In AUCTex, my font-latex-math-face has green color that also colors $ $ or \( \) into green as well. Here I just want to have different color for dollar sign than font-latex-math-face's

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Is it possible to change the color of dollar sign and \( \) into different color?

As example built-in math-mode at tex.stackexchange.com/ has this feature where dollar-sign shows up in different color:

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  • It is bothersome to recreate text from screen. Put the math in a text block, so that it is easy to copy-paste.
    – user31220
    Oct 21, 2022 at 4:28

1 Answer 1


If you want this

$ math delimiter gets its own face

$ math delimiter gets its own face

instead of this

$ math delimiter has same face math text

$ math delimiter has same face math text

do this

(defface font-latex-dollar-face
  '((t :foreground "lime green"))
  "Face for tikzpicture environment."
  :group 'font-latex-highlighting-faces)

(eval-after-load 'font-latex
   'font-latex-match-dollar-math :around
   (defun font-latex-match-dollar-math--around
       (orig-fun &rest orig-args)
          (val (apply orig-fun orig-args))
          (beg (when val
                 (match-beginning 0)))
          (end (when val
                 (match-end 0))))
       (when (and beg
                    (goto-char beg)
                    (looking-at-p (rx "$"))))
             (let* ((beg beg)
                    (end (progn (goto-char beg)
                                (skip-chars-forward (rx "$"))
               (prog1 end
                 (add-text-properties beg end '(
                                                face font-latex-dollar-face
                                                fontified t))))
             (let* ((end end)
                    (beg (progn (goto-char end)
                                (skip-chars-backward (rx "$"))
               (prog1 beg
                 (add-text-properties beg end '(face font-latex-dollar-face
                                                     fontified t)))))))

;; (advice-remove 'font-latex-match-dollar-math 'font-latex-match-dollar-math--around)

  • Even I read the manual I was not able to come up with this solution :-) I don't understand how it works but it works like magic, thanks.
    – alper
    Oct 22, 2022 at 12:06
  • How can this solution be extended to include \(, \(, \[ and \]? Feb 21 at 14:18

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