| TechNote #128:
Launching MathType from Apple applications using keyboard shortcuts
The information in this document applies to:
- macOS 10.4.9 and later
- iWork '09 (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)
- Apple Pages 5.x, Keynote 6.x, Numbers 3.x
- iBooks Author (requires macOS 10.7 or later)
Some users are accustomed to assigning and using keyboard shortcuts
that are used to open MathType from within applications -- in this case, Pages,
Numbers, Keynote, and iBooks Author. This Technical Support Notice details how to assign a
keyboard shortcut to these applications that will open MathType.
To set up a keyboard shortcut, follow the instructions below:
- From the Apple menu choose System Preferences to open your System
- Click "Keyboard."
- Click "Keyboard shortcuts."
- At the bottom of the window, click the plus (+) sign to add a new
- Leave the "Application" list set to "All Applications".
- Note this does not literally add a shortcut to insert a MathType
equation in "all applications installed on your Mac". The keyboard
shortcut will work in the Apple apps listed above.
- If you'd rather the shortcut only apply to some, but not all, of
these applications, use the drop-down menu to select Pages (or Keynote, Numbers,
or iBooks Author).
- If the application you're looking for doesn't appear in the list,
- Click "Other" at the bottom of the list to bring up the Open dialog
showing the contents of your Applications folder.
- Navigate to the application you want, select it and click Add.
- In the space provided for Menu Title type "MathType Equation".
- In the space provided for Keyboard Shortcut, type your desired
key-combination, such as Command+E.
- Once done, click the Add button.
- Close System Preferences.