# Is there a short hand command to write derivatives?

You can use the esdiff package, which has handy macros for derivatives and partial derivatives, taking care of indices. Here is a demo;

\documentclass{article}%

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\usepackage[thinc]{esdiff}

\begin{document}

\begin{alignat*}{3}
\diff{f}{x} &\qquad \diff*{g}{t}{t = 1} \2ex] \diffp{f}{x} &\qquad\diffp{g}{tu}& & \qquad & \diffp*{g}{{t^2}{u^3}}{(0,0)} \end{alignat*} \end{document} Oh, you mean not symbol, but operator. There is physics, as stated by @Zarko. • \differential produces the variants of d: \dd x • \derivative yields the df/dx in variants: \dv{x}, \dv{f}{x} • \partialderivative produces the partial symbol in derivaties a la carte, similar to \dv, use \pdv x, etc. • \variation and \functionalderivative are also there, e.g. \fdv{F}{g}. It's all in the documentation on pages 5-6, say texdoc physics for the pdf. Screenshot from the document. There is also another important and easy package to write ordinary derivate and partial derivatives named derivative. I have added only some simple examples how to use this package where the d ("classical derivate") is written in roman. \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{derivative} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} \begin{document} \[\odv{f(x)}{x}, \qquad \odv[n]{f(x)}{x}, \qquad \pdv[\alpha,b,c]{f}{x,y,z}
$\pdv{f}{x,y}, \qquad \odv{e^{\tan(x)}}{x}, \qquad \odv{\cos t}{t}_{t=0}^{}$
\end{document}