Setting Spacing for Radicals in the Equation Editor

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 29, 2018)

A radical is often referred to as a "square root symbol," when, in fact, it is used for any types of roots (square, cubed, and so on). The Equation Editor allows you to specify a distance between the top of the radical and the top of any characters under the radical. You do this as follows:

  1. Choose Spacing from the Format menu. The Equation Editor displays the Spacing dialog box.
  2. Click on the Radical Gap box (you will need to scroll down some in the list of spacing settings). The Equation Editor changes the Spacing dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Spacing dialog box.

  4. Enter a gap value in points.
  5. Click on OK.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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