I feel Graphics will make text tilted. As

Text[Style["\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\(R\), \(2\)]\)", 
  FontFamily -> "Times New Roman"]]

will output:

enter image description here


 Text[Style["\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\(R\), \(2\)]\)", 
   FontFamily -> "Times New Roman"]]]

will output: enter image description here

Obviously, the text in Graphics become tilted. What's the reason and how to fix it?

  • $\begingroup$ This is how graphics seems to work with text. see making-single-letters-non-italic-in-graphics-text-style-objects I can give you a workaround using rasterize if you want. But I do not know why Graphics changes it to italic. It seems build in. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Nasser Thanks a lot. I will close this post a few minutes later. $\endgroup$
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ I think you should wait few days. May be someone will come with an idea or some other solution? I never noticed this myself before. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 6:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Nasser Try this Graphics[ Text[Style["\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\(Ca\), \(\(2\)\(+\)\)]\)", FontFamily -> "Times New Roman"]]], you will find this is not tilted, and it is just sometimes tilted for some characters. $\endgroup$
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 6:35
  • $\begingroup$ To tell you the truth, I myself use MaTeX/Latex for all my labeling and texts of plots and graphics in Mathematica for school. It looks better and do not have to deal with such issues. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 6:39

1 Answer 1


The issue is due to the fact that you write R squared. Mma automatically makes it Italic. There is a simple workaround: write R in quotes: "R", but the power outside of the quotes, like in the image below:

enter image description here

That is:

Graphics[Text[Style[("R")^2, FontFamily -> "Times"]]]

Another way is to use the option SingleLetterItalics -> False:

Graphics[Text[Style[R^2, FontFamily -> "Times", SingleLetterItalics -> False]]]

with the following effect:

enter image description here

Have fun!

  • $\begingroup$ So Mathematica only will tilt the R^2, not to most characters. Am I right? $\endgroup$
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 10:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Y. zeng You are right. Es makes Italics any letter with super- and/or subscript. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ What is Es? $\endgroup$
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Jun 6, 2023 at 2:18
  • $\begingroup$ Excuse me, it should be "It" instead of "Es". Its a miswriting. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 6, 2023 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ Okay. Thanks a lot. $\endgroup$
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Jun 6, 2023 at 6:47

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