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TechNote #2: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

Using MathType 3.x with WordPerfect for Windows 5.2

The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.x (Win)

WordPerfect 5.2 (Win)

With the release of WordPerfect 5.2 for Windows, the link between MathType and WordPerfect has been strengthened. WordPerfect 5.2 supports Object Linking and Embedding (OLE); this feature allows the immediate editing of MathType equations from within WordPerfect.

Within the MathType manual there is a whole section dedicated to the use of MathType with WordPerfect for Windows and DOS. The problem with small equations requiring a minimum width of 1-inch in WordPerfect 5.1 has been corrected in WordPerfect 5.2. It is no longer necessary to use the "Minimum picture width" from MathType’s Clipboard Format menu. All other information in the manual regarding WordPerfect 5.1 is still accurate when using WordPerfect 5.2.

Adjusting equation dimensions in WordPerfect

When pasting equations into WordPerfect, WordPerfect will display the equation smaller than its actual size. The way to correct this problem is as follows:

  1. Copy the equation from MathType to the clipboard. Write down or remember the height and width size from MathType’s status bar.
  2. Click once on the equation with the left mouse button, then click once with the right button and choose “Box Position...”.
  3. From the “Box Position and Size” menu.
  4. Enter the height and width that you got from MathType’s status bar.
  5. Click “OK”.

This will re-size the equation to the correct size.

After you finish editing an OLE equation where you have changed either the height or the width, you’ll need to reset the actual size of the equation again in WordPerfect. To get the new equation size, use the File Update from MathType before closing the OLE equation. Setting the height and selecting Auto width for an updated OLE equation will not size the equation correctly.

More about working with WordPerfect for Windows

More information on working with WordPerfect and MathType is in the manual from pages 5-37 to 5-47. Some particular topics are:

  • In-Line Equations, MathType and WordPerfect, 5-39
  • How To Paste a MathType Equation Into WordPerfect as a Windows Graphic, 5-40
  • Preparing WordPerfect For Pasting MathType Equations, 5-40
  • How To Paste a MathType Equation Into WordPerfect as a Windows Graphic, 5-40
  • How To Paste a MathType Equation Into WordPerfect as a WP Equation, 5-41
  • Features & Limitations of WordPerfect Equation Conversion, 5-47

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