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TechNote #23: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

Using MathType 3.x with WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows


The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.x (Win)

WordPerfect 6.0 (Win)

Within the MathType manual is a section dedicated to the use of MathType with WordPerfect for Windows. This WordPerfect section is from page 5-37 to page 5-47. The information in this Technical Notice is for WordPerfect for Windows 6.0 (WordPerfect) and supersedes information in the manual.


Preparing WordPerfect for MathType Equations

WordPerfect's graphic format must be set to accept MathType equations. To prepare WordPerfect:

  1. Select “Preferences” from WordPerfect's File menu. Then select the “Import” option.
  2. Make sure that the “Retain Metafile (.WMF) Format” radio button is checked.

This will also increase the speed at which WordPerfect works with OLE objects.


Inserting equations via OLE

To insert equations into a WordPerfect document via OLE, use the following procedure:

  1. Select “Object” from WordPerfect's Insert menu.
  2. Select “MathType Equation” from the Insert Object dialog box. MathType will now run.
  3. Edit your equation in MathType. When you are finished editing, either double-click in the close box or select “Close and Return” from MathType’s File menu.
  4. Select “Yes” when MathType asks you if you want to update changes.

The equation you created in MathType is now automatically inserted into your document. 


Pasting MathType equations into WordPerfect

To paste a MathType equation into WordPerfect 6.0, you must use the following procedure:

  1. Select “Paste Special” from the Edit menu.
  2. Select “Equation Object”.

If you use “Paste” from the Edit menu, the MathType equation will be converted into a picture. This conversion will not allow you to double-click on an equation and edit it in MathType. You can paste the equation picture into MathType for editing.


Editing OLE equations

If you edit a MathType OLE equation and change its height or width you will need to manually resize the equation, as WordPerfect will not resize the equation in the WordPerfect document. To get the new equation size:

  1. After editing an equation and before returning to WordPerfect, choose “Update” from the File menu in MathType.
  2. Write down the height and width dimensions from MathType’s status bar.
  3. Close the MathType window.
  4. Follow the steps in the “Resizing Equations” section.

Importing MathType equation files to WordPerfect

WordPerfect 6.0 only properly imports EPS files with TIFF screen graphics. However, the equations do not import at the correct size and therefore must be resized.

To import MathType equation files into WordPerfect:

  1. From within MathType, highlight the equation and select “Copy” from the Edit menu.
  2. Write down the height and width dimensions from MathType’s status bar.
  3. Select “Save” from the File menu. Save the equation as an EPS w/ TIFF file.
  4. From within WordPerfect, select “Figure” from the Graphics menu.
  5. Select the file you just saved.
  6. Follow the steps in the “Resizing Equations” section

Resizing MathType equations in WordPerfect

To resize MathType equations from within WordPerfect:

  1. Select the equation within WordPerfect.
  2. Click once on the right mouse button and choose “Size”
  3. From the “Box Size” dialog box, type in the equation’s height and width dimensions (that you wrote down from MathType’s status bar).
  4. Click “OK.”

This will resize the equation to the correct size.  


Transferring equations to WordPerfect in WordPerfect equation format

The following procedure will transfer MathType equations to WordPerfect in WordPerfect’s equation format:

  1. From within MathType, select “Clipboard Format...” from the Preferences menu.
  2. Click on the “WordPerfect (DOS and Windows)” radio button.
  3. Highlight the equation and select “Copy” from the Edit menu.
  4. Select “Paste” from WordPerfect's Edit menu.

Once a MathType equation is converted into WordPerfect’s equation format, the equation cannot be edited by MathType. MathType equations print out at a higher quality than equations in WordPerfect’s equation format.


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