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TechNote #3: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

Using MathType 3.0x with WordPerfect for Windows 5.1

The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.0x (Win)

WordPerfect 5.1 (Win)

With the release of WordPerfect for Windows 5.1, WordPerfect has fixed their clipboard routines to be compatible with the standard Windows Metafile Format (WMF). As a result, users can now paste MathType equations into WordPerfect.

There are still some problems, however, with the way WordPerfect 5.1 handles graphics. The instructions below contain workarounds for these problems. If you do not like the current way to paste graphics into WordPerfect, please call WordPerfect and let them know. Design Science is currently working on an update to MathType, and although the problems are with WordPerfect, we will address these remaining problems as best we can. Please send us your registration card so we can inform you when the update is shipping.

Note to PostScript printer users: Please note that you cannot use the WordPerfect PostScript printer driver to print the equations. You must use the Windows PostScript printer driver to correctly print your equations.

Preparing WordPerfect For pasting MathType equations

In order for equations to be pasted correctly, the proper graphics format must be set. Since MathType equations are pasted in as Windows Metafiles (WMF), the following preference must be set:

  1. Go to the File menu, choose Preferences.
  2. Choose Graphics Import. The Convert Windows Picture dialog box will be displayed.
  3. Choose "Save Picture in Windows Format (WMF)", and then click on the OK button.

Once pasted, MathType equations should be treated by the user as Figures, and NOT as Equations. For example, use 'Figures' under the 'Graphics' menu, not 'Equations'. When an equation is pasted into WordPerfect, the figure is treated just like any other graphical figure. WordPerfect's default for figures is to place a border around each item. Therefore, each time an equation is pasted into WordPerfect, it will have a border. To change the default setting so WordPerfect will not place a border around the equation, do the following:

  1. Go to the 'File' menu, choose 'Preferences', then choose 'Initial Codes...'. A new window will display.
  2. Go to the 'Graphics' menu, choose 'Figure', then choose 'Options...'.
  3. The 'Figure Options' dialog box displays.
  4. Set all 'Border Styles' to 'None'.
  5. Click on 'OK' button, then click on 'Close' button.

You must now create a new document for the options to take effect. Once the previous steps have been completed, the changes will affect all new windows. The new preferences will continue to be effective each time you reload WordPerfect. You are now ready to copy and paste equations from MathType into WordPerfect.

WordPerfect's minimum width problem for Graphics

Unfortunately, WordPerfect places the minimum width for graphics as 1". This leads to problems when pasting graphics which have a width of less than 1". If an equation is less than 1" wide and 'Border Spacing' for graphics is set to 0" (WordPerfect defaults), the equation will be pasted to fit a 1" wide box, causing the graphic to paste too large. One way around this problem is to manually set the border width and height for each equation; a second solution is to preset widths for graphics at a setting of 1". Unfortunately, this will cause the graphics box to always extend 1" longer than the end of the equation. The picture below illustrates what happens when pasting the same equation 'x+x” from MathType into WordPerfect using 'Border Spacing' equal to 0" and 'Border Spacing' equal to 1".

How to paste a MathType equation into WordPerfect

If you want to manually change the border width and height for equations that are less than 1", please follow these instructions:

  1. Copy an equation from MathType to the clipboard.
  2. Write down the numbers for Height and Width in the lower left corner of the MathType window.
  3. Switch to the WordPerfect window.
  4. Go to the 'Edit' menu and choose 'Paste' to place the equation into WordPerfect. The equation is pasted on the right side of the current working window. If the equation is less than 1" it will be pasted too large.
  5. Click once on the equation with the left mouse button, then click once with the right button.
  6. Choose Box Position. A new dialog box will display. 
  7. Set the Size option to "Set Both".
  8. Now enter in the numbers for Width and Height from MathType's window. Please note that in WordPerfect, Width comes before Height. The values are displayed in the reverse order in MathType.
  9. Click on the OK button.

The equation is now in WordPerfect at the correct size.

If you want the equation to always paste at the correct size, please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Graphics menu, choose Figure and then choose Options. The Figure Options box will display.
  2. Change Inside/Right to be 1". Make sure all other Border Spacing values are set to 0". 
  3. Close the dialog box. This change will take effect for all the following equations you create during this current session with WordPerfect.
  4. Copy an equation from MathType to the clipboard.
  5. Switch to the WordPerfect window.
  6. Choose Paste from the Edit menu to place the equation into WordPerfect.
  7. If you like this method of pasting better, it is best if you set the Initial Codes for 'Inside/Right' to 1". This will make WordPerfect remember the setting even when you quit WordPerfect.

How to move the MathType equation

At this point, there is a MathType equation in your window, but it is off to the right. You can now move the equation to a desired location on the screen. There are two ways of doing this:

  1. The equation will not move until you manually move it again with the mouse.
  1. Anchor the equation to its own paragraph.
  1. Click once on the equation with the right mouse button.
  2. Choose 'Box Position'. A dialog box will display.
  3. Under 'Anchor To' choose 'Paragraph'.
  4. Click on the 'OK' button.
  5. You can now move the equation to the desired location on the screen. By anchoring the equation to a paragraph, the equation is treated as its own paragraph. Each press of the 'ENTER' key will move the equation down one line.

Note: WordPerfect does not allow graphics to be placed in-line with the text. The equation will appear either higher or lower than the line of text. Therefore, it is best if equations are not on the same line as text.

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