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Adding an Equation Editor Tool

The Equation Editor allows you to easily define complex equations within a Word document. Many other WordTips have dealt with how to use the Equation Editor and format equations. Normally, you use one of these two methods to start the Equation Editor:

  • Double-click on an existing equation originally created with the Equation Editor.
  • Choose Object from the Insert menu. Word displays the Object dialog box. Choose Microsoft Equation from the list.

If you use a lot of equations in your documents, these methods can quickly become tedious. To make life easier, you can add an Equation Editor tool to any toolbar. To add the tool, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Customize from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Commands tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Commands tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. In the Categories list, choose All Commands.
  5. In the Commands list, choose Insert Equation.
  6. Drag the Insert Equation command to a position on an existing toolbar.
  7. Click on Close.

Now, to invoke the Equation Editor, just click on the new tool. When you do, the Equation Editor springs to life, ready to help you.

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Comments for this tip:

George    24 Mar 2015, 20:27
This does not insert a Microsoft Equation 3.0. Still have to go through three steps to put that on the Word document.
John Mitchell    16 Feb 2015, 18:09
None of this is needed. There is a keyboard shortcut to insert an equation.
It's ALT =. Hold down the ALT key and type = to open the equation editor wherever the cursor is.
Gurumani    06 Dec 2014, 21:24
Certain Summation symbols in Equation 3 is not working. Second in the "Summations". When clicked it appears but when finished, the third design appears. Can you please help?
Chris Mackenzie    04 Dec 2014, 19:36
When using Equation Editor how do I keep in the actual equation and use second and third lines?
jackpol    10 Aug 2014, 16:25
I was able to find "insert equation" but when I dragged it up to the toolbar it disappeared in Word 97
rob    09 Aug 2014, 06:30
Hi thanks, the instructions of how to insert the equation editor are clear. However the button remains disabled. How comes?

Thanks in advance,


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