Using MathType 3.0x with Word 6.0 for Macintosh
The information in this document applies to:
MathType 3.0x (Mac)
Microsoft Word 6.0 (Mac)
MathType 3.0 is generally compatible with Word 6.0 for the Macintosh, but:
- Word’s OLE registration for Equation Editor causes MathType equations to
be converted to Equation Editor objects which, when double-clicked, run
Equation Editor rather than MathType. The majority of this document
describes how to fix this problem.
- Word 6 now uses Microsoft’s OLE 2.0 method of linking to other programs,
and their implementation has broken the linking with many OLE 1.0 programs
like MathType. The result is that MathType 3.0 users cannot use the
Insert/Object command to launch MathType or double-click on equations to
Note: These problems have been fixed in later versions of MathType.
We highly recommend that you order an upgrade.
Microsoft Word 6.0 and Microsoft Equation 2.0
Word 6 comes with version 2.0 of Equation Editor, a new version of the junior
version of MathType that we license to Microsoft. Unfortunately, if you install
EE2 with Word 6 it will set things up to automatically convert your MathType
equation “objects” into EE2 objects. This is undesirable if you want to
continue using MathType to create and edit equations.
We recommend you do not install EE2 as part of your Word 6 installation. If
you have installed Word 6 already and you are unsure whether you have installed
EE2, choose Insert/Object from Word’s menus. If “Microsoft Equation 2.0”
shows up, EE2 is installed.
If you did not install EE2:
In this case, MathType 3.0(a) will work just fine except for problem number
two at the top of this page. We still recommend you get 3.1 in order to make
the Insert/Object command and double-clicking work properly.
If you did install EE2:
If you already installed EE2 as part of your Word 6 installation, you will
have to uninstall it. After you do this, however, you must repair the damage
done to your documents containing equations that were opened or created with
Word 6. Yes, even if you simply opened such a document, all its equations will
have been “converted” to EE2 objects, and, therefore will not be directly
usable with MathType.
Removing Microsoft Equation 2.0
To remove EE2, you will need to run the Microsoft Word Setup program again.
Do not try to remove EE2 by simply erasing it from your disk, as there are
components that the Word Setup program needs to edit.
- Run the Microsoft Word Setup program from the Word Install Disk 1.
- Click on the “Add/Remove” button.
- Under the list of installed components, (the right hand column), click on
the arrow next to “Accessories” to open up the list of accessories.
- Click twice in the box next to “Equation Editor”. (The first click
unselects it, the second selects it.) Make sure that only the components you
want to uninstall are checked.
- Click on the “Continue” button, and let the installer remove the
Converting each Microsoft Equation 2.0 equation into a
Any Word document that you opened while EE2 was installed will have
automatically converted each equation into an EE2 object. Documents that were
not opened while EE2 was installed will not have this problem. To convert EE2
equations back into MathType equations:
- Start MathType and Word.
- Select the equation in Word 6, and choose Copy from the Edit menu.
- Select the MathType window, and Copy the equation into the MathType window
using Paste from the Edit menu.
- Highlight the entire equation in MathType, and choose Copy from the Edit
- Select the Word 6 window, and choose Paste from the Edit menu.
- Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each equation in the document.