| TechNote #122:
Installing MathType on Macintosh OS X with Multiple User Accounts for Use
with Microsoft Office
The information in this document applies to:
MathType 6.x (Macintosh)
Microsoft Office 2011 (Macintosh)
Microsoft Office 2008 (Macintosh)
When MathType is installed on a Macintosh computer with more
than one user account, MathType will only work with Microsoft Office
applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for the account under which the
installation was performed. Other user accounts will not be able to create or
edit MathType equations from the Microsoft Office applications.
At the time of installation, MathType registers itself as the equation
editing application for Microsoft Office. This registration information is
stored in the installing user's preferences folder, located at:
Since each user's home folder is protected and cannot be accessed by any
other user (including administrative accounts), MathType remains unregistered
for other user accounts on the same computer.
To register MathType as the equation editing application for Microsoft Office,
each user must log in and perform the following steps. This will only need to be
done once for each user account:
- Quit any running applications.
- While holding down the Option key, launch MathType.
- In the resulting window, enter the command, -regserver as shown
below. Click OK.
MathType will register itself and immediately quit.