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TechNote #169: Last modified: 10/05/2017

Greek letters in MathType appear as Roman equivalents in Word

The information in this document applies to:


  • MathType 6.7h for Mac
  • Word 2011 and Office 2016 for Mac


You're working on a document in Word 2011 and using MathType for the equations. Some of your equations have Greek letters in them, but when you insert these equations into Word, sometimes the Greek letters are replaced with their Roman equivalents -- p becomes p, w becomes w, etc.

Greek letters turn in to Roman letters


There are multiple possible causes for this, but one of the most likely causes is having applications open from both Office 2011 and Office 2016 (Office 365) at the same time.

Fixing the equations and preventing this from happening

This is a simple one -- don't run Word 2011 at the same time any of the Office 2016 applications are open. Once you close Office 2016, you can get the Greek letters back in Word. If there's just one, double-click it and when it opens in MathType, it should change in Word. If there are several, or more than you want to double-click, run the Convert Equations command. You can find this command on the MathType menu in Word. Set the options to "convert" MathType equations to MathType equations.

We hope this has been helpful. As always, please let us know if you have questions about this, or if you have additional techniques that work. We'd love to hear from you.

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