MathType known issues

Use this page to see if an issue affecting you is something we're aware of and working on. As we address the issues below and include them in a released version of MathType, we will remove them from the list.

Known issues for both Windows and Mac

  1. STIX fonts (and OpenType fonts in general) do not fully work in MathType Desktop.
  2. EPS saved with CMYK Black does not result in CMYK 0,0,0,100 -- other colors sometimes off as well.
  3. Sometimes MathType Desktop does not recognize user-defined function names.
  4. When a pile (an equation of multiple lines) includes fractions, equation does not "align at top".

Known issues when using MathType with Microsoft Office

  1. In Word Draft or Outline views, MathType Desktop equations are not displayed. (This is normal in Word and not a bug in MathType Desktop.)
  2. When saving a Word document as a PDF, references to numbered MathType Desktop equations are not saved as hyperlinks.
  3. Word 2016 - Converting "MathType Desktop translator text" equations to MathType Desktop equations inserts an extra line feed.
  4. In Word, Toggle TeX will not convert a string with no operator (e.g., $abc$, \[2x\], etc. are not converted, but $abc+xyz$, \[2x-7\], etc. are converted).
  5. If MathType equations are grouped — either with other equations or with shapes or other objects — the best way to edit the equations is to ungroup, edit, then regroup. It's possible to double-click to edit an equation, but MathType will only open one equation in the group, and it may not be the one you want to edit.

Known issues for Mac only

  1. MathType Desktop is not yet a 64-bit application.
  2. With Pages 7.2 (and corresponding versions of Keynote and Numbers), Apple broke compatibility between Pages documents and equations created with older versions of MathType. While we wait for Apple to fix the issue, use this as a workaround:
    • Open the particular document in Pages 7.1. (Try to find Pages 7.1 in Time Machine or from a friend or colleague. If you need help finding a copy, please write our tech support.) The MathType equations should appear fine there.
    • Save the document.
    • Now when you open the saved document in Pages 7.2 or later, it will show the MathType equations correctly, and you can edit them in MathType.
  3. Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) is disabling the MathType macro files that enable MathType integration into Word. KIS flags these files as malicious and quarantines them. The files are not malicious, and we are working with Kaspersky to clear this issue.
  4. Matrices have extra padding left and right of the matrix.

Known issues for Windows only

  1. Using the Windows Math Input Panel (MIP) from the MathType tab in Word produces only OMML equations. It does not present the MathType Paste dialog, thus you will not have the option of creating a MathType equation from the MIP input.

MathML issues

  1. Gap is too wide between base and accent for some accented characters.
  2. MathML input: MathType Desktop does not render triple integral when pasted.
  3. MathType Desktop does not correctly render multi-character strings within a MathML <mi> element (e.g., with <mi>abc</mi>, abc is italicized).
  4. MathType Desktop has only limited support for MathML 3.
  1. Toolbar and icons are too small in some tablets.
  2. "Var" characters are not recognized (i.e., \varepsilon and \varphi)
  1. Equations do not align vertically with the text. This is a limitation of Google Docs, not an issue with MathType.
  2. Equations are lower resolution than text. This is also a limitation of Google Docs, and affects display only. Equations still print at full resolution.
  3. When inserting a suggestion with a formula (in Suggesting mode -- see screen shot), the formula is not considered part of the suggestion, thus if you reject the suggestion, the formula remains. This, too, is a limitation of Google Docs and not MathType.
    Suggesting mode in Google Docs
  4. If you insert a formula and then change its properties to floating (positionable -- either Wrap text or Break text), it won't be editable in that state. If you need to edit it, you can change it back to In line, edit it, then change it back to floating. You may need to reposition it.
    Changing equation properties from inline to floating
  5. Cannot insert equations in footnotes. This is a limitation of Google Docs, not MathType.
  1. When you open an existing document with equations created in MathType Desktop, you can’t edit these equations in Word Online. If you make changes to the document and download the changed document to your computer, these equations are once again editable with MathType Desktop.
  2. Arabic and other right-to-left languages are not currently supported in this add-in because the add-in creates equations in Word’s OMML format (the same one used by Word’s equation editor), and OMML does not support R2L.