MathType Tip: Changing font size
||MathType 4 and later (Windows)
MathType 5 and later (Macintosh)
Note that although this tip scenario
mentions Microsoft Office apps, this tip applies to any application you
use MathType with.
You're using Microsoft Word to prepare a class
handout for tomorrow's lesson. You want to work on your PowerPoint lesson slides as you go.
You're using MathType with both Word and PowerPoint, and you want your equations
to match the size of the text in your handout and on the slides. You're using
the MathType default fonts and sizes, which work fine in Word. In
PowerPoint, the font doesn't match your text and you have to click each equation
and drag the corner to change the size—and even then it doesn't match exactly.
You realize there's got to be a better way! Indeed there is...
- With MathType open, click on the Size menu, then choose Define.
- Change the Full size to whatever matches your text in PowerPoint.
For most templates and themes, the PowerPoint default is 32pt.
- Notice the other sizes are specified as a percentage of the Full size. If
you need to make some adjustments, like if you want your superscripts to be
a little larger, make that change now. Once you set these items, you'll
probably not need to change them again. Click OK.
Hint: A good way to know what relative sizes work for you
and your audience is to create an expression in the MathType workspace.
Click on the title bar of the Define Sizes dialog, and drag it out of
the way so you can see the full expression. Change one of the values and
click Apply. Notice the effect on your sample expression. If you need
to adjust the value you just set, or if you need to change something else,
make as many changes as you need. If you want, you can click Apply
after each change to notice its effect, but clicking Apply is never
required. If you want to click OK without first clicking Apply,
it won't hurt anything.
- So what's the problem with dragging a corner of an equation to re-size
it? Actually, in most cases it won't cause any problem with the
equation itself. One aesthetic problem though, is the fact that if you size
your equations this way, no two equations will have exactly the same text
size. After all, the reason you're using MathType in the first place is to
make your documents and presentations look perfect, not in order to
make them look good enough! Back to the statement that "in most
cases" dragging an equation to re-size it won't cause a problem. We have seen more than one
case where a customer was preparing a PowerPoint slide, dragging the
equations to re-size, and noticed later (usually when presenting the lesson
to the class!) that one of the equations was reversed:
In each of the cases we've seen, dragging the equation to re-size it is
what caused the equation to "flip", so we always recommend sizing them with
the Define Sizes dialog.
That's really all there is to it! There is one more thing you can do to
streamline this process and save even more time, but that's a subject for
another tip. If you have a tip that you'd like to pass along to us for possible inclusion
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