MathType 6.x for Windows
Last Updated: May 2017
About this document
This document is designed to familiarize 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. (Note:
For the remainder of this document, when we refer to the Program Files folder we
will not distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. On 64-bit Windows
though, the MathType installation folder is C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType.) In this folder are the
- Fonts folder
- Language folder
- MathPage folder
- Office Support folder
- Preferences folder
- System folder
- Translators folder
- MT6.dsc (Hidden file)
- MT6XXX.chm (where XXX is ENU, DEU, FRA, or JPN, depending on the
language being installed)
- 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)
MathType Commands 6 for Word20XX.dotm
|This is a Word macro file placed into the
Word Startup folder for every instance of Microsoft Word 2002
(XP), 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 installed on the computer.
||Fonts installed into the Windows Font
Folder, with a backup copy in
||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
||Log file detailing installation actions
||Setup creates a set of shortcut files to
the MathType application, MathType Server, help file, MathType
uninstaller, and Equation
Conversion Manager, located in the Start Menu\Programs\MathType Folder
Systems administrators 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 two 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
Obtain the standard downloadable MathType installer from the
MathType Downloads page.
Unpacking the installer
The installer is
essentially a self-extracting ZIP archive (it will have an .exe
extension, but it's still a ZIP archive), and you will need to unpack it.
- Not all zip utilities can open the archive, but the free
7-Zip utility can, for
- The process results in a folder containing the contents of
the MathType installation.
- Among this group of files is the setup.exe program that installs the files in
the disk image. You will need setup.exe in the next 2 sections.
NOTE: Silent installation involves executing the
setup.exe command twice. The first execution
(described here) adds your registration information to the disk image. The
second execution (described in the next section) is what accomplishes the actual
Execute setup.exe, step 1: Adding registration information
Ordinarily, Setup.exe expects key and registration information
to be entered interactively via a dialog box. For a silent installation, this
information must be pre-entered. The argument to the -UNLOCK switch has the
format of a form-encoded URL. Substitute your license key and registration
information in the appropriate places. Here's an example:
- RegFirstName & RegLastName: Homer Simpson
- RegOrg: Springfield Nuclear
- RegNum: MTWE6X1-XXXXXX-NNNNN
- RegEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Setup.exe string: (Please note this is one long
string, but appears broken here, to fit within the page's
Setup.exe -UNLOCK "RegFirstName=Homer&RegLastName=Simpson&RegOrg=Springfield%20Nuclear&RegNum=MTWE6X1-XXXXXX-NNNNN&RegEmailemail@example.com"
If you'd like to verify this step, look inside the folder where you unpacked
the MathType installer. Look for the file named mt6.dsc. If its
date/time stamp matched the date and time you performed this step of adding
registration information, you have succeeded.
Execute setup.exe, step 2: Invoking
In this set of steps, the command prompt must be run as an
administrator. You will get a confirmation in the title bar of the
window: Administrator: Command Prompt.
Command-line parameters can be passed to the Setup application to instruct it
to perform specific installation and uninstallation tasks and to run silently.
Some of these parameters require a folder location. Folder locations must be
surrounded by double-quotes if the path name contains spaces. All command-line
parameters are case-insensitive. All parameters, including extra path
parameters, should be separated from each other by a space. For example, to
specify a silent installation to the directory E:\User Apps\Design Science\MathType, one would use the command line:
setup.exe -Q -D "E:\User Apps\Design Science\MathType"
The list of command line options is:
||Invokes silent mode. Note that if errors occur during
the install, there will be no user interface indicating such, and the
setup will fail silently. However, you may determine the error by
looking in the directory specified by the TMP environment variable. In
that directory will be a DSSetup.log or MathType6.log which will
describe any errors. A common error that occurs is trying to run the
installation while Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, or Word is running.
Setup, which normally asks the user to quit such an application, will
fail silently in this case.
||This parameter indicates the destination folder.
Following this parameter must be the full path of a folder where
MathType will be installed. This folder will be displayed in the
"Install MathType to:" box on the main selection dialog.
| NOTE: The destination path must immediately follow the -D option,
enclosed in quotes if it includes spaces.
||This parameter indicates the source folder. Following
this parameter must be the full path of a folder where the MathType
source files are located. You only need to use this parameter if the
source files are not located in the same folder as SETUP.EXE.
||Use this parameter alone with -Q to perform a silent
uninstall of MathType.
||This parameter is used to suppress error and warning
messages relating to Microsoft Office macro command installation.
(You're doing a silent installation of MathType, so MathType's error
messages are already suppressed. This -C option suppresses specifically
the messages related to Office VBA macros.) If MS Word's Startup
folder is locked, or if the macro command files have already been
installed and are locked, Setup will normally give the user warnings on
installation. If this is the normal environment for your organization,
and you don't want users to have to deal with such messages (and report
these errors to you), use this switch. Be aware, however, that if the
macro command files are not already installed, and Word's Startup folder
is locked, your users will not see the appropriate warning messages, and
will not have the macro commands available to them. For this reason, the
"-C" switch should be used sparingly in silent installs. If this switch is on, these errors and warnings will be
written into the log file.
Once a disk image has been prepared, and the proper command line arguments
for setup.exe have been identified, you are ready to push the installation of
MathType out to Workstations. The choice of method will depend on the software
deployment framework being used. The two most most common options are:
- Use the prepared disk image and command line parameters to build a
private MSI package.
- Share your disk image directory and create a shortcut to setup.exe,
choosing options from the list above. Then
set up a network install script to have each workstation run this shortcut
once. After it is run, each workstation will have MathType installed.
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
- 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.