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TechNote #28: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

Using MathType 3.0x with Word 6.0 for Macintosh


The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.0x (Mac)

Microsoft Word 6.0 (Mac)

MathType 3.0 is generally compatible with Word 6.0 for the Macintosh, but:

  1. Word’s OLE registration for Equation Editor causes MathType equations to be converted to Equation Editor objects which, when double-clicked, run Equation Editor rather than MathType. The majority of this document describes how to fix this problem.
  2. Word 6 now uses Microsoft’s OLE 2.0 method of linking to other programs, and their implementation has broken the linking with many OLE 1.0 programs like MathType. The result is that MathType 3.0 users cannot use the Insert/Object command to launch MathType or double-click on equations to edit them.

Note: These problems have been fixed in later versions of MathType. We highly recommend that you order an upgrade.


Microsoft Word 6.0 and Microsoft Equation 2.0

Word 6 comes with version 2.0 of Equation Editor, a new version of the junior version of MathType that we license to Microsoft. Unfortunately, if you install EE2 with Word 6 it will set things up to automatically convert your MathType equation “objects” into EE2 objects. This is undesirable if you want to continue using MathType to create and edit equations.

We recommend you do not install EE2 as part of your Word 6 installation. If you have installed Word 6 already and you are unsure whether you have installed EE2, choose Insert/Object from Word’s menus. If “Microsoft Equation 2.0” shows up, EE2 is installed.

If you did not install EE2:

In this case, MathType 3.0(a) will work just fine except for problem number two at the top of this page. We still recommend you get 3.1 in order to make the Insert/Object command and double-clicking work properly.

If you did install EE2:

If you already installed EE2 as part of your Word 6 installation, you will have to uninstall it. After you do this, however, you must repair the damage done to your documents containing equations that were opened or created with Word 6. Yes, even if you simply opened such a document, all its equations will have been “converted” to EE2 objects, and, therefore will not be directly usable with MathType.


Removing Microsoft Equation 2.0

To remove EE2, you will need to run the Microsoft Word Setup program again. Do not try to remove EE2 by simply erasing it from your disk, as there are components that the Word Setup program needs to edit.

  1. Run the Microsoft Word Setup program from the Word Install Disk 1.
  2. Click on the “Add/Remove” button.
  3. Under the list of installed components, (the right hand column), click on the arrow next to “Accessories” to open up the list of accessories.
  4. Click twice in the box next to “Equation Editor”. (The first click unselects it, the second selects it.) Make sure that only the components you want to uninstall are checked.
  5. Click on the “Continue” button, and let the installer remove the files.

Converting each Microsoft Equation 2.0 equation into a MathType equation

Any Word document that you opened while EE2 was installed will have automatically converted each equation into an EE2 object. Documents that were not opened while EE2 was installed will not have this problem. To convert EE2 equations back into MathType equations:

  1. Start MathType and Word.
  2. Select the equation in Word 6, and choose Copy from the Edit menu.
  3. Select the MathType window, and Copy the equation into the MathType window using Paste from the Edit menu.
  4. Highlight the entire equation in MathType, and choose Copy from the Edit menu.
  5. Select the Word 6 window, and choose Paste from the Edit menu.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each equation in the document.

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