Setting Limit Height in the Equation Editor

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 13, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


When using the Equation Editor, you can input summation and other types of equations that use limits. These appear as characters above the main body of the equation. You can control the spacing the Equation Editor uses between the top of the equation body and the baseline of the limit line. The value you specify represents a percentage of the normal spacing that would otherwise be used. Thus, a setting of 25% represents a spacing that is only 1/4 of normal. You can set this adjustment by following these steps:

  1. Choose Spacing from the Format menu. The Equation Editor displays the Spacing dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Spacing dialog box.

  3. Click on the Limit height box. The Equation Editor changes the Spacing dialog box.
  4. Enter a limit height spacing that is a percentage of normal.
  5. Click on OK.

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