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Maths handwriting recognition:

MathType works with 800+ applications and websites:

MathType with Microsoft Word:

MathType with Microsoft PowerPoint:

MathType for people that work with TeX/LaTeX:

More features:

Maths handwriting recognition


MathType works with many applications and websites

  • Maths Everywhere and Anywhere: Up until now, MathType has been thought of mostly as a tool that works with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. But it has always been much more than that. MathType currently works with 800+ of the most popular applications and websites used by education, web authoring, engineering, and computational systems.
  • MathType Application and Website Compatibility Database (see Works With ...): We have built an online database of over 1,000 applications and websites, 800+ of which MathType already works with. MathType includes help pages for many describing the best way to work with them. If your favourite application or website is not in the list, MathType probably still works with it using one of the general techniques and mechanisms listed below.
  • Insert Object (OLE): Many applications have an Insert Object command that allows MathType equations to be inserted into their documents just as in Microsoft Word and other Office applications. This is also called OLE (Object Linking and Embedding).
  • Cut, copy, and paste: Any application that lets you paste an image from the clipboard will work with MathType, allowing you to insert equations into literally thousands of document types.
  • Paste a table from a spreadsheet, document, or web page into MathType as a matrix: MathType lets you copy a table from a spreadsheet (e.g. Excel), document (e.g. Word), or web page, and paste it into MathType as a matrix.
  • Drag and drop: Just like cut and paste, drag and drop can be used to put equations in many kinds of documents.
  • Equation image files: MathType can save equations as image files in these formats: EPS, GIF, or WMF. Many applications allow you to import these into their documents.
  • MathML, TeX, LaTeX import and export: Now you can import and export mathematics defined using MathML or TeX to/from the many applications that work with those formats. MathML code can be either in the new MathML Clipboard Format that is supported by a growing number of mathematical and scientific applications or plain text such as from an XML editor, for example. MathML or TeX can be imported via cut and paste or drag and drop.
  • Translators for TeX, MathML, Maple, Mathematica, MATLAB, Gmail, Physics Forum and more: MathType has many built-in translators that adapt it to work with various languages, products, and websites. We are continuing to develop new translators and, using our MathType SDK, you can customise them or create your own.

MathType now works with 800+ applications and websites.


Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia, contains 1000s of pages with mathematical equations you can copy to use in your own work:
Use Wikipedia as a source of equations for your work

MathType with Microsoft Word

  • Supports Microsoft Office 365, 2016, 2013, Office 365, 2010, 2007, 2003, and XP (2002)

    • Office 2016 and Office 365: MathType 6.9 is fully compatible with Office 2016 and Office 365.
    • Office 2013, 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 32- and 64-bit: MathType 6.9 is compatible with both 32- and 64-bit versions of Office.

MathType Ribbon Tab in Word 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007:

  • Insert Equation: The MathType tab on Word's Ribbon makes it easy to insert equations, with or without equation numbers. No need to use the clunky Insert Object dialog.

  • MathType Commands: The MathType tab also gives quick access to commands to renumber equations on the fly, insert equation references, and to convert a Word document to a web page, all while working in Word.

  MathType ribbon tab in Microsoft Word 2007

MathType menu and toolbar in Word 2003, and XP (2002):

  • Insert Equation: MathType installs a toolbar into Word, giving you the ability to insert mathematical notation inline or centered, with or without equation numbers, with just a click. No need to use the clunky Insert Object dialog.

  • MathType toolbar and menu: The toolbar also gives quick access to commands to renumber equations on the fly, insert equation references, to convert a Word document to a web page, all while working in Word.

  MathType toolbar and menu in Microsoft Word

Change the font and style of all equations in a document:

  • Format Equations: MathType adds its own menu in Word that contains useful commands. One of these, Format Equations, lets you change the font and style of all equations in a document.
  Change the font of all equations in a Word doc

Generate good-looking, accessible maths web pages:

  • MathPage: MathType includes our MathPage™ technology that easily converts Microsoft Word documents into web pages, properly handling mathematical symbols as well as MathType and Equation Editor equations.
  • MathML or GIF: MathPage can generate equations as either GIF images or MathML. MathML will allow you to copy and paste math into many applications that understand MathML.
  • Exact Speech command: Overrides the automatically generated speech used by MathPlayer's math-to-speech or braille conversion for a selected expression or symbol. This is important in a number of situations, such as in an assessment situation where the normal speech text from screen readers or other accessible technology (AT) might give away the answer.
  • Maths accessibility: MathML is the key to math accessibility, allowing equations in web pages to be spoken by screen readers that are used by the blind and others.
  Create math-savvy web pages

