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MathType Tips: Moving MathType settings to a new Mac computer

Applies to:

  MathType 6 and later  

Situation:

There are at least two reasons why you might want to move your custom MathType settings (preference files, keyboard shortcuts, custom toolbar) to a new computer:

  1. You're retiring an old computer and you want to use MathType on your new computer.
  2. You have a computer at work and one at home, and you want the same MathType settings on each.

This tip covers these topics:

Preparation:

The first thing to do before moving your custom settings is to make sure you've completely exited MathType on both computers. There's more to this than simply closing the MathType windows on both computers; you also need to exit the MathType program:

To close MathType, you must use the Quit command.

If you're in the habit of inserting MathType equations into Word by clicking the "stoplight" (arrow 1 above), that's a good technique, but it doesn't close MathType. MathType remains running in the background, which makes it operate faster the next time you need it. To exit MathType, you need to use the Quit command, shown by arrow 2 above. Notice the keyboard shortcut Command+Q.

One way to check to see if MathType is still running is to hold down the Command key as you press and release Tab. If you see the "MathType blue Sigma" (as shown below), then MathType is still running. Keep the Command key depressed as you press & release Tab until MathType is highlighted, then release the Command key. Now close MathType. 

Command+Tab will show all open apps, and let you switch between them. 

What if my new computer is a Mac and my old one is running Windows?

If you're moving from Windows to Mac (or maybe you still use your Windows computer and want to also use MathType on your new Mac), the first thing to note is that your product key for MathType/Windows will not work for MathType/Mac. You'll need to purchase a new product key, but you will pay the upgrade price, not the new price. After the transaction, you may use both copies of MathType.

If you are moving from a Windows, the way you ensure MathType is completely closed is slightly different than what's described above for Mac. On your Windows computer, just like on a Mac, there's more to it than simply closing the MathType window. You also need to exit the MathType Server. The MathType Server doesn’t have anything to do with a network server; its purpose is to keep MathType open in the background so it operates faster after you first use it. Note: Another important thing to know about the MathType Server is that if it is running, any customizations to the toolbar or other MathType settings will not be saved until the Server closes.

To find and close the MathType Server, look in the “Notification Area” in the lower right of your screen, near the clock. You also need to exit the MathType Server. The MathType Server doesn’t have anything to do with a network server; its purpose is to keep MathType open in the background so it operates faster after you first use it. Note: Another important thing to know about the MathType Server is that if it is running, any customizations to the toolbar or other MathType settings will not be saved until the Server closes.

To find and close the MathType Server, look in the “Notification Area” in the lower right of your screen, near the clock:

You must close the MathType Server in order to fully exit MathType.

Click the MathType Server icon, then click Exit.

The process in the next section for moving the MathType Toolbar will work in this situation. Follow the instructions below for copying your MathType toolbar, then save it at this location on your Mac:

  1. On Windows, there are 2 copies of the toolbar file, toolbar.eql. There is one in the MathType installation directory in Program Files. This is not the custom one, and this is not the one you need to copy to your new computer. This is the default one that’s installed when you install MathType, and is used by MathType to restore the factory toolbar if it ever needs to do that. The custom toolbar is in a hidden folder at this location:
    C:\Users\[YourUserName]\AppData\Roaming\Design Science\DSMT6
  2. If you look there and can’t find it, you probably don’t have File Explorer set to show hidden files & folders. Here's how to change that:
    1. Windows 8 and later: At the top of the File Explorer window, click View and tick the box next to Hidden Items:
      Your files and folders settings must be set to display hidden files.
    2. Windows 7/Vista/XP: In the File Explorer Tools menu, click Folder options. Click the View tab, and about midway down the Advanced settings window, in the Hidden files and folders section, select Show hidden files and folders.
    3. Once you do that, you should be able to see the AppData folder mentioned above, and this is where your custom toolbar will be. Copy it and move it to your new computer at the location given in the next section.

Move or copy the custom MathType toolbar

There are 2 copies of the toolbar file, toolbar.eql, on your computer. There is one in the MathType installation directory in your Applications folder. This is not the custom toolbar, and this is not the one you need to copy to your new computer. This is the default one that's installed when you install MathType, and is used by MathType to restore the factory toolbar if it ever needs to do that. Here's how to find the custom toolbar:

  1. The MathType customizable toolbar is located in your user Library folder. Please note this is a HIDDEN folder, and is NOT the Library folder you'll find at "Macintosh HD/Library".
  2. To open the hidden Library folder, open a Finder window, and in the menu bar, click the Go menu.
  3. With the Go menu expanded, hold down the alt/option key, and you'll see Library appear, beneath Home.
  4. Keep holding alt/option while you click Library.
  5. Inside Library, click Application Support. Save your toolbar file there.

Move or copy MathType keyboard shortcuts and other settings

Note this is possible, but is an involved process, and fairly touchy, so we don't provide instructions here. If this is critical to you, please email us and we'll try to help.

Move or copy MathType preference files and other translators

One of MathType's most powerful features is the ability to save and load "preference files", which save your font information and spacing settings. If you have custom preference files and/or custom MathType output translators, copy these 2 folders and install them onto the new computer as well:

Applications/MathType 6/Preferences
Applications/MathType 6/Translators

After you finish copying these files to your new computer, all your MathType settings should be restored. Reboot if you want, but it's not necessary.

If you have a tip that you'd like to pass along to us for possible inclusion in our Tips & Tricks, email us.

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