Notebook[
        {
        Cell[StyleData[StyleDefinitions->"Default.nb"]],
        Cell[StyleData["InlineCell"], ScriptLevel->0, LimitsPositioningTokens->{}]
        },
        StyleDefinitions->"PrivateStylesheetFormatting.nb"
    ]
]
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