MathType User Manual
MathType Setup installs
the PostScript version of
its fonts in the
folder of the MathType
folder. If you have
Adobe Type Manager
(ATM) you can use it to
make the PostScript
Please register your
copy of MathType, so
that we can inform you
products and upgrades.
Once you have started MathType Setup, just follow the instructions presented to
you. Setup will install the following components:
• The MathType application.
• All of its fonts, in TrueType and PostScript formats.
• Support for Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002 and later.
• Support for Microsoft PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 and later.
• A “MathType 5” submenu will be added to the Programs submenu of the
Windows Start menu.
What to do Next
Now that you’ve installed MathType, you’re probably ready to start creating
equations. But, if you have a few minutes, you might want to look over the rest
of this chapter, especially if you are upgrading from Equation Editor or an earlier
version of MathType.
Once you have finished with this chapter, you have two choices as to what to do
next. If you want to understand the basic ideas behind MathType, read
Chapter 3. The various elements shown in the MathType window are all
described there. On the other hand, if you’re an experienced Windows user, and
you’re feeling impatient and impetuous, you can turn to Chapter 4 and start
working through the quick and easy tutorials. MathType is very simple and
intuitive, and adheres closely to Windows user interface standards, so you will
probably get the hang of it fairly quickly. In the unlikely event that something
seems a little strange or confusing, you can always go back and read Chapter 3
or consult MathType’s online help.
Notes for Users of Earlier Versions of MathType
MathType 5 effectively replaces earlier versions of MathType as the application
used for editing equations. MathType 5 and MathType 4 cannot coexist on a
computer, and MathType 5’s Setup will remove MathType 4. However,
MathType 5’s setup program does not delete older versions (e.g. 3.x) of
MathType unless you install it into the same folder on your disk. MathType 5
older versions. If you want to change this behavior or fine-tune it, see the
“Equation Conversion Manager” section later in this chapter.
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Notes for Microsoft Equation Editor Users
MathType with Word
The “Using MathType
with Microsoft Word”
section in Chapter 5
contains more useful
information for Equation
Editor users. It
commands and toolbars
MathType adds to Word
that automate equation
insertion, updating, and
numbering in Word
Once MathType is installed, it effectively replaces Equation Editor as the
application used for editing equations. However, MathType’s installation
program does not delete the Equation Editor application, but simply registers
(and earlier versions of MathType). If you want to change this behavior or fine-
tune it, see the “Equation Conversion Manager” section below.
Equation Conversion Manager
Over the years, Design Science has produced several versions of MathType and
has licensed several versions of Equation Editor to many other software
companies, including Microsoft. You may already have one or more of these
installed on your computer now. Every equation is marked with the version of
MathType or Equation Editor that was used to create it. You can see this
information when, for example, you select an equation in a Microsoft Word
document. Word’s status bar near the bottom of the screen will show something
like, “Double-click to Edit MathType 5 Equation”.
MathType Setup automatically registers MathType 5 as the editor for equations
created by all earlier versions of MathType and Equation Editor. This has two
• When you double-click on an existing equation, MathType 5 will be used to
edit it and the equation will automatically be converted to a MathType 5
• Other versions of MathType and Equation Editor will no longer appear in the
list of insertable objects in your word processor’s Insert Object dialog.
This is usually what you want to happen, as MathType 5 is more powerful than
those other equation editors. However, if this is not what you want to happen,
you can use MathType’s Equation Conversion Manager to modify this behavior.
You must exit MathType before running the manager. The Equation Conversion
Manager command is in the MathType 5 submenu, which is located in the
Programs submenu in Windows’ Start menu.
The manager is quite simple to use — if you are not sure what to do, click on the
dialog’s Help button for more details.
Chapter 3: Basic Concepts
This chapter outlines the basic concepts used in MathType. If you are an
experienced Windows user, you will be familiar with some of them already,
since they are common to many Windows applications. On the other hand, the
little about them.
The basic purpose of MathType is to allow you to create and edit mathematical
equations. In this manual, we use the term “equation” to refer to any
combination of mathematical symbols. The approach to equation creation is very
intuitive and visually oriented. For each basic mathematical construct, like a
fraction or an integral, MathType provides a template containing various
symbols and empty slots. You build equations simply by inserting templates and
then filling in their slots. Chapter 4 explains the techniques in detail.
