MathType add-in for Office

The MathType add-in for Microsoft Office is available for iPad, Mac, and Windows. Click below from any of these platforms to activate the add-in, then read further instructions below.

Activate Office Add-in

MathType is available for Word for iPad. Creating and editing an equation is similar to the computer version. Just tap the MathType or ChemType icons in the app sidebar and start writing. Follow the instructions below as a guide.

Installing MathType for Word on the iPad

After installing Word for iPad, follow this process to install the MathType/ChemType add-in:

  1. In Word, go to the Insert tab.
  2. Tap the Add-ins icon.
  3. Tap Office Add-ins and scroll to MathType, then tap Add.

Adding the MathType add-in to the iPad.

Adding equations to Word for iPad

Note: If you insert equations into Word for iPad as described here, you may edit these equations in Word for Mac/Windows. You may do so either with Word's built-in equation editor, or with our MathType add-in for the Mac/Windows versions of Word.
  1. In the Insert tab, tap Add-ins and choose MathType from the list of installed Add-ins.
  2. In the MathType add-in pane, tap either Open MathType or Open ChemType. For the remainder of these steps, we'll assume you've opened MathType, but if you're using ChemType, the steps are the same.
  3. When the MathType editor opens, create the equation and tap Insert to insert into the document. For additional instruction on using the MathType editor, a good place to start is with the Introductory Tutorials.

Adding an equation to a document in Word for iPad.

Editing equations in Word for iPad

Note: These steps also allow you to use MathType to edit "OMML" equations that were created with Word's equation editor. This is important, since Microsoft doesn't provide a way to edit OMML equations on the iPad.
  1. Tap the equation you'd like to edit:
    Tapping an equation in Word selects it.
  2. Tap Open MathType in the MathType add-in pane. If the MathType add-in pane isn't open, from the Insert tab, tap Add-ins and choose MathType from the list of installed Add-ins.
    Tap the Open MathType item in the MathType add-in pane to edit the equation.
  3. The equation will open in MathType. Make the changes to the equation, and tap Insert to insert the changed equation back into the document. If you change your mind, tap Cancel.
Note: If you edit an equation, then change your mind after you insert it, just tap the Undo button at the top:

Tap the Undo button at the top of Word to undo edits you have just made.
MathType is available for computer versions of Office, currently working only for Word. Note this is not the same as MathType Desktop for Mac and Windows. MathType Desktop works in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as described elsewhere in the documentation.
The process described on this page is for MathType add-in that's available through Word's Add-ins dialog. Creating and editing an equation is straightforward. Just click the MathType or ChemType icons in the toolbar and start writing. Follow the instructions below as a guide.

The following screenshots have been taken in macOS. Please note that the appearance in Windows may vary.

Installing the MathType Add-in for Word

  1. From the Insert tab in Word, click or tap Add-ins. Click or tap Store to browse add-ins.
    Browse add-ins from Word's Insert tab in the ribbon.
  2. The easiest way to find the MathType add-in is by typing mathtype (it's not case-sensitive) in the search window and pressing Enter/Return.
    Search for MathType in the Office Add-ins store.
  3. If you click or tap the description, you'll be able to read more information about the add-in. If you click or tap Add, you'll install the add-in into Word.
  4. It will be easy to verify the add-in has been installed. Look at the right side of the Insert tab for the Math and Chemistry buttons:
Math and Chemistry buttons for Mac Math and Chemistry buttons for Windows
Mac Windows

Adding equations using the MathType Add-in for Word

Note: If you insert equations into Word as described here, you may edit these equations in Word for iPad if you've also installed our MathType add-in for iPad.
  1. In the Insert tab, click or tap either Math (for MathType) or Chemistry (for ChemType). For the remainder of these steps, we'll assume you've opened MathType, but if you're using ChemType, the steps are the same.
  2. When the MathType editor opens, create the equation and click or tap Insert to insert an equation into the document. For additional instruction on using the MathType editor, a good place to start is with the Introductory Tutorials.
    After tapping "Math" on the Insert tab, the MathType add-in pops up for you to create the equation.
  3. If you'd rather use handwriting for creating equations than point & click, see item #3 in the next section.

Editing equations using the MathType Add-in for Word

  1. Select the equation you want to edit. The easiest way to select the equation is to click once inside the equation, then click the "handle" to its upper left:
    Click the handle to select the equation.
  2. Click the Math button on the Insert tab, and the equation will open in the MathType add-in.
    Editing the equation in the MathType add-in.
  3. If you're using a touchscreen and you'd rather write the equation or corrections by hand, tap the hand icon to the right of the MathType add-in, and the equation will open in the handwriting interface. To delete something, scribble through it until it turns red. Tap the trash can to delete the whole equation and start over.::
  4. When you're finished, tap Insert to insert the edited equation. Note the default editing mode is point & click, so even if you use handwriting to create or edit an equation, the next time you open the MathType add-in, it will open to the point & click interface, not handwriting.
    You have the option of using point and click or handwriting.