| TechNote #168:
Toggle TeX always uses Times New Roman font
The information in this document applies to:
- MathType 6.5 and later for Windows
- MathType 6.7 for Mac
- Word 2003 through 2016 for Windows
- Word 2011 for Mac
You're using Palatino Linotype font in Word. For small equations you prefer
to type the equations in LaTeX, and use MathType's Toggle TeX command to convert
them into MathType equations. Every equation you create using this method is
formatted in Times New Roman font, 12pt, even though you are not using that font in
your document, your Normal style in Word does not use that font, and MathType's
"new equation" preferences does not use that font.
There are two contributing reasons for this:
- MathType does not have a way to know what font you're using
for the text of your document.
- Toggle TeX uses neither Word's Normal style, nor MathType's
"new equation" preferences, nor a preference file attached to
your Word document (if you have one).
Resolving the issue and setting the font to what you want
Toggle TeX uses fonts and sizes stored in a file on your computer, and always
formats its equations using styles from this file. To change the default styles
for Toggle TeX, follow these steps (steps & screen shots are for Windows;
differences noted for Mac):
- In File Explorer (Mac: Finder), open the Office Support folder:
- 64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files
- 32-bit Windows: C:\Program
Applications > MathType 6 > Office Support
- Open the file named BlankEqn.doc.
Despite the appearance of this file when you open it, it is not empty. It
contains only a single blank equation, and no text. When you open the file,
the insertion point (cursor) should be flashing at the beginning of the
document. Double-click immediately to the right of the flashing cursor and
the blank equation should open in MathType. What you'll see will look just
like you have opened MathType to create a new equation.
- Don't type anything in the equation editing space. In the Style menu,
click Define. Set your fonts to be whatever you want them
to be -- presumably whatever you're using for the text of your Word document
(in this example, Palatino Linotype). If you want to set the size as well,
do so by changing the Full size in Size > Define to
whatever you'd like it to be -- again, presumably to match the size of the
text you're using in Word.
- Close MathType by clicking the X in the upper right corner (Mac: click
the red "stoplight" in the upper left corner). MathType will warn you that
you are saving an empty equation, but this is exactly what you want to
do. Do not delete it.
- Save and close the document. If you're
on a Mac, the file is read-only. Save it with a
different name, such as BlankEqn1.doc. The Office Support folder
should still be open in Finder, from step 1 above. If it's not,
open it again. Delete the original BlankEqn.doc file (or if you
want, rename it BlankEqn.doc.bak, or something other than its
original name). Now rename BlankEqn1.doc (or whatever you named
the file with the empty equation that you saved from Word) so
its name is BlankEqn.doc. If you want to change this one to
read-only (assuming you know how), you can do that, but it's not
That's it! If you want, you can have several Word document files with an
empty equation, each having different settings for fonts & sizes. Name them
whatever you want, but MathType will always use the one named BlankEqn.doc for
its Toggle TeX equations.
We hope this has been helpful. As always, please
let us know if you
have questions about this, or if you have additional techniques that work. We'd love to hear from you.