| TechNote #174:
MathType will not launch in a Mac Guest account
The information in this document applies to:
- MathType 6.7 and later for Mac
When you're logged in on a Mac as a Guest, when you try to launch MathType,
you see this error:
If you follow the path identified in the error dialog and read MathType6.log,
it will tell you that you need at least one Symbol font and one Extra font.
MathType uses its own version of the fonts Symbol and MT Extra. There is a
way to configure your Mac such that the MathType fonts are in the OS System
Fonts folder, but this is not something we recommend.
Do not run MathType as a Guest user on a Mac. If you need the capability for
others to use MathType on your computer, we recommend creating a new User (in
System Preferences/Users & Groups). Assign this new User to a Standard or a
Managed account, and he or she will be able to use MathType after logging in.
After you create the account, it's a good idea to log in to it yourself once.
That way you can finish the initial cleanup items, and set it up the way you
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.