MathType 6.x for Windows
Last Updated: April 2012
About this document
This document is designed to familiarize site license customers and network
administrators on the different types of installations of MathType, and to
introduce some specialized features designed to make the installation of
MathType on multiple computers as manageable as possible.
In this Document
The MathType installer has been designed to run from one of two disk types.
It can be run from a CD or from a single, self extracting executable (for
download). Additionally, MathType is capable of performing two different types
of installations described as follows:
- Standard Installation
Used when installing MathType
directly onto the computer where it will be used. This installs MathType in
its entirety so that it can be run independently with no need for a network
connection. On computers where multiple user accounts exist, the MathType
application is available to all users.
- Shared Network Setup
Used when setting up MathType to run from a shared location on a network
server. In instances where user disk space must be preserved, or if a need
exists for application-use metering, a shared network setup will be most
useful. Details of a shared network setup are expressed in the section
Shared Network Setup.
MathType setup will only overwrite existing files if
their versions are the same or older than what are provided by the setup. These
version-installed files include DLL, EXE, and TTF. File types that do not
contain version data are always overwritten by the setup.
MathType6.log is written to the user's Windows Temporary Files folder. It
contains detailed information pertaining to the most recent execution of the
MathType setup. Information found in the MathType6.log file is:
- All installed files and
- All tasks performed (e.g.
OLE Registration, Font Installation etc.)
- All messages presented to
- All error or warning
messages presented to the user
- Messages displayed in the
progress meter dialog
This same file is also used when performing an
uninstall of MathType.
The majority of files installed by the setup are placed into a folder located
at C:\Program Files\MathType. This is the default location presented in the main
selection dialog at the beginning of installation. In this folder are the
- Fonts folder
- Language folder
- MathPage folder
- Office Support folder
- Preferences folder
- System folder
- Translators folder
- MT6.dsc (Hidden file)
- MT6enu.cnt (Hidden file)
- Setup.inf (Hidden file)
Other files installed by the MathType setup are placed into other
locations. The MathType setup will need write access to these locations for
installation to complete successfully. And therefore, prior to installation,
must be unlocked. These files and their locations are described below.
||Description and location
|MathType Commands 6 for Word.dot (or .dotm)
||This is a Word macro file placed into the
Word Startup folder for every instance of Microsoft Word 2002
(XP), 2003, 2007, and 2010 (Not for 64-bit version of 2010) installed on the computer.
||Fonts installed into the Windows Font
Folder and installed in C:\Program Files\MathType\Fonts\TrueType
||A collection of PostScript fonts installed
into C:\Program Files\MathType\Fonts\PostScript
||System level DLL file used by MathType Help
located at C:\Windows\system (or system32)\
||Toolbar file containing each user's
customizable toolbar, located in %AppData%\Design Science\DSMT6\
||Log file detailing installation actions
Located at %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\
||Setup creates a set of shortcut files to
the MathType application, MathType Server, help file, User manual, setup and Equation
Conversion Manager, located in the Start Menu\Programs\MathType Folder
Systems administrators for site licensees typically use network deployment
tools to install MathType on many machines at an institution. To
facilitate this, it is possible to perform a silent installation that suppresses all dialogs,
including registration. No pre-packaged silent installer or .msi is currently
available for MathType. But the information in this section describes
several options for performing silent installations.
A silent installation involves three steps:
- Preparing a disk image where product key and registration information
has been pre-entered.
- Invoking the MathType Setup program with command-line parameters to
carry out the installation
- Pushing the installation out to workstation using your deployment tools
Due to security considerations, detailed information about carrying out these
steps is only available upon request. Please email to
Technical Support, and provide your site license key.
MathType setup supports a Shared Network Installation which allows MathType
to be installed onto a shared, network volume (server) enabling local network
users to run MathType from the server. This installation has two parts;
That which is installed on the network volume and that which is
installed onto the user's computer.
- Network volume
- Known as the Server-side Shared Network Setup
- Complete MathType
- Installation source
files for local network users
- Local network computers
- Known as the Client-side Shared Network Setup.
- This setup will install the minimal set of files
onto the network user's computer.
- MathType.exe will not be installed since it
resides on the shared network volume.
To install a shared network setup, follow these steps:
- Copy the contents of the
MathType CD onto the server.
Copy the entire contents of the MathType CD to a location on your network
server where all users have access. This folder is referred to as the
"Source Folder" and can be set to "read only" once copying is complete.
- Run a standard installation
of MathType on the server.
As mentioned in the Installation Overview of this document, there are a
number of files that are installed to locations other than the MathType
Application folder. It is important that setup has write access to these
locations in order to complete this step successfully. Review the files and
locations listed above and unlock directories as appropriate prior to
Setup must be run on the server in order to appropriately set up the
MathType destination folder. Install MathType into a location that is
accessible to your network users, making sure NOT to install it into the
source folder created in step 1. Doing so will cause the installation to
fail. During this installation you will be prompted to personalize your copy
of MathType. Enter the name, organization name and registration number as
appropriate. The registration number must be a valid site license
registration number to prevent problems when executing step 4.
- Create a shortcut to be
executed by local network users.
Create a shortcut to the Setup.exe file located in the Source Folder created
in step 1. Place this shortcut in a server volume where your network users
will have access to it.
- Rename this shortcut
to "Client-Side Install" (no quotes).
- Open the Properties of the shortcut and make the following
- In the Shortcut Tab
edit the "Target" box by adding the following to the end of the existing
string: -W -DL "<MathTypeDir>" (where MathTypeDir is
the location where you installed MathType in step 2).
- If you normally run
The Microsoft Word Startup folder locked, you may consider adding also
-C to the string in order to suppress any error messages your network
users may get during the client-side installation. Note however that using
the -C command-line parameter may prevent one from receiving important
valid-macro-errors. Because of this, use this parameter sparingly.
- Run the Client-side Shared Network Setup.
From a local network user's computer, access and execute the
Client-Side Install shortcut created in step 3. This will complete the installation
giving the network computer all the appropriate fonts, OLE registration and
Start Menu icons necessary to run MathType.
- Test your installation.
Test by launching
MathType from Start/All Programs/MathType and create expressions using each
of the templates and toolbar elements.