MathType – A Powerful Equation Editor


MathType is an interactive equation editor compatible with word processors, desktop publishing programs and web pages. Additionally, MathType produces perfectly formatted math documents using TeX/LaTeX/MathML formats.

Handwriting recognition on Windows 7 or later makes entering equations by hand just as effortless, while keyboard shortcuts help speed typing and formatting processes even faster.


MathType is a software application that allows users to quickly write mathematical equations and formulas in an easily legible form. Available on Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and Android devices and used by anyone needing complex mathematical notation such as scientists, engineers, students teachers or professionals in STEM related fields, MathType is an indispensable resource.

Integration with word processors, presentations, page layout programs and HTML authoring tools enables equation editing within these applications, including typing equations into them directly and formatting them as required. Also supported are many markup languages (TeX/LaTeX) as well as file formats including PNG/EPS/SVG files. Finally it offers the Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) feature which works with Microsoft applications like Word/Outlook as well as Learning Management Systems such as Moodle/Canvas/Schoology for embedding.

MathType goes far beyond traditional mathematical notation to support various symbols and expressions from programming languages, including recognition of functions as you type them – automatically changing font style when certain words such as sin, cos, and lim are detected. Furthermore, its customisable symbols allow you to quickly add your own or modify existing ones with ease.

MathType offers a range of display and formatting options to meet any educational need, such as the ability to resize font sizes or use unique ones for each equation. Furthermore, colors can be used to highlight parts of an equation or focus an audience’s attention – great features for creating attractive slide presentations as well as helping your students understand different elements within an equation.

MathType equations can easily be copied and pasted into other applications or websites, while you can convert them to GIF or MathML formats for publishing to web pages with screen reading software such as VoiceOver. This feature makes MathType an invaluable addition.

MathType also features a handwriting mode which lets you enter equations using your stylus. Switch between this and classic input modes at any time; additionally, virtually every command can be assigned keyboard shortcuts so advanced users can manage MathType without taking their hands off of their keyboards.

Languages supported

MathType supports multiple languages, enabling users to enter equations using either keyboard or mouse in a WYSIWYG environment – unlike document markup languages like LaTeX where equations must be entered as markup and later processed into typeset documents in separate steps. MathType was specifically created for use within desktop and web applications like word processors, spreadsheets, presentations, web pages and HTML documents directly.

MathType also supports MathML, an international standard language for representing mathematical notation. Additionally, the software can convert LaTeX or MathML documents to an EPS, GIF or WMF file suitable for printing or online use; users can even copy an expression from one website and paste it back into MathType before copying back onto its source website.

MathType features an elegant yet user-friendly interface, featuring four rows of buttons displaying frequently used symbols and tabs categorized by equation type (algebra, derivations, statistics, matrices and sets). Users can create entire equations directly in MathType’s editing panel while taking advantage of templates available for specific situations.

Users can quickly locate their symbols of choice using MathType’s Insert Symbol Dialog or search their Unicode descriptions; this feature is especially helpful if they don’t know the name of an image symbol. Furthermore, MathType recognizes handwritten equations so users can compose maths equations by hand before it converts them to digital form automatically.

Formatting options are plentiful, making it simple to adjust spacing, font sizes and styles. In addition, frequently-used symbols and expressions can be saved into a toolbar for quick access by click or keystroke. Furthermore, equations can be converted to markup languages for use by other programs while saving as EPS or GIF files; import equations from other MathType documents; even convert LaTeX/MathML equations for use within Word documents!

Document formats supported

MathType makes it easy and efficient to create and insert equations in many documents, including Microsoft Word, Apple Pages (including Numbers), QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign and most Web publishing applications that support the OLE specification. You can even copy and paste equations created with MathType into virtually any program that supports clipboard or drag-and-drop.

MathType makes equation viewing easy by offering both visual and handwriting interfaces – you can write equations either using the keyboard or mouse in this interface. Furthermore, MathType seamlessly transitions between them as needed allowing for effortless switching between them when needed.

MathType can also save the equation as an image file in one of several formats such as EPS, GIF or WMF that can then be imported directly into your document.

EPS files can also include TIFF preview images that may come in handy if importing an equation into software that does not produce its own preview, or only produces low-resolution versions of it. You can save your equation as either a PostScript file (used by most commercial desktop publishing applications) or PDF.

MathType allows you to import and export equations defined using MathML, LaTeX or TeX, which are published standards defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) used in publishing standards like HTML5, EPUB3, DAISY and NLM/JATS. Import these using the new MathML Clipboard Format supported by many applications or plain text like that produced by TeX/LaTeX editors.

When working with authors who do not use MathType, save equations as EPS or PDF files before sending them over for editing. MathType will generate file names which include both an identifiable pattern and number that help locate files more quickly when working with many files at once – you may turn this feature off if desired.


At first glance, MathType may seem intimidating for beginners. There are dozens of buttons that open hundreds of inserts; however, its interface is very user-friendly and learning it should be simple; furthermore there is even a built-in tutorial available to guide you through your journey. Furthermore, existing equations or scripts can easily be imported into MathType, making this an invaluable resource for both students and professionals who require editing complex mathematical notation.

MathType is a web-based software application that enables users to insert mathematical and chemical equations into documents, emails and applications with ease. Compatible with any browser and supporting handwriting as an input method, this program enables equations written in any language to be imported directly into HTML websites, AutoCad files, PDF documents and Word documents for use.

To use the MathType equation editor, you’ll require both a Jama Connect account and valid license for it. Your system administrator can then add MathType as a rich text editor plugin by going into the Admin Console and selecting WIRIS Connection Settings; also note that its hostname must be accessible from both Jama Connect application server as well as browser users using either HTTPS or HTTP protocol.

Once your math equations are entered in the MathType editor, they can be saved as images or copied and pasted directly into documents for saving or copying. Furthermore, this editor supports various fonts and symbols which can be displayed using various colors for easy viewing.

MathType equation editor is available as an extension to Google Workspace and Microsoft Office on both PCs and Macs, and compatible with various Learning Management Systems and web editors such as Moodle. Furthermore, its handwritten formula conversion feature can even convert handwritten formulas directly onto touch screens for conversion to computerized formulae, while fully supporting accessibility options for people who are visually impaired or blind.

MathType pricing options fall into two categories: Perpetual License or Annual Subscription. A Perpetual License allows for a one-off purchase that remains active as long as your subscription remains active, while Annual Subscription Licenses provide free upgrades depending on how many faculty are paid up at your college or university.

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