| TechNote #169:
Greek letters in MathType appear as Roman equivalents in Word
The information in this document applies to:
- 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.
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.