FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Where do I find my license key?

Your license keys for MathType 7 are included in the email you receive after purchasing. You can always recover them from your personal area at My WIRIS Store.

If you need to recover licenses key for MathType 6 and previous versions please contact us.

The interface in the desktop application is different from other MathType applications.

MathType 7 comes with a new interface with a different icon organization and new features such as handwriting recognition. The new interface will be progressively available in all MathType applications. It is not currently available in MathType Desktop applications.

What is the relation between MathType and WIRIS EDITOR?

WIRIS EDITOR was rebranded as MathType in March 2018. MathType 7 is a merge of classical MathType, WIRIS EDITOR and new apps developed for Google and Office Online.

Does MathType 7 support Office 2016 for Mac?

Yes. With your subscription you can use MathType in Office 2016 for Mac desktop application. As a Mac fan you may be interested to use MathType in Office Online or your iPad within the Office App for iPad.

I have MathType 7; how do I make sure I have the latest version?

MathType will check periodically for releases that are more recent than the version you have installed. It will let you choose to download and install now, to get more information about the update, or to cancel and upgrade at a later time.

Will MathType Desktop run on my computer (system requirements)?

MathType Desktop's system requirements are not substantial:

  • 35 MB free hard disk space
  • RAM requirements are minimal
  • Mac: Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) or later, including macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13)
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 7, 8/8.1 (not Windows RT), and 10. MathType Desktop will run on Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface 3, and Surface 3 Pro tablets. MathType Desktop will not run on Surface RT, Surface, and Surface 2 tablets. If in doubt, check the version of Windows your tablet is running. If it is running Windows RT, you cannot use MathType Desktop with it. If it is running Windows 10 or any of the other supported versions of Windows, MathType Desktop will work with it.

Which versions of Apple Pages, Keynote, and Numbers work with MathType Desktop?

MathType Desktop works well with Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0, Numbers 4.0, and later, but not with earlier versions. Apple picked MathType Desktop as the equation editor to use with these applications. When MathType Desktop is installed, an Equation command appears on the Insert menu. Choosing this command will open MathType Desktop, so you can insert an equation into the document.

Which versions of Microsoft Office work with MathType?

  • Mac:
    • MathType Desktop works with Microsoft Office 2011 and Word 2016 for Mac, including Office 365.
      • Note 1: If you are running Office 2011 on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, please note that Apple does not support this configuration. MathType Desktop will only work with Office 2011 versions 14.7.4 and earlier on High Sierra.
      • Note 2: If you are running Office 365, please note that MathType Desktop only supports Word versions 15.41 and later.
    • Earlier versions of MathType Desktop will work with Office 2008 for Mac, but we are only able to provide limited technical support when using MathType Desktop with this version of Office.
  • Windows:
    • Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 for Windows, including Office 365.
    • Office RT: MathType Desktop equations cannot be edited in these Office versions but equations created in supported versions of Office will display and print.
  • Office Online: MathType 7 and later includes an add-in for Microsoft Office Online.
  • Office for iPad: MathType Add-in for Office works on the iPad Office Apps.
  • Office 64- and 32-bit: MathType Desktop is compatible with both 64- and 32-bit versions of Office.

Which versions of Google Suite work with MathType?

  • MathType for Google works in all versions of the solution in Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • Google Docs for iPad: Google Docs App for iPad does not support Add-ons. Hence MathType doesn't work on the iPad App.

Is MathType Desktop compatible from Windows to Mac and Mac to Windows?

Yes. MathType Desktop for Mac and Windows are fully compatible with each other, and Microsoft Word documents containing MathType Desktop equations can be easily shared between them.

Can I install MathType Desktop on both my home and work computers?

Yes, if you purchase a single-user copy of MathType Desktop, you may install it on all of your computers (i.e., home and work), both Mac and Windows.

Can I download MathType Desktop again if I need to reinstall my software?

Yes. MathType Desktop downloads are available on our downloads page.

How do I install MathType Desktop?

Once you complete the purchase of MathType Desktop in our online store, you will be able to download the MathType Desktop software. Once that is complete, double-click the downloaded MathType Desktop installer file. On a Mac, this will open it in a separate window, so double-click "MathType Desktop Installer…" within that window, to run the installer program. On Windows, after you double-click the downloaded MathType Desktop installer file, the installer will run. On both platforms, it will present simple instructions that will guide you through the installation process. You'll be using MathType Desktop in no time at all.

You will have an opportunity to enter your product key when you launch MathType the first time.

I just bought a new computer. Do I have to buy MathType Desktop again? If not, how do I install it on my new computer?

No, you do not need to buy MathType Desktop again. Just install MathType Desktop on your new computer using the same license key you received by email with your original purchase. You can always recover your license key from your personal area at My WIRIS Store.

Equation Editor (aka "Microsoft Equation 3.0" and other names) was included with Microsoft Office and other products for many years. It is not included with Microsoft Office any longer, but you may still have it if you have not updated your copy of Microsoft Office or if you have other applications that include Equation Editor. Even if the software on your computer no longer includes Equation Editor, you or your colleagues may still have documents that contain equations created with Equation Editor. This section of FAQ should help.

Will others who don't use MathType Desktop be able to read or edit my equations?

You may want to send documents containing MathType Desktop equations to other people so they can view, print, or even edit them. In case they need to edit the equations, they should download and install our free MathType Desktop 30-day trial, and they will be able to edit your equations during the trial period. Once the trial is over, the MathType Desktop editor will not be available for editing equations. MathType Desktop's fonts will remain installed, so equations will still display and print.

Will I be able to edit Equation Editor equations with MathType Desktop?

Yes, MathType Desktop can understand and edit Equation Editor equations in your existing documents. MathType Desktop cannot create equations in the old Equation Editor format.

If I install the 30-day trial of MathType Desktop and decide not to buy it, can I go back to using Equation Editor?

Likely not, since Microsoft Office no longer includes Equation Editor. The same will be true of most other products that once included Equation Editor. If you decide not to buy MathType Desktop, you get to keep all of MathType Desktop's additional fonts, so you will still be able to view and print equations created with MathType Desktop, but will not be able to edit them.

How do I type a space into an equation? Why does it beep when I hit the spacebar?

MathType Desktop automatically applies spacing according to the rules of mathematical typesetting as you type. This involves six different space widths, none of which is the width of a normal space. Since people are so accustomed to hitting the spacebar while typing, we disable it when you're typing math. However, MathType Desktop also has a Text style, allowing you to type a plain phrase or sentence in the middle of an equation, so naturally the spacebar works in Text style. If you find you always need additional space at certain places in routine expressions, such as after the comma in an ordered pair for example, we recommend rather than pressing the spacebar, change the spacing definitions. For more information, see Define Spacing Dialog.