• How do I type a space into an equation? Why does it beep when I hit the spacebar?

    MathType automatically applies spacing as you type according the rules of mathematical typesetting. This involves 6 different space widths, none of which is the width of a normal space. Since people are so used to hitting the spacebar while typing, we disable it when math is being entered. However, MathType also has a Text mode which allows you to type in a plain English phrase or sentence in the middle of an equation. And, of course, the spacebar works in Text mode.

  • What applications are compatible with MathType?

    MathType works with virtually all popular word processors, presentation programs, page layout programs, graphing products and many others — basically any application that supports Insert Object, cut/copy/paste, drag-and-drop, insertion of image files or translations to/from MathML, TeX or LaTeX.

  • What's the difference between MathType and Equation Editor?

    The short answer is that all of the features discussed on this web site are exclusive to MathType or are significantly improved over the same feature in Equation Editor. There have been no significant changes to Equation Editor since we licensed it to Microsoft in 1991. MathType, on the other hand, has been continually upgraded and improved.

  • Which versions of Microsoft Office works with MathType?

    • Office 2013 and Office 365: MathType 6.9 is fully compatible with Office 2013 and Office 365 installed on Windows 7 and 8 computers.

    • Office 2010, 2007, 2003, and XP: MathType 6.9 is fully compatible.

    • Office Web Apps, Office Mobile, and Office RT: MathType equations cannot be edited in these Office versions but equations created in other versions of Office will display and print.

    • Office 64- and 32-bit: MathType 6.9 is compatible with both 64- and 32-bit versions of Office.

  • Will I be able to edit MathType equations with Equation Editor?

    No, but if you download the free, MathType 30-day trial, you will be able to edit all MathType equations. At the end of the trial period, MathType will revert to MathType Lite and you will always be able to view and edit MathType and Equation Editor equations.

  • Will others who don't use MathType be able to read my equations?

    Windows users need to download and install the MathType fonts available free on our web site. Alternatively, both Mac and Windows users can download our free MathType 30-day trial which will install the fonts and work as a better Equation Editor even when the 30 days are up.