| TechNote #138:
MathType commands not available in 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office
The information in this document applies to:
- Microsoft Office 64-bit (Windows)
Microsoft Office comes in both 32 and 64-bit
versions. Unlike the 32-bit version of Office, the MathType tab and its
commands are unavailable in the 64-bit version of Word and PowerPoint.
Microsoft recommends installing 32-bit
Office as the default installation on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows,
and only installing the 64-bit version when absolutely necessary. Therefore,
MathType 6.7 does not install the MathType tab onto the ribbon in Word and PowerPoint
The best solution is to upgrade to the most recent version of
MathType, which brings full
functionality to 64-bit Microsoft Office. To upgrade please visit
If upgrading is not an option:
Although the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office is not officially
supported with MathType 6.7, it still provides limited functionality. Existing equations can
be edited by double-clicking them, and new equations can be inserted via Insert > Object. To make this easier, we suggest creating a button in the Quick Access
Toolbar to open MathType.
This is a simple
two-part process. Step one is recording a macro, and step two is adding your
recorded macro to the Quick Access Toolbar.
- Recording the macro:
- Open Word and click on the View
- In the Macros group, click on the drop-down
arrow beneath Macro and select
- In the resulting dialog name your macro
MathType and choose All Documents
(Normal.dotm), under Store macro in:
- Click OK to begin recording.
- Click the Insert tab in Word's Ribbon.
- In the Text group, click on the drop-down arrow and
- Click on MathType 6.0 Equation and click OK.
- This will open MathType.
- Click anywhere in the Word document to return to the Word
ribbon and then click on the View tab.
- In the Macros group, click on the drop-down arrow
beneath Macro and click Stop Recording.
- The Macro has been recorded.
- Adding your recorded macro to Word's Quick Access Toolbar:
The Quick Access Toolbar located in the upper-left portion of
the Word window, is a customizable toolbar into which you can
place buttons for your frequently used commands and of course,
- Click on the drop-down arrow and select More Commands...
- From the drop-down menu labeled Choose commands from:
- Click once on the macro name Normal.NewMacros.MathType.
- Click the Add >> button.
- Optional: You can click the Modify button to change
the display name and apply an icon of your choice.
- Click OK.
- You now have the macro button for MathType located in the
Quick Access Toolbar. Any time you wish to insert an equation at
the cursor simply click the button in the Quick Access Toolbar
and MathType will open ready for you to begin typing your