MathType for Office Tools FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What can I do with MathType for Office tools during the 30-day trial?

During your MathType for Office Tools trial period, you can do the same things as you can with a fully-registered copy of MathType. There are no restrictions or limitations other than the time limit of 30 days.

What can I do after the 30-day trial expires?

You can view (and print) the Equations, but you won’t be able to edit them or create new ones.

What happens with MathType documents when my trial expires?

The equations in documents you create during the trial remain readable and unchanged after your trial expires. The only difference you'll notice is you'll no longer be able to make changes to these equations. With MathType 7 the equations do require the MathType fonts to remain installed though, so take care not to remove any font with the name Euclid in it, nor the font MT Extra.

Where do I find my license key?

Your license keys for MathType 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.

What happens if my license expires?

If your MathType license expires you can re-activate it by purchasing a new product key from the Wiris Store. If you are looking for an educational or corporate subscription, please contact us

Do I have to pay an extra-subscription for the Add-In?

The Add-In comes free with your existing MathType for Office Tools subscription and you’ll be able to download it directly from Microsoft Word's embedded Add-In store.

Will the Add-In work only in Word or in other Office applications too?

For the moment, the add-In will only be available for Microsoft Word application within Microsoft 365 suite and up to Office 2021, although our immediate roadmap contemplates the implementation of MathType Add-In in Powerpoint too.

Are the equations created with MathType Add-In compatible with MathType for Google Workspace

Given the differences in Google and Microsoft online office suites, it is not possible right now to edit equations created with Microsoft Word's Add-In within Google Workspace’s Add-On (and vice versa). However, it’s a feature that our team is working on right now and that we plan to include in the future.

Can I edit my equations created with Microsoft Word default equation editor

This option is available for now on the desktop version of Microsoft Word within Microsoft 365 suite. In order to do so, you need to select the whole equation and then open our Add-In. This feature is planned to be released in the future for Microsoft Word 365 online but it still requires development steps both from Microsoft and us.

Can I edit my equations created with MathType 7 or older versions?

Yes, you can. If you are working on a Word document in Microsoft 365 and you want to edit an equation created with MathType 7, now is possible using MathType add-in for Microsoft 365. Visit this page for more information.

The interface in the MathType 7 desktop application is different from other MathType applications.

The interface in the MathType 7 desktop application is different from other MathType applications (MathType for Google Workspace, MathType for MS365) and products (MathType for LMS, MathType integrations).

What is the relation between MathType and WIRIS EDITOR?

WIRIS EDITOR was rebranded as MathType in March 2018. You can find former WIRIS EDITOR in MathType for LMS and in Mathtype integrations. Inside Office Tools, you will find WIRIS EDITOR in MathType for Google Workspace and in MathType for Microsoft 365. WIRIS EDITOR is not available at MathType 7 desktop app, which is based on a different technology and UX.

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. You can visit this section for more detailed information.

Will MathType 7 run on my computer (system requirements)?

MathType's system requirements are not substantial:

  • 35 MB free hard disk space
  • RAM requirements are minimal
  • Mac: Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) up to macOS Mojave (Version 10.14)
    MathType with macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 10.16 Big Sur beta: Please see our information page for using MathType with Catalina.

    MathType with macOS 10.11 El Capitan: If you are using MathType with Microsoft Office on El Capitan, please be aware that only MathType 7.0 and 7.1 will install the MathType commands (tab, menu, and toolbar) into Word and PowerPoint. If you have purchased MathType and need one of these earlier versions to use with El Capitan, please write and let us know.
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 7, 8/8.1 (not Windows RT), 10 and 11. MathType will run on Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface 3, and Surface 3 Pro tablets. MathType 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 with it. If it is running Windows 10 or any of the other supported versions of Windows, MathType will work with it.
  • Alternate environments:
    • Virtual machines: MathType should run OK on VMs such as those created with VirtualBox, VMWare, Azure, and others.
    • Compatibility layers: We have run MathType successfully under Wine on Ubuntu, but our experience with MathType in this environment is very limited and we have not done any testing other than a proof of concept. Therefore we cannot make a recommendation for or against using MathType in such an environment. Neither can we provide technical support toward using MathType with Wine or other similar software such as CrossOver.

