MathType Tips: Moving MathType settings to a new Windows
There are at least two reasons why you might want to move your custom
MathType settings (preference files, keyboard shortcuts, custom toolbar) to a
- You're retiring an old computer and you want to use MathType
on your new computer.
- You have a computer at work and one at home, and you want
the same MathType settings on each.
This tip covers these topics:
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 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
To find and close the MathType Server, look in the “Notification Area” in the
lower right of your screen, near the clock:
Click the MathType Server icon, then click Exit.
What if my old computer is
a Mac and my new one is Windows?
If you're moving from a Mac to Windows (or maybe you still use your Mac and
want to also use MathType on Windows), the first thing to note is that your
product key for MathType/Mac will not work for MathType/Windows. 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 Mac, there is nothing on the Mac that corresponds to
the MathType Server on Windows. Follow the instructions above to close the
MathType Server on Windows, but on the Mac, when you close the MathType program,
there is no other step to perform. Note though, it's still possible to close the
MathType window (by clicking the red "stoplight" in the upper left corner of the
window), but the program continues to run. To close the MathType program, you
must use the Quit command on the MathType menu (shortcut key Command+Q).
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:
- On the Mac, the MathType customizable toolbar is
located in your user Library folder. Please note this is a
HIDDEN folder, and is NOT the
Library folder that you'll find at "Macintosh HD/Library".
- To open the hidden Library folder,
open a Finder window, and in the menu bar, click the Go menu.
- With the Go menu expanded, hold down the alt/option
key, and you'll see Library appear, beneath Home.
- Keep holding alt/option while you click Library.
- Inside Library, click Application Support. Save your
toolbar file there.
Move or copy the custom MathType
The main file to transfer is your customized toolbar. There are 2 copies of
the toolbar file, toolbar.eql, on your computer. There is one in the MathType
installation directory in Program Files. 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. The custom toolbar is in a
hidden folder at this location:
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:
- Windows 8 and later: At the top of the File
Explorer window, click View and tick the box
next to Hidden Items:
- 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
- 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 same location.
Move or copy MathType keyboard
shortcuts and other settings
MathType's custom shortcuts, windows settings, and other preferences
are saved in a registry setting. Open the Registry Editor by holding down the
Windows key (the key that looks like a Windows logo), press and release the R
key, then release the Windows key. (This shortcut may vary on non-English
keyboards.) Once the Run dialog is open, type regedit and press
Enter. Navigate to the path shown here:
When you find this registry key, right-click and choose Export.
Give it a file name and note where you save it (Desktop is a good place). Use
a thumb drive or other method to move this registry key file to your new
computer. Double-click it and answer the prompt that you do want to continue,
and you'll fairly immediately receive a confirmation that the registry keys were
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 (note that for
32-bit Windows, there will be no (x86) as shown below):
C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Preferences
C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\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.
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