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TechNote #128: Last modified: 10/12/2017

Launching MathType from Apple applications using keyboard shortcuts

The information in this document applies to:

  • MathType 6.x (Macintosh)
  • 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:

  1. From the Apple menu choose System Preferences to open your System Preferences application.
  2. Click "Keyboard."
  3. Click "Keyboard shortcuts."
  4. At the bottom of the window, click the plus (+) sign to add a new keyboard shortcut.
  5. 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.
  6. In the space provided for Menu Title type "MathType Equation".
  7. In the space provided for Keyboard Shortcut, type your desired key-combination, such as Command+E.
  8. Once done, click the Add button.
  9. Close System Preferences.

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