How to Build Math Equations With MathType

MathType is the leading equation editor that powers STEM education platforms and content editors. MathType gives users access to quality mathematical formulas with an intuitive user experience on any device or platform.

Clicking a symbol will cause it to appear in the editing area at your cursor’s current position (known as an insertion point). To select subformulas, use arrow keys and Home/End.

Type equations in any text editor.

MathType allows you to build equations much like any text editor; the difference lies in its fast rendering times and display in your document. To do this, configure MathType using fonts and size definitions from your document as well as whether or not you wish it to align equations on a line automatically or break them apart into multiple lines.

Under the Page menu, select Preferences. In Equation preferences, enable Use MathType option and you should see MathType icon appear in Insert tab (see image below). To open MathType window click this button then type or handwrite equation.

When creating documents with specific fonts such as Times New Roman, such as MathType equations should match closely the rest of your document in terms of appearance. You can set this default through Pages Preferences Equation’s Define Font dialogue by specifying font and size preferences to ensure equations match seamlessly into the look and feel of your document.

Establish an Extra Math Style from within the Format Equation Styles Extra Math menu and ensure all MathType equations created in your document will have consistent width and alignment, for a professional looking result. This way all equations look uniform.

One final tip is that MathType allows you to add any font on your computer to its toolbar (in the Insert Symbol dialogue – see Adding characters that aren’t in palettes for details) so you have access to a virtually limitless selection of symbols.

If you want to create a fraction that shows both its numerator and denominator on top and bottom, the Fraction Template is ideal. Once loaded, an insertion point will appear within the numerator, ready for typing values into. Font and Size settings allow you to customize how equation numbers appear in your document (in the Format Equation – > Numbers Options menu); here you can also specify whether to display chapter numbers as well as section and enclosure information.

Create equations in a variety of formats.

Once you’ve set the styles, sizes and spacing preferences for your MathType equations, they can easily be applied to any document. Simply open the Format Equation Preferences command (found within Insert Equation group on MathType tab). This dialogue displays both MathType’s current settings for new equations as well as font and size definitions used by Word for its equations.

If your entire document uses the same font and size settings, this will ensure that equations in Word documents closely resemble the look of other text. You can even choose to copy these preferences as a file so any time you create MathType equations it will automatically apply these settings.

Cut and Copy Preferences dialogue allows you to select which translators will be used when cutting or copying an equation. For instance, when publishing documents to the Web, selecting either MathML or TeX will ensure that equations appear properly on browsers or other Web applications.

As an illustration of how this works, let’s consider an example: Imagine creating an equation in Word using MathType using the Define Styles dialogue, setting Times New Roman (12 pt) font size 10 and size as 10 on one computer, then opening this document on another where Times New Roman font is set at 14 points size and the main font as Times New Roman font.

When we select and cut this equation, Word copies it as an HTML img> tag that can be displayed by any Web browser or application. Since we selected MathML or TeX translator, the equation will also be converted to TeX code that will then be shown by browser or application – making this conversion invisible to you, yet making MathType not show exactly like its source equation in Word.

Share equations with others.

MathType can be used with desktop apps, web-based platforms and LMSs alike. Once installed, MathType becomes seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Word as a seamless Add/Insert tab option, enabling equation creation by typing or handwriting directly in Word’s Insert tab – unlike some tools which require LaTeX and an independent process to produce mathematical documents.

MathType editors save equations entered in them as accessible text called MathML, making them accessible for screen readers and voice recognition software to interpret accurately, making the content easier for all abilities – especially those with visual impairments or mobility restrictions. Furthermore, these equations can also be converted to Nemeth Braille using an refreshable braille display connected via USB or Bluetooth for reading out loud.

After creating an equation in MathType editor, it can easily be added into your document or presentation by simply selecting its icon on a toolbar and opening a MathType window containing either handwriting or typing your equation. MathType will then insert this resulted equation with appropriate font and formatting settings into your document where you can further edit as many times as necessary.

As part of editing an equation inserted in a document, keyboard shortcuts can speed up writing and editing mathematical expressions. Furthermore, clicking an inserted equation opens it in MathType for further editing; once satisfied with its accuracy you can publish your document for use by others; MathML files can even be exported and copied for use in TeX or LaTeX editors and documents.

Your equations in your document are saved as MathML images that can be edited using online web editors like WPS or the free MathType add-in for Google Workspace. This means you can share them easily with anyone who requires access, as long as they also possess this software.

Publish equations.

MathType equations in Word are actually vector images (WMF or PICT/PDF vector, rather than bitmap), making them easily embeddable into applications that accept graphics. At this point, MathType equations need to be passed to an external program which converts them into an alternate format suitable for their application – for instance, Adobe InDesign uses this process for creating EPS equation images needed by its applications such as the Saxon XSLT processor or Adobe InDesign. MathType Equationss can also be published to these applications through Microsoft Word using a special template called Publish MathType Equationss from the Format Publish menu in Word. Doing this will create a temporary copy of your document with all OLE equations replaced with their associated MathType EPS images before returning the original document for submission into an applicable workflow process.

MathType allows you to set font, size and spacing preferences for an equation by opening either the Define Style dialogue or Format Equation Preferences menu. Once preferences have been established they will apply automatically whenever any new equations are created by MathType until altered or deleted.

Assuming you have selected “Font: Times New Roman – Simple” as your default setting, equations created will always use this font at 12 point size. Furthermore, you can specify specific fonts and character styles for particular symbols or characters; for example ‘exp’ represents exponential symbol and should be assigned Function style; letters u,x and y represent variables so should use Variable style; numbers should use Number style while there are special fonts and character styles designed specifically to use fraction symbols like +, -, *,/| used for fraction calculations.

MathType makes creating quality equations easy. Use MathML on websites or insert them directly into Microsoft Office software, Quark/InDesign documents, LaTeX/TeX source codes or even MATLAB code; for accessibility MathType even generates accessible XML documents that support screen readers and braille displays.

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