I'm using the built-in equation tool in Keynote. Is there a way to change the font used by default in Keynote?

Also, I see that when I try to use text in the equation via \text{} the font is in bold mode. How can I change that?

Note that a relevant Keynote question has been asked here.

As an example for the font change see this picture enter image description here

As an example for the bold text see the picture which was generated by \Gamma \text{ is fixed}

enter image description here

Note that this question is not a duplicate of this one. All of the options mentioned in the linked question are such that simply add a characteristic to the font (italics, bold, roman etc.) but they do not change the font.

  • @grg this does not solve the issue. It does not tell you how to change the font to some other font. It only gives you text modes inside an equation. Note that the fonts are different. e.g. the f is not the same f using the equation generator and LatexIT. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 10:35
  • What do you mean by "change in between the font, and not the font itself"?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 9:56
  • I mean that the fonts, in the picture above are not the same. you can see it clearly in the small x written there. I don't see how the options mentioned in apple.stackexchange.com/questions/315421/… give a way to transform the x on the left to the x on the right. Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 10:00
  • I would say that the "f" doesn't look the same either. But basically you are looking for way to have the "f" in one font, and the "x" in another?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 10:02
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    Sorry for not explaining myself correctly. I am looking for a way to change the entire font. I want also the f to look like the original CMU serif font as seen on the right picture. (I didn't mention the f since I thought most people wouldn't see the difference). Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 10:19

2 Answers 2


There’s no way to change the default font output of the standard LaTeX editor in Keynote.

There might be a way through changing the editor itself, though of course strictly speaking it wouldn’t be Keynote anymore, more of a customized variant.

So practically, no.

Old Answer (for temporary changes):


\mathfrak{x=2y} clearly changes the font in Keynote, and Pages as mentioned in the question you linked.

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    The question is not asking about \mathfrak or \mathbf etc., it's asking about changing the font family, e.g. to Computer Modern instead of whatever the default font is.
    – N. Virgo
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 5:17
  • Ah, thanks for pointing that out, the Latex editor in Keynote does not support changing the default font, I’ll edit my answer.
    – M. Y. Zuo
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 5:52

You can use math spacing when inserting text, such as \Gamma \;{is} \:{fixed} \:{for} \;{f(x)}, with the result as in picture below:

enter image description here

  • Take care of environment - here was with font size 34, may look bold.
    – Yoan
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 11:45
  • I do not understand. What you suggest does not help in fixing the font to match CMU fonts. Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 16:18

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