Microsoft Word (Windows)
MathType provides close integration with Microsoft Word, letting you insert equations by clicking a button on the toolbar. You can also perform other tasks such as numbering equations, formatting all the equations in your document, and much more.
Word is a word processor that's part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Word supports a widespread standard for linking and embedding objects called OLE (Object Linking and Embedding). Since MathType equations are natively OLE objects, this means that MathType and Word work well together.
With MathType and Word, you can:
- Add an equation to Word: With Word, you can use MathType toolbar, menu, or Ribbon tab commands to insert an equation at the insertion point or in a separate paragraph. Alternatively, you can drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste equations and expressions from MathType directly into Word. How-to
- Edit an equation in Word: Since OLE remembers that MathType was used to create the equation, double-clicking it opens the equation in MathType for editing. After you have finished your changes, closing the window will update the equation in Word. How-to
- Insert handwritten math into Word: If you're using Windows 7, easily insert handwritten math with the Windows Math Input Panel and a tablet PC, a digitizing tablet, or a mouse. How-to
- Number and reference equations: Numbers and references automatically update if you add a new equation. How-to
- Change the font and size of all equations in a document: Change the font and size of all equations in a document -- very convenient when you need the equations to match the style of the rest of the document. How-to
- Create good-looking, accessible math web pages: MathType's Publish to MathPage command makes it very easy to publish technical documents to the web. How-to
- Type LaTeX directly into Word and convert to a MathType equation with a click. How-to
- Browse all equations and equation numbers in a document: If you need to check your work, use MathType's browse feature in Microsoft Word to visit all the equations. How-to
- Export all equations in a document to TeX/LaTeX, MathML, EPS, GIF, or WMF: If you need to use equation images from Word in another application or web page, convert them all to images with a single command. How-to
Step-by-step instructions: Using MathType with Word
MathType has several commands for inserting equations into Word, depending on where you want the equation to be placed, and whether you need to associate an equation number with it. These commands are located on the MathType menu & toolbar on Word 2002-2003, and on the MathType tab on Word 2007's Ribbon when you install MathType or the MathType trial.
- Insert inline equation. This command inserts a MathType equation at the insertion point. The equation is adjusted to align itself with the surrounding text, so use this command when you want to insert an equation in a sentence.
- Insert display equation inserts a new line if the insertion point isn't already on a new line, and then insert an equation centered between the left and right margins.
- Insert right-numbered (or left-numbered) display equation inserts a right-justified (or left-justified) equation number with the display equation.
If you double-click a MathType equation, it will open in MathType for you to edit. Make the necessary changes and close the MathType window. When you close MathType, a pop-up dialog may ask if you want to save the changes to the equation in your document. If you want the changes to be saved without being asked the question each time, check the box that says "Don't show me this again".
Insert handwritten math into Word
In Windows 7, the Open Math Input Panel… command in the MathType Ribbon tab or toolbar brings up the Math Input Panel (MIP). Write the equation in the MIP and when you're finished, click the Insert button. The equation appears in the MathType editing window at the location of the insertion point. Functions in MathType's list of Functions Recognized are also recognized in the MIP (log, cos, etc.).
Number and reference equations
- Place the insertion point at the desired location and use the Insert Equation Number command to insert an equation number.
- To insert a reference to this equation number, place the insertion point in the desired location for the reference and choose the Insert Equation Reference command. Then, double-click the equation number to be referenced, and the reference will be inserted at the original location.
Change font & size of all equations in the document
- Choose Format Equations from the MathType menu or Ribbon tab in Word to open the Format Equations dialog.
- Select the equation preferences you want to use for the equations.
- If you've set up preferences for this document with the Set Equation Preferences command, the Current document option will be enabled.
- If you've copied an equation to the clipboard before running this command, Equation on clipboard will be enabled.
- You can also use the preferences MathType is currently using for new equations, or you can pick an existing MathType equation preferences file.
- You can see the details of the selected preferences by clicking the Preview… button, which opens the Preview Preferences dialog.
- Click OK and the formatting process will start. Word's status bar displays a count of the number of equations processed, and when the process has completed a dialog will display a summary.
Create good-looking, accessible math web pages
- Save the Word document.
- Choose the Publish to MathPage command from Word's MathType toolbar, menu or Ribbon tab.
- Edit the Title as necessary. It will appear in the browser's title bar.
- Choose the File Name for the web page. The default is to save it in the same folder as the Word document, but with an .htm or .xht extension. You can either type in the name of the file or click Browse… and choose it in the Save dialog.
- Choose whether you want the equations displayed as images (GIFs) or MathML. If you choose images, the filename extension will be .htm; if you choose MathML, it will be .xht. See MathType Help for further discussion on the difference between the 2 methods.
- If you choose images, you can also turn on MathZoom, which allows equations in the web page to be magnified by clicking on them. If you're using MathML and the person reading your web page is using Internet Explorer with MathPlayer, MathZoom is turned on automatically.
- Choose the target browser. Select the Internet Explorer 5 or newer (Windows) option if you know that your web page will only be viewed by people using such a browser. The file will be smaller, particularly if it contains many mathematical symbols. Otherwise, choose the All browsers option. Note: some MathML targets require a specific browser, in which case only one target browser will be available.
The settings for this web page will be saved in the Word document, and displayed in the dialog if you run this command again. You can also use these settings (other than Title and File Name) as the default values for other web pages by checking the Use settings as defaults checkbox.
- Click OK to generate the web page. You'll see a progress dialog appear, and when the page has been generated it will open up in your default browser (if you selected this option).
Type LaTeX directly into Word
The Toggle MathType/TeX command allows you to type Texvc directly into a Word document and convert it into a MathType equation. Since it's a "toggle", choosing the command again will return the MathType equation to Texvc.
- To enter an Inline Equation, the Texvc must be delimited as: $...$
- To enter a Display Equation, the Texvc must be delimited as: \[...\]
- To convert a single equation, first select it (by clicking it once with the mouse) OR place the cursor near it in the same line. Then either choose the Toggle TeX command from the toolbar, menu, or Ribbon, or use the shortcut Alt+\.
- To convert all equations in a region of a document, select the region and follow the steps in the previous bullet.
Browse all equations and equation numbers in a document
The MathType browse controls allow you to search through your documents for three types of objects: equations, equation numbers, or chapter/section breaks. To start the search, select the object to search for and click the Next or Previous buttons. The browse feature will search all visible parts of the document starting at cursor position. This includes headers and footers, if visible.
Export all equations to one of several formats
The Export Equations command allows you to export MathType and Equation Editor equations in your Word document to individual graphics files. This can be useful when importing a Word document into a desktop publishing application. You can choose between EPS (good for desktop publishing applications), WMF (good for most Windows software applications), or GIF (good for publishing to the web).
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