MathType for Canvas

Type and handwrite mathematical notation in Canvas with MathType. The popular equation editor for MS Word is now seamlessly integrated into Canvas.
MathType is provided as a subscription that allows you to enjoy the same quality solution in your LMS and word processors. Free usage is available under specific circumstances. Please read the subscription conditions and prices at MathType store.
ChemType is a flavor of MathType designed to help you work with chemical notation. It includes a personalized toolbar with the common chemical symbols, as well as a different user experience adapted to chemical notation needs. Look for the ChemType icon.
WIRIS EDITOR was renamed as MathType in March 2018. MathType 7 is a merge of classical MathType, WIRIS EDITOR and new apps developed for Google and Office Online.
The only permissions you need to include the MathType and ChemType apps in your course are teacher permissions.
Follow these easy steps shown in the video:
  1. Go to Course Settings
  2. Go to Apps tab
  3. Look for 'MathType'
  4. Activate the App

Animation shows activating the MathType app in Canvas.

Write an equation

Click or tap the MathType "" or ChemType "" icon in the editor toolbar.

Animation shows clicking the MathType icon in Canvas, creating a simple expression, and clicking OK to insert into Canvas.

Edit an equation

If you want to modify an existing equation, select it and click or tap the MathType icon. After writing or modifying the formula, click OK if you want to insert the formula as it is shown, or Cancel if you want to exit without saving changes.

Animation shows selecting an equation in Canvas, clicking the MathType icon, editing the equation, and clicking OK to save the edited equation to Canvas.

Equations are treated as any other kind of object:
  • You can select an equation by either clicking it or by moving the cursor over it while holding the SHIFT key.
  • You can erase formulae by selecting them and pressing delete, or move the cursor after (before) them and press the delete (Supr) key. If you delete a formula accidentally, you can recover it by clicking on the undo icon, or pressing CTRL + Z.
  • You can cut, copy, and paste formulae in the usual way, by pressing CTRL+X, CTRL+C, and CTRL+V; this is particularly useful when you have to write several formulae which are very similar. You can apply all of those editing operations to a single formula or to combinations of formulae and text, and you can paste to other MathType windows.
  • You can also drag&drop a formula using the mouse.