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

MathType works well with Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0, Numbers 4.0, and later, but not with earlier versions. Apple picked MathType as the equation editor to use with these applications. When MathType 7 is installed, an Equation command appears on the Insert menu. Choosing this command will open MathType, so you can insert an equation into the document.

Which versions of Microsoft Office work with MathType?

  • Mac:
    • MathType 7 works from Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) up to macOS Mojave (Version 10.14) in Office 2021 or earlier.
    • MathType add-in for Microsoft 365 works up to macOS Big Sur, from Office 2011¹ to Office 2021 and Office 365².
      Note 1: Microsoft ended support for Office 2011 in October 2017. While we'll try to help customers using MathType with this version of Office, we can't continue to support a product its developer has long ago quit supporting. We will not be releasing any updates to MathType to address issues with Office 2011.

      Note 2: If you are running Office 365, please note that MathType only supports Word versions 15.41 and later.

    • Earlier versions of MathType 7 will work with Office 2008 and 2011 for Mac, but we are only able to provide limited technical support when using MathType with these versions of Office. Please consider upgrading to newer versions of Office to continue having the best experience.
  • Windows:
    • MathType 7 works in Word and PowerPoint 2021 or earlier
    • MathType Add-in for Microsoft 365 works from Office 2011¹ to Office 2021 and Office 365².
      • Note: The MathType add-in for Word (available from the App Store) requires Word 2016 or later (including Office 365). The add-in will not appear in the App Store in earlier versions of Word.
    • Office RT: MathType equations cannot be edited in these Office versions but equations created in supported versions of Office will display and print.
  • Office for iPad: MathType Add-in for Office works on the iPad Office Apps.
  • Office 64- and 32-bit: MathType is compatible with both 64- and 32-bit versions of Office.

Which versions of Google Docs and Google Slides work with MathType?

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

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

Yes. MathType 7 for Mac and Windows are fully compatible with each other, and Microsoft Word documents containing MathType 7 equations can be easily shared between them.

Install MathType for Google Workspace

Install the MathType add-on for Google Workspace just like you would install any other plugin. From the Add-ons menu, choose Get Add-ons. Find MathType and click INSTALL. Follow the instructions on the documentation page if you are interested in more details or if you want to install the plugin for an entire domain. You will have an opportunity to enter your product key when you launch the add-on the first time.

Install MathType Add-in for Word in Microsoft 365

Install MathType Add-in for Word in Microsoft 365 like you would install any other add-in. Follow the instructions on the documentation page if you are interested in further details. Notice that the instalation process may varay depending on the environment (online, desktop or iPad).

Install MathType 7

Once you complete the purchase of MathType 7 in our online store, you will be able to download the MathType 7 software. Once that is complete, double-click the downloaded MathType installer file. On a Mac, this will open it in a separate window, so double-click "MathType Installer…" within that window, to run the installer program. On Windows, after you double-click the downloaded MathType 7 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 7 in no time at all.

You will have an opportunity to enter your product key when you launch MathType 7 the first time.

Can I install MathType 7 on both my home and work computers?

Yes, if you purchase a single-user copy of MathType 7, you may install it on all of your computers (i.e., home and work), both Mac and Windows.

Can I download MathType 7 again if I need to reinstall my software?

Yes. MathType 7 downloads are available on our downloads page.

I just bought a new computer. Do I have to buy MathType 7 again? If not, how do I install it on my new computer?

No, you do not need to buy MathType 7 again. Just install MathType 7 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 7 be able to read or edit my equations?

You may want to send documents containing MathType 7 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 30-day trial, and they will be able to edit your equations during the trial period. Once the trial is over, the MathType 7 editor will not be available for editing equations. MathType 7 fonts will remain installed, so equations will still display and print.

Will I be able to edit Equation Editor equations with MathType 7?

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