equations in Microsoft Office

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  1. wesrk macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
    Hello, I am using Office on my MBP. I want to know if there's a program or add on out there for the mac office to write equations, symbols, etc., into a every day document.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    Equation editor

    In Applications-->Microsoft Office-->Office, you'll find the good old MS Equation Editor. Use it to write you equation and then copy and paste it into Word etc.
  3. cristo macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
    I wouldn't call equation editor "good" :eek:

    I'd recommend that anyone writing a document with more than a tiny bit of maths uses LaTeX, since it's just so much easier. At least, use LaTeX-it to create the equations and copy into the word document.
  4. Mr.MathType macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    MathType 6 for Office 2008

    We recently released MathType 6 for Macintosh, which is Leopard & Office 2008 compatible. www.dessci.com/mathtype

    Bob Mathews
    Design Science
  5. wesrk thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
  6. drrocket macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    MathType 6 Word 2004 problem

    Frequently I write fairly complex equations using MathType 5.1.1 and Word 2004 on OS 10.4.11. On 9/10 I upgraded to MathType 6 and had to uninstall it. It has the effect of disabling the Word command BrowseNext. I tried to use the installer to uninstall, and it hung up. So I used stuffit to stuff the MathType 6 folder and then did a re-install of 5.1.1 and the problem is fixed.

    On 9/11 I sent an e-mail to Design Science Support, and they have yet to answer after 12 days.
  7. RGonzalez macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2008
    Please resend us the email to this address and I will make sure we address your issue: support@dessci.com
  8. jw2002 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    Sorry for reviving this old thread, but I had a compatibility question. I have been using MathType v5.1 in Office 2004 for OS X, and every time I give a word file to someone on a PC, they complain that the equations have the wrong symbols in places such as where an arrow goes above a letter to indicate a vector. Their work around is to manually double click on each equation in their version of Word and then close the equation editor window. So the fix is simple enough, though tedious. Is there a more automatic way for them to perform this conversion? Or better yet, is there something that can be done by me on the Mac side to prevent this issue from arising in the first place?

    And am I correct to assume that upgrading to MathType 6 will not resolve this because it would force the PC user to upgrade to MathType 6 as well? Thanks.
  9. Mr.MathType macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    You are correct that upgrading to MathType 6 won't resolve the issue, but the PC user would not have to upgrade to MathType 6 either. The reason for the problem is that MathType for Macintosh produces PICT graphics and MathType for Windows produces WMF graphics. Since these graphic formats aren't compatible with each other, they must be converted. Fortunately, there is a much easier way to do it than what your colleague is doing.

    In Word for Windows, with MathType installed, there will either be a MathType toolbar and menu like you have in Word 2004, or if it's Word 2007 on Windows, there'll be a MathType tab on the Ribbon. The command "Convert Equations" is on the menu in earlier versions of Word, and on the Ribbon in Word 2007. This command will allow the recipient of your document to "convert" MathType equations to MathType equations. That may sound redundant and unnecessary, but this is the step that will convert the Macintosh graphic format into Windows format, and will convert the whole document at once. (You may also notice a Format Equations command. With this command, you can change the font & size of all the equations in your document. This command will also convert PICT to WMF, so if you're going to do Format Equations anyway, you don't need to do Convert Equations.)

    BTW, this is also what you'll have to do when your colleague sends you a document created on Windows. We recommend you don't upgrade to Office 2008 though, because this command is not available in Word 2008.

    Bob Mathews
    Design Science
  10. thamby macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2010
    MathType 6 and Word 2008

    I cannot get this to work. can you please help?
    I am getting the message Word cannot edit the Equation.DSMT4
  11. Ardoptres macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
  12. Mr.MathType macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    That's a MathType equation. In order to edit it, you must have MathType installed. (If it were an Equation Editor equation, the Status Bar message would read "Double-click to Open Microsoft equation" if you single-click the equation.)

    Judging by your subject line "MathType 6 and Word 2008", I'm assuming that's your configuration (Word 2008 + MathType 6). Since MathType 6 should have no trouble editing DSMT4 equations (which were probably created on a Windows computer), it may not be registered in the OLE registry. Try this:

    -Quit MathType and all Office applications.
    -Open the Finder and navigate to: Users/~userfolder~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office 2008.
    -Trash the file: OLE Registration Database - 2008.
    -Launch MathType with the Options key pressed from the Applications folder.
    -In the Command Window, type “-regserver” (without the quotes) and hit enter.
    -Run the script: /Applications/MathType/Office Support/AddInsertEqnToPPT2008
    -Run the script: /Applications/MathType/Office Support/AddInsertEqnToWord2008
  13. JPGConnolly macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010
    A bit late, this, but I happened on this thread while trying to remove MathType 6 on OS X:

    There's a simple solution:

    - Remove ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft
    - Restart Office

    No reinstall needed - and MathType is gone.
    Keep a copy of the folder just in case something untoward happens - but everything re-generated fine, both with office X, and office 2008.

    Such a simple thing, and yet I was running Equation editor in parallel, and cutting/pasting into word for a few months.
    All that, because some people won't accept LaTeX.

    The impact of microsoft on global productivity should make them proud. Just think of the extra hours worked, and hence, the job creation !

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