Edit equations inline or in a separate window:

  • Two editing modes: MathType allows you to edit equations inline like Equation Editor or, if you prefer, in a separate window.
  • Multiple zoom levels: It can be hard to read small subscripts, superscripts and accents (primes and hats) while editing an equation inline in a Word document viewed at normal zoom levels. MathType allows you edit equations at 400%, for example, while working with your document at a normal zoom level.
  Edit equations in a separate window

Typing equations from the keyboard:

  Type equations in TeX directly into Word

Equation numbering:

  • Insert Equation Numbers: Insert chapter, section and equation numbers on either the right or left-hand side of your equations. If you later insert new equations into the middle of your document, the entire document is automatically renumbered.
  • Format Equation Numbers: Customize equation numbering formats by choosing Roman or Arabic numerals, upper and lower case letters, and any type of enclosure and separator for styles applied to chapter, section and equation numbers.
  Number equations in Word docs

Browse all equations and equation numbers in a document:

  • Extends Word's Browse Feature: Use MathType's equation browser to review all equations in your document or check all equation numbers and references for consistency. Buttons allow you to move forward or backward in the document one equation or number at a time.
  Browse all equations in a Word doc

Export all equations in a document to TeX/LaTeX, MathML, EPS, or GIF:

  • Export Equations: Automatically export all equations in a document as image files in these formats: EPS, GIF, or WMF.
  • QuarkXPress, InDesign, FrontPage, Dreamweaver: If you are working with page layout or HTML-authoring software, this command will save you time by not having to open and save each equation individually.
  • Convert Equations: Convert all equations in a document to TeX, LaTeX or MathML in preparation for a custom export process.
  More symbols and templates

MathType with Microsoft PowerPoint

  MathType ribbon tab in PowerPoint 2007

Add equations to your PowerPoint slides with just a click

MathType for people that know TeX/LaTeX

TeX is a typesetting language invented in the 70's that's popular with some mathematicians, physicists, and chemists. LaTeX is a popular derivative of TeX. While TeX has a long learning curve, if your hands already "know" TeX syntax, you can leverage that knowledge while still reaping MathType's advantages in easy editing and application/document compatibility.
  • Type equations in TeX directly into Word: You can type TeX directly into your Microsoft Word document. When you are done, type Alt+\ (Toggle TeX) to convert it to a MathType equation. Later, if you want to edit the equation's TeX code, just type Alt+\ again. The Toggle TeX command allows you to switch between TeX and MathType views of the equation.
  • Mix typing TeX with point-and-click editing: You can enter equations quickly using MathType's TeX input mode. TeX editing can be mixed with point-and-click editing so you get the best of both worlds.
  • Paste TeX from existing documents: Many TeX users have existing documents with lots of equations. Just copy them to the clipboard and paste into a MathType equation window to avoid retyping them.
  • Export equations to TeX/LaTeX: MathType comes with translators for several variant's of TeX/LaTeX:
    • Plain TeX (as described in Donald Knuth's The TeX Book)
    • AMS-TeX (Plain TeX with extensions from the American Mathematical Society)
    • LaTeX (version 2.09 and later)
    • AMS-LaTeX (LaTeX with AMS extensions)
  • Customisable translators: Each translator is defined in a text file using a simple scripting language. This allows you to customize any of our translators to suit your own needs, or even create one from scratch.
  Type equations in TeX directly into Word:

Type equations in TeX directly into Word


Mix typing TeX with point-and-click editing:

Mix typing TeX with point-and-click editing

More Features

More maths symbols and fonts:

  • More symbols and templates: MathType has hundreds more symbols and templates than Equation Editor. Beside our exclusive Euclid™ math fonts, you can also make use of the 1000's of maths symbols in fonts already on your computer, as well as maths fonts you can download from the Internet.
  • Insert Symbol Dialog: MathType's Insert Symbol dialog allows you to explore the available symbols and insert them with a click or keystroke.
  • Search for characters based on words in their Unicode description: MathType contains a database of character descriptions and knowledge of what characters are contained in most maths fonts. For example, search for "less" to see the many variations of the < symbol.
  More symbols, templates and fonts

