I've been using `-16`

in my LaTeX code to write negative numbers.

But the problem with that, is in many displays and LaTeX rendering kits, it displays the `-`

sign as extremely long and separated from all the other mathematical symbols (e.g. the `16`

).

Since I knew that LaTeX is an extremely thorough, powerful and complex language, I thought there definitely must be a way to pass this slightly annoying problem.

I don't really want my users looking at a mile-long negative sign.

Is there a way?

Example:

## Best Answer

I am not a fan of typing numbers in the text in mathmode. It's fine if you use a complete font, but what if you decide to change the math font later? I prefer to use the

`textminus`

from the`textcomp`

package. If your editor is unicode capable you can enter the proper minus symbol directly.Edit:`siunitx`

is able to handle numbers correctly as well.Edit 2:To respond a bit more to the question asked, there is no typographical difference between a 'minus' and 'negative' sign. The difference is the kerning: With`$-12$`

the sign is close to the number, with`$10-12$`

the minus has appropriate kerning between the numbers. In short, there should be no need to resize the minus sign for negative numbers as a good font should have a minus sign so that its length blends in well with text.