| TechNote #133.2011:
MathType Toolbar/Menu has disappeared from Microsoft Word 2011
These steps do not apply to Office 2016/365 (i.e., Office 15/16) for
The information in this document applies to:
- Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
This is a continuation of TSN133...
If you have not first read and followed the steps in
that article, please go to TSN133
and go through the process described there.
Solution for Word 2011 for Mac:
If your version of Word is 15.xx or 16.xx, do not proceed! These steps will
- Launch Microsoft Word.
- If the MathType menu is present in Word, but not
the MathType toolbar, click to expand the View
menu. In Toolbars, click to place a checkmark beside
MathType. If that works, you can skip the remaining steps. If
that doesn't work, read on...
- In the resulting window, under Templates and Add-ins,
the following items should be present and have a checkmark next
- MathType Commands.dot
- If the items from step 3 are present and checked, click OK.
If they're present but not checked, click to place a checkmark
in the box, then click OK. The MathType toolbar and menu should now be present
- If the items from step 3 are not present,
that's OK. Please try this:
- Click the Add button. This
will open a window titled Choose a File.
- In the window, navigate to this folder:
Applications:MathType 6:Office Support
- You will see the following items in the
- Select one of them at a time, and click
Open. This will bring it into
the Templates and Add-ins box. You will then need to click
Add one more time to bring in
the other add-in (either MathType Commands.dot or
- Once you have both of them listed under
Templates and Add-ins, the boxes on the left
side should have a checkmark inside, but if they
don't, click to place a checkmark there.
- Click OK.
- This will restore the MathType toolbar &
menu Word. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to
load them in. Let us know if this helps.
If you have meticulously worked through this process and the MathType tab is
still not on the ribbon in Word 2011,
please write and let us know you've gone through the steps
here, and you still don't have a MathType toolbar or menu in
Word. Please let us know what versions of macOS, Word, and MathType you're
using, as well as your MathType product key.