FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

During your MathType 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?

There are 3 things you can do with an expired trial. One, you can view and print the equations. Two, you can copy them as LaTeX or MathML or a site-specific format (such as WordPress and many others). Three, if you're in Word you can convert the equation to a Word equation editor (OMML) equation. One thing you cannot do after your trial expires is create or edit equations.

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 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 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.

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

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 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.

Does MathType 7 support Office 2016 for Mac?

Yes. With your subscription you can use MathType in Office 2016 for Mac desktop application. As an iPad user you may be interested to use 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. You can visit this section for more detailed information.

Will MathType 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) or later, including 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), and 10. 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 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 with Microsoft Office 2011¹ and later for Mac, including Office 365² and Word/PowerPoint 2019.
      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.

      Note 3: If you are using MathType with Office on macOS 10.11 El Capitan, please see our note above.
    • Earlier versions of MathType 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:
    • Office 2007 and later for Windows, including Office 365 and Word/PowerPoint 2019.
      • 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 works in all versions of Google Workspace, Google Docs and Slides in Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • Google for iPad: Google Docs and Slides App for iPad does not support Add-ons. Hence MathType doesn't work on the iPad App.

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

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

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

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

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

Yes. MathType downloads are available on our downloads page.

How do I install MathType?

Once you complete the purchase of MathType in our online store, you will be able to download the MathType 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 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 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 again? If not, how do I install it on my new computer?

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

You may want to send documents containing MathType 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 editor will not be available for editing equations. MathType's fonts will remain installed, so equations will still display and print.

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

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

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

MathType 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 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.