Network administrator's manual

This document is designed to familiarize network administrators on the different types of installations of MathType, and to introduce some specialized features designed to make the installation of MathType on multiple computers as manageable as possible.

The MathType installer has been designed to run from one of two disk types. It can be run from a CD (of your own creation; we do not provide CDs) or from a single, self extracting executable (for download). The installer installs MathType in its entirety so that it can be run independently with no need for a network connection. On computers where multiple user accounts exist, the MathType application is available to all users.

MathType setup will only overwrite existing files if their versions are the same or older than what are provided by the setup. These version-installed files include DLL, EXE, and TTF. File types that do not contain version data are always overwritten by the setup.

For Windows installations, MathType7.log is written to the user's Windows Temporary Files folder. On a Mac, the file MathType Install Log.txt is written to the MathType Applications folder. These files contain detailed information pertaining to the most recent execution of the MathType setup. Information found in the MathType7.log/MathType Install Log.txt file is:

  • All installed files and their locations
  • All tasks performed (e.g. OLE Registration, Font Installation etc.)
  • All messages presented to the user
  • All error or warning messages presented to the user
  • Messages displayed in the progress meter dialog

This same file is also used when performing an uninstall of MathType.

The majority of files installed by the setup are placed into a folder located at one of 3 locations, depending on your operating system:

  • 32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\MathType
  • 64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType
  • macOS: Applications/MathType

This is the default location presented in the main selection dialog at the beginning of installation. (Note: For the remainder of this document, when we refer to the installation folder, we will not distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows or Mac. In this folder are the following:

  • Fonts folder
  • Language folder
  • MathPage folder
  • Office Support folder
  • Preferences folder
  • System folder
  • Translators folder
  • MathType.exe (Windows)
  • (Mac)
  • MT7.dsc (Hidden file, Windows)
  • .MT7.dsc (Hidden file, Mac)
  • Setup.exe (Windows)
  • Uninstall (Mac)
  • Setup.inf (Hidden file, Windows)
  • Setup.lib.inf (Hidden file, Windows)

Other files installed by the MathType setup are placed into other locations. MathType setup will need write access to these locations for installation to complete successfully. Therefore, this location must be unlocked prior to installation. These files and their locations are described below.

File NameDescription and location
MathType Commands 6 for (or .dotm)
MathType Commands 6 for Word20XX.dotm
Windows. This is a Word macro file placed into Word's Startup folder for every instance of Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 installed on the computer.
MathType Commands 2016.dotm
Mac. These are Word macro files placed into Word's Startup folder for Office 365.
MathType Commands 2011.dotmMac. This is a Word macro file placed into Word's Startup folder for Word 2011.
TrueType FontsFonts installed into the system fonts folder, with a backup copy in MathType's installation folder.
Toolbar.eql (Windows)
MathType Toolbar.eql (Mac)
Toolbar file containing each user's customizable toolbar, located in
Windows: %AppData%\Design Science\DSMT7\
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support

Note: There is also a copy of this file in MathType's installation directory. This is a backup of the default toolbar configuration, used by MathType in the event the custom toolbar becomes corrupted or otherwise unusable or deleted.
MathType7.logWindows. Log file detailing installation actions located at
Start Menu Shortcut FilesWindows. Setup creates a set of shortcut files to the MathType application, MathType Server, MathType uninstaller, and Equation Conversion Manager, located in the Start Menu\Programs\MathType 7 Folder

MathType installation that's completely silent requires a product key. It's possible to install MathType silently as a trial, but the first time MathType is run on any of the computers to which it had been installed as a trial, a dialog will appear presenting options to begin a trial, enter a product key, or exit. There is no option to suppress this behavior.

Regardless of whether you are installing it as a trial or with a product key, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the standard downloadable MathType installer from the MathType Downloads page.
  2. Open Windows PowerShell or Command Line as admin.
    Open the PowerShell or command line as admin
  3. Run the MathTypeInstaller command with the options in the next bullet.
    Note: Currently the name of the MathType installer is MathType-win-en.exe (with -fr, -de, -jp, or -zh replacing -en for localized versions). In the event this changes, be sure to enter the correct name of the installer file.
  4. Use one or more of these command options:
Option & argument Description
/S Tells the installer to run in silent mode. This option is case-sensitive; /s is not the same, and will be ineffective.
/p [PRODUCT_KEY] Activate MathType with a product key.
/n [NAME] Associate the product key with a specific user or organization.
/e [EMAIL] Associate the product key with an email address.
/l [LANGUAGE] Associate the product key with a language ('en', 'fr', 'de', 'jp'). If not present, en is the default value.
/x Do not receive information about MathType. In other words, don't add the email address specified with /e to our mailing list.
/a Registers the product key for all users, provided it is run as administrator.

Examples of silent installation

  • With a single- or multi-license product key (this is the typical use):
    MathType-win-en.exe /S /p XXXXX-YOURK-EYGOE-SHERE-XXXXX /n US Math-Science High School /e /a
  • Installation as a trial:
    MathType-win-en.exe /S
  • With a localized version (in this case, French):
    MathType-win-fr.exe /S /p ELVIS-ISNOT-DEADH-EISAL-IVE12 /l fr
  1. The installation process does not validate license keys. Since the keys are not validated until MathType is launched, it's essential you ensure the license key (product key) entered during installation is correct.
  2. Also regarding product keys, they must be properly formatted -- with the correct number of characters, and with dashes, as shown above.
  3. Notice in this example there are no quote marks around the value for NAME, even though it includes spaces. While it's safe to add the quote marks, it's not required.

While not as common as silent installation, you may find you need to remove (uninstall) MathType silently. Doing so requires a different process than the silent installation described above.

For silent uninstallation of MathType Desktop, run the following command with admin privileges:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Setup.exe" -Q -R

  1. If you have installed MathType onto a network drive or another nonstandard location, ensure you've typed the correct path to MathType's setup.exe.
  2. Any uninstallation of MathType, whether silent or otherwise, will not remove any customized