Insert and edit MathType equations in Word, using only the keyboard
||MathType 6 and later for Windows
MathType 6 and later for Mac
|Word 2007 and later for Windows
Word 2011 for Mac
You're a fast typist and enjoy using keyboard shortcuts in MathType, but wish
there was a faster method to insert and edit equations in Word without using the
As background information, you may already know that MathType has many
keyboard shortcuts built in. We tried to assign these shortcuts so they would be
easy to remember -- Ctrl+F for fraction (Command+F on Mac), Ctrl+R for square
root (Command+R on Mac), etc. What about the ones that aren't obvious? Did you
know that when you hover the mouse pointer over a menu item, a symbol, or a
template in MathType the shortcut (if there is one) is shown in the Status Bar?
You can also assign your own shortcuts, either replacing the existing
shortcuts, or adding to the ones already there. To do that, use the Customize
Keyboard command in the Preferences menu of MathType for Windows or in the
Preferences flyout of the MathType menu on the Mac.
But that's not what this tip is about...
MathType's shortcuts in Word
When you're in Word and want to insert an equation, or you have an existing
equation you want to edit, how do you do that without the mouse? MathType has
several built-in shortcuts for that.
You can insert an equation at the current cursor location
in the document with keyboard shortcuts.
- Insert display equation: Alt+Q (Mac: Option+Q)
- Insert inline equation: Crtl+Alt+Q (Mac: Ctrl+Option+Q)
- Insert right-numbered equation: Alt+Shift+Q (Mac:
- Insert left-numbered equation: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Q (Mac:
If you're using Windows and want to write out an equation by hand, you can
use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+M to open the Math Input Panel. Write the equation and
after ensuring it's correct, tap Insert and the equation will be placed into the
If you prefer to type using the LaTeX language, begin and end your equation with
$ and $ or \[ and \] for an inline equation or display equation, respectively.
After you've finished the equation, use the shortcut Alt+\ to convert the LaTeX
code to a MathType equation.
If there's an equation already in the document and you want to edit the
equation, first select the equation. To do this without the mouse, place the
cursor to the left or right of the equation, then while holding the Shift key,
press the right or left arrow, as appropriate, to select the equation. Then use
one of these 2 shortcuts to edit it in MathType:
- Edit equation in-place in the document: Alt+E (Windows only
-- see below)
- Use Esc to return to the
document after editing.
- Open equation for editing in a separate MathType window:
Alt+O (Mac: Option+Command+O)
- Use Ctrl+F4 to close
MathType and return to the document after
editing. Remember, you can change shortcuts or
add your own, so if another shortcut is more
convenient than Ctrl+F4, change it. Ctrl+W, for
example, is a standard shortcut to close the
("W" = "window"), so that one may be more
convenient and easier to apply with 1 hand.
You already know what "editing in a separate MathType window" is, since
that's MathType's normal mode of operation. Here's what it looks like when
"editing in-place" -- not available on the Mac:
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