You will generally be placing MathType equations into a document you’re
creating with a word processor (or a page layout application, or a similar
program). You’ll want to run MathType and your word processor
simultaneously, and transfer equations into and out of your document. Chapter 5
explains several ways to do this.
You can start MathType by clicking on the Start button, choosing Programs,
selecting the MathType 5 menu, and then choosing MathType. An empty
MathType window will appear.
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The MathType Window
The picture below shows MathType with all parts of its toolbar visible:
Small tabbed bar
Large tabbed bar
Within the equation area itself, there are four items of interest:
A slot containing no text is displayed with a dotted outline.
A blinking marker consisting of a horizontal line and a vertical line that indicates
where text or templates will be inserted next.
The part of the equation that will be affected by any subsequent editing
commands is highlighted.
The Status Bar contains four areas that tell you your current settings for Style,
Size, Zoom, and Color. You can change these settings using menu commands or
simply right-click on an area to show a menu for that setting. While moving the
mouse in the toolbar or in the menus, the four Status Bar entries are temporarily
replaced by a message that describes the item the mouse pointer is over. At other
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times, the message tells you what operation MathType has just performed or
what it is expecting you to do next.
The MathType toolbar contains five separate areas: the Symbol and Template
Palettes, the Small Bar, and the Large and Small Tabbed Bars.
Docking and Floating the MathType Toolbar
The MathType window picture on the previous page shows the toolbar in the
docked position. You can also dock the toolbar at the bottom of the MathType
toolbar, use the mouse to grab the Handle at the left end, and to drag it wherever
positions by double-clicking on its handle, any unused part of the toolbar, or its
title bar when it’s floating. You can also hide or show the toolbar using the
Toolbar command on the View menu.
If you press or click on one of these buttons, a palette containing various symbols
will appear. If you choose one of the symbols, it will be added to your equation
at the insertion point.
If you press or click on one of these buttons, a palette containing various
templates will appear. If you choose one of the templates, it will be added to
your equation at the insertion point or, if something is selected, it will “wrap”
The Tabs allow you to
organize your symbols,
templates into named
collections. Tutorial 5 in
Chapter 4 shows you
how to rename Tabs.
The Small Bar and the Large and Small Tabbed Bars are containers in which you
can store frequently used symbols, templates, and expressions (whole equations
or parts of equations).
Adjusting Toolbar Size and Content
You will probably not need all of the items described above, so we provide
commands on the View menu for showing them or hiding them as you wish. For
example, if you have a small screen, you might want to keep some of the bars
hidden while you are typing. You can then use one of MathType’s keyboard
shortcuts to show the bar you need, and then use the shortcut again to hide the
bar when you’re done. See Tutorial 5 in Chapter 4 for more advice on using the
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Changing the Size of the Toolbar Buttons
change their size using the Workspace Preferences command on the Preferences
menu. The picture of the MathType window shown previously displays the
small button size. Here are the three available sizes of buttons for comparison:
The MathType window also contains other elements, which we have not labeled
since they are common to most Windows applications. Refer to your Windows
manual or online Help if any of these items are unfamiliar.
Keyboard Notation in this Manual
Your computer’s keyboard has a number of special keys that we will be referring
to frequently in this manual. We will write the names of these keys (and
combinations of these keys) in small capitals: C
, and so on.
Your carriage return key might be labeled “Enter” or “Return”, and it probably
has a ↵ symbol printed on it. We will refer to this key as the E
key in this
You will also have a set of four arrow keys: the L
, and D
keys (←, →, ↑, ↓). These keys are grouped together
on most keyboards, and you should have no trouble identifying them as the
“arrow” keys, although your T
keys may also
have arrows printed on them.
Entering Text from the Keyboard
When the MathType window first appears on the screen, a single empty slot is
displayed as a small dotted box containing the blinking insertion point.
Whenever the insertion point is displayed, MathType is ready to accept text.
Typing will cause the corresponding characters to be inserted into the slot
containing the insertion point. Pressing the B
key will erase the
character or symbol to the left of the insertion point. Pressing the D
erases the character or symbol to the right of the insertion point. When items are
selected in the equation, either the D
key or the B
key can be used
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