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MathType Tips: Moving MathType settings to a new Windows computer

Applies to:

  MathType 6 and later  

Situation:

There are at least two reasons why you might want to move your custom MathType settings (preference files, keyboard shortcuts, custom toolbar) to a new computer:

  1. You're retiring an old computer and you want to use MathType on your new computer.
  2. You have a computer at work and one at home, and you want the same MathType settings on each.

This tip covers these topics:

Preparation:

The first thing to do before moving your custom settings is to make sure you've completely exited MathType on both computers. There's more to this than simply closing the MathType windows on both computers; you also need to exit the MathType Server. The MathType Server doesn't have anything to do with a network server; its purpose is to keep MathType open in the background so it operates faster after you first use it. Note: Another important thing to know about the MathType Server is that if it is running, any customizations to the toolbar or other MathType settings will not be saved until the Server closes.

To find and close the MathType Server, look in the “Notification Area” in the lower right of your screen, near the clock:

MathType server must be closed before moving MathType settings to a new computer.

Click the MathType Server icon, then click Exit.

What if my old computer is a Mac and my new one is Windows?

If you're moving from a Mac to Windows (or maybe you still use your Mac and want to also use MathType on Windows), the first thing to note is that your product key for MathType/Mac will not work for MathType/Windows. You'll need to purchase a new product key, but you will pay the upgrade price, not the new price. After the transaction, you may use both copies of MathType.

If you are moving from a Mac, there is nothing on the Mac that corresponds to the MathType Server on Windows. Follow the instructions above to close the MathType Server on Windows, but on the Mac, when you close the MathType program, there is no other step to perform. Note though, it's still possible to close the MathType window (by clicking the red "stoplight" in the upper left corner of the window), but the program continues to run. To close the MathType program, you must use the Quit command on the MathType menu (shortcut key Command+Q).

The process in the next section for moving the MathType Toolbar will work in this situation. Follow the instructions below for copying your MathType toolbar, then save it at this location on your Mac:

  1. On the Mac, the MathType customizable toolbar is located in your user Library folder. Please note this is a HIDDEN folder, and is NOT the Library folder that you'll find at "Macintosh HD/Library".
  2. To open the hidden Library folder, open a Finder window, and in the menu bar, click the Go menu.
  3. With the Go menu expanded, hold down the alt/option key, and you'll see Library appear, beneath Home.
  4. Keep holding alt/option while you click Library.
  5. Inside Library, click Application Support. Save your toolbar file there.

Move or copy the custom MathType toolbar

The main file to transfer is your customized toolbar. There are 2 copies of the toolbar file, toolbar.eql, on your computer. There is one in the MathType installation directory in Program Files. This is not the custom toolbar, and this is not the one you need to copy to your new computer. This is the default one that's installed when you install MathType, and is used by MathType to restore the factory toolbar if it ever needs to do that. The custom toolbar is in a hidden folder at this location: 
C:\Users\[YourUserName]\AppData\Roaming\Design Science\DSMT6

If you look there and can't find it, you probably don't have File Explorer set to show hidden files & folders. Here's how to change that:

  1. Windows 8 and later: At the top of the File Explorer window, click View and tick the box next to Hidden Items:
    You must set "Hidden Items" to be viewable, even if you are not able to see it.
  2. Windows 7/Vista/XP: In the File Explorer Tools menu, click Folder options. Click the View tab, and about midway down the Advanced settings window, in the Hidden files and folders section, select Show hidden files and folders.
  3. Once you do that, you should be able to see the AppData folder mentioned above, and this is where your custom toolbar will be. Copy it and move it to your new computer at the same location.

Move or copy MathType keyboard shortcuts and other settings

MathType's custom shortcuts, windows settings, and other preferences are saved in a registry setting. Open the Registry Editor by holding down the Windows key (the key that looks like a Windows logo), press and release the R key, then release the Windows key. (This shortcut may vary on non-English keyboards.) Once the Run dialog is open, type regedit and press Enter. Navigate to the path shown here:

MathType's registry settings: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Design Science\DSMT6

When you find this registry key, right-click and choose Export. Give it a file name and note where you save it (Desktop is a good place). Use a thumb drive or other method to move this registry key file to your new computer. Double-click it and answer the prompt that you do want to continue, and you'll fairly immediately receive a confirmation that the registry keys were successfully imported.

Move or copy MathType preference files and other translators

One of MathType's most powerful features is the ability to save and load "preference files", which save your font information and spacing settings. If you have custom preference files and/or custom MathType output translators, copy these 2 folders and install them onto the new computer as well (note that for 32-bit Windows, there will be no (x86) as shown below):

C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Preferences
C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Translators

After you finish copying these files to your new computer, all your MathType settings should be restored. Reboot if you want, but it's not necessary.

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