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MathType 7 - Equation Editor
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 MathType 6.7 - Equation Editor



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MathType is a powerful interactive equation editor for Windows and Macintosh that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, elearning, and for TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

MathType vs Equation Editor

1. What's the difference between MathType and Equation Editor?

The short answer is that all of the features discussed on this website are exclusive to MathType or are significantly improved over the same feature in Equation Editor. There have been no significant changes to Equation Editor since we licensed it to Microsoft in 1991. MathType, on the other hand, has been continually upgraded and improved.

2. Will others who don't use MathType be able to read or edit my equations?

You may want to send documents containing MathType equations to other people so they can view, print, or even edit them. In this case, they should download and install our free MathType 30-day trial. Once the trial is over, MathType may still be used but some of its features will not be available. Most importantly, MathType's fonts will remain installed so that equations will display and print.

3. Will I be able to edit MathType equations with Equation Editor?

No, but if you download the free MathType 30-day trial, you will be able to edit all MathType equations. At the end of the trial period, MathType will revert to MathType Lite and you will always be able to view and edit MathType and Equation Editor equations.

4. If I install your 30-day demo of MathType and decide not to buy it, can I go back to using Equation Editor?

Yes if you prefer, but chances are that if you've been using Equation Editor with Word, it's already been removed.

5. How do I type a space into an equation? Why does it beep when I hit the spacebar?

MathType automatically applies spacing as you type according the rules of mathematical typesetting. This involves 6 different space widths, none of which is the width of a normal space. Since people are so used to hitting the spacebar while typing, we disable it when math is being entered. However, MathType also has a Text mode which allows you to type a plain English phrase or sentence in the middle of an equation. And the spacebar works in Text mode.

Purchasing MathType

6. Where can I purchase MathType and what methods of payment are available?

You can purchase direct from Design Science at our online store, by calling our office, from one of our resellers, or at a college bookstore. If ordering direct from us, we accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), checks, wire transfers and purchase orders as payment.

7. Do you offer an academic discount?

Yes. MathType is only $57 for faculty, staff and students of academic institutions. Upgrades are $37. You can get the discount in our online store or by calling our offices.

8. Do you offer site licenses?

Yes, we have site licenses for K-12 schools, college departments, college campuses, corporations and government organizations. If one of our site licenses does not suit your situation, let us know and we will try to accommodate the situation. Contact us for details.

9. I have both Windows and Macintosh computers. Do I need to buy two separate copies?

Not anymore! When you purchase a license for MathType, it includes use on both Windows and Mac, as well as in Google Docs and Word Online. You can purchase a license through our webstore.

10. Can I install MathType on more than one computer?

Yes, if you purchase a single-user copy of MathType, you can install it on all of your computers as long as you use it on only one of them at a time. Installing it on your office computer and your laptop is allowed—installing it on your friend's or coworker's computer is not.

11. How soon will I receive my MathType software?

When you purchase and download from our website, you will be up and running MathType within minutes.


12. Where do I find my product key (sometimes referred to as "registration number")?

Your product key is on your receipt if you ordered from our online store. If you ordered from an authorized reseller, it should be on the acknowledgement you received from them. You can also select 'About MathType' from the MathType menu (to the right of the Apple menu), but doing so won't give you a full product key that you'll need for reinstallation. The last 5 digits will be obscured for security purposes, but if you are writing for technical support, this is sufficient. If you need to reinstall MathType and don't have your complete product key, please contact our Customer Service staff so we can do a database search.

13. My copy of MathType is really old. Am I still eligible to upgrade?

Since MathType is licensed by subscription, there aren't really any upgrades in the usual sense. We provide special consideration for those who purchased a MathType 6.9/6.7 license "recently". To see if you qualify, please contact our Customer Service staff.


14. Will MathType run on my computer (system requirements)?

MathType's system requirements are not substantial:

  • Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.9) or later, including macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13)
  • 35 MB free hard disk space

15. What applications are compatible with MathType?

MathType works with 800+ popular applications and websites. Check our Works With section for details on those that you work with or that interest you. You can use MathType with virtually any application that supports Insert Object, Insert Equation, cut/copy/paste, drag-and-drop, insertion of image files or translations to MathML, TeX or LaTeX.

16. Which versions of Apple iWork work with MathType?

MathType works well with Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0, Numbers 4.0, and later, but not with earlier versions. Apple picked MathType as the equation editor to use with iWork. When MathType is installed, a MathType Equation item appears on the Insert menu in the individual applications: Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

17. Which versions of Microsoft Office for Mac work with MathType?

  • Mac Office 2011: Within Word 2011, MathType brings back its full functionality that was lost in Office 2008, including equation numbering.
  • Mac Office 2016: MathType 7 and later is fully compatible with Word 2016, but not yet with PowerPoint 2016. We are working hard to add this capability to PowerPoint.
  • Mac Office 2008: MathType is also compatible with Office 2008 but not all features are available. Please see So what's the story with MathType and Microsoft Office 2008? for details.

18. Are Mac and Windows versions of MathType compatible? How about Mac and Windows MS Word documents containing MathType equations?

Yes, MathType for Macintosh and Windows are fully compatible and Microsoft Word documents containing MathType equations can be easily shared between them.

Downloading and Installing MathType

19. Can I install MathType on both my home and work computers?

Yes, if you purchase a single-user copy of MathType, you can install it on all of your computers (i.e., home and work) as long as you use it on only one of your computers at a time.

20. Can I download MathType again if I need to reinstall my software?

Yes. MathType downloads are available on our download page.

21. How do I install MathType?

Once you complete the purchase of MathType in our online store, you will be able to download the MathType software. Once that is complete, just double-click the downloaded MathType-mac-en.pkg file. This will open it into a window. It will present simple instructions that will guide you through the installation process. You’ll be using MathType in no time at all.

22. I just bought a new computer. Do I have to buy MathType again? If not, how do I install it on my new computer?

No, you do not need to buy MathType again. Just install MathType on your new computer using the same product key you received with your original purchase.

23. I don't have Equation Editor installed. Do I need to install it before I install MathType?

No, MathType is a separate product and does not require Equation Editor to be installed first.

Getting Help

24. What if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at 800-827-0685, Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM Pacific, GMT - 8:00. You may also reach us via email at

25. How do I get help or technical support?

MathType technical support is free. Contact our technical support team by calling
+1 562 432 2920, Monday through Friday from  8 AM - 5 PM Pacific, GMT - 8:00, or email

26. Is there a training course I can sign up for?

No, but we have some excellent tutorials in MathType Help. In the Help menu, click "MathType Tutorial". These Basic Tutorials should take about an hour to complete. After you use MathType for a while, come back to Help and see what other tutorials are available in the "Getting Started > More Tutorials" section.

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