Colour all or part of an equation:

  • Great for slide presentations and teaching: Colouring an equation can make it stand out in a slide show. Use colour to highlight part of an equation to focus your students' attention on it. Show the part that changed in each step of a multi-step procedure.
  • CMYK, RGB, spot colours: MathType also handles CMYK, RGB and spot colour for page layout software, such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.
  Color all or part of an equation

Customisable keyboard shortcuts:

  • Shortcuts for virtually every command: While pull-down menus make MathType easy, keyboard shortcuts make it fast as well, allowing power users to drive MathType without taking their hands off the keyboard.
  • Assign new shortcuts to your favourite symbols or equations: You can assign your own keyboard shortcut to any symbol from any font, or any equation or expression you want to insert quickly from the keyboard.
  Customizable keyboard shortcuts

Save equations as GIF, EPS, WMF and PICT image files:

  • GIF images: MathType creates smooth-looking GIF equations on either colour or transparent backgrounds. Since MathType's image generation is optimized for mathematical notation, equation images created with MathType look much better than those created by other tools.
  • EPS: EPS is often the format of choice for professional publishing with QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, PageMaker and other page layout programs.
  • WMF: WMF is the standard file format for line art for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Automatic file numbering: MathType can automatically number the equation files it saves, making it easy to save a sequence of equation files having similar filenames (e.g. "eqn1", "eqn2", and so on). This is especially handy when working with GIF files or EPS files.

Save equations as GIF, EPS, WMF and PICT image files

Unlimited undo and redo:

  • Unlike Equation Editor, MathType lets you undo your editing one step at a time, all the way back to the way your equation was at the start of the session.

Support for ViewPlus Braille Math:

  • Design Science worked with ViewPlus, Inc. to allow you to prepare Word documents that can be printed on a ViewPlus Tiger Embosser. See ViewPlus' Fast and Easy Braille Math Translation for details. 

Automatically formats as you type:

  • MathType applies the rules of mathematical typesetting as you type. It automatically chooses fonts, style, spacing and position as you enter the equation. You can modify MathType's rules to accommodate your own style, or switch between automatic formatting and plain text modes with a single keystroke. For maximum flexibility and control, MathType gives you the ability to nudge equation elements in 1/4 point increments.
  Automatically formats as you type

Add or delete matrix/table rows and columns:

  • Unlike Equation Editor, MathType allows you to add or delete rows and columns within existing matrices and tables by using the commands on the new Matrix menu.
  Add or delete matrix rows and columns

Save common equations and expressions for reuse with just a click or a keystroke:

  • Saves time: Holds hundreds of your most frequently used symbols, expressions, and equations.
  • Drag and drop expressions: Drag from your equation and drop onto the toolbar.
  • Insert symbols or expressions with just a keystroke: Associate a keyboard shortcut with any symbol, template, or expression so that it can be inserted later using just the keyboard.
  • Named tabs: Organize your toolbar expressions and symbols using named tabs (e.g. “Geometry”, “Science”, etc.). Customize the names as you see fit.
  Dragging an expression to the toolbar

Export to MathML:

  • MathML: MathML is an XML-based language adopted as a Recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium, the main standards body governing the web. If you are interested in learning more about MathML, a good place to start is our Math on the Web section of this site.
  • Customisable translators: Each translator is defined in a text file using a simple scripting language. This allows you to customise any of our translators to suit your own needs, or even create one from scratch.
  Export to TeX/LaTeX and MathML

Customisable function recognition:

  • Automatic function recognition: When you type “sin”, “cos”, “lim”, etc., MathType understands you are typing a function and will automatically change its font  to “function style”.
  • Add your own functions: You can also add your own functions to the list that MathType recognises.
  Automatic function recognition

Three toolbar viewing sizes:

  • You can choose from three different viewing sizes for MathType's toolbars, making it easy to adjust the way you work to both small and large screens, as well as make it easier for those that simply like larger buttons.
  Three toolbar viewing sizes

International character and keyboard support:

  • Asian characters: Supports input of East Asian characters on Windows and Mac OS using standard input methods.
  • Accents: European accented character support.
  • Multiple soft keyboards: When multiple “keyboards” are installed, you can choose to have MathType automatically switch keyboards when you switch styles and vice-versa. (Windows version)
  International keyboard support