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TechNote #30: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

Using MathType 3.x with WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows


The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.x (Win)

WordPerfect 6.1

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 6.1 (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 Edit menu. Then select the “Convert” 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.

If “Convert to WordPerfect (.WPG) Format” is checked, equations will not display or print properly from within WordPerfect.


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.


Placing Equations In-Line with Text

WordPerfect's default setting anchors equations to the page and does not allow them to be placed in-line with text. However, the OLE box can be edited to allow equations to be placed in-line:

  1. Select Custom Box from WordPerfect's Graphics menu.
  2. Select Styles.
  3. From the Box Styles dialog, select "OLE 2.0 Box” and click Edit.
  4. From the Edit Box Style dialog, click Position.
  5. Choose “Treat Box as Character (Character Anchor)”.
  6. For Position Box, choose “Content Baseline”. 

Note: WordPerfect 6.1 does not properly place MathType equations at the Content Baseline. In practice, this setting yields the same results as positioning at the Bottom.

WordPerfect does not allow MathType equations to be placed automatically at their baseline. See Baselining equations to do this manually. Also, WordPerfect will not always place equations at the insertion point. However, equations can be dragged to the desired location after they are inserted.


Baselining Equations

The following instructions will place an in-line equation at the baseline:

  1. Double-click on the equation to bring it back into MathType.
  2. Select Copy from the Edit menu of MathType. 
  3. Write down the baseline number (B=) from MathType’s status bar. 
  4. Close the MathType window to return to WordPerfect.
  5. Place the insertion point immediately before the equation.
  6. Select Typesetting from the Format menu
  7. Select Advanced.
  8. In the Vertical Position section, click Down From Insertion Point. 
  9. Next to Vertical Distance, enter baseline number, followed by “p” (for points, e.g. if B=13, enter 13p).
  10. Click just to the right of the equation and repeat steps 4 and 5, selecting the Up From Insertion Point button instead.

The equation should now be properly baselined.


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 File/Update from 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 accepts equations using all of the file formats except the EPS with WMF format. This format causes an error within WordPerfect which requires the user to restart Windows. With the other formats, 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 in any format except EPS w/ WMF.
  4. From within WordPerfect, select “Image” 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.
  5. Right-click on the equation and select "Size"; set the Width to "Size to content".
  6. Right-click on the equation again and select "Position"; set Box placement to "Character anchor" and Position box to "Content baseline".
  7. Drag the equation to the position in-line where you want it to reside.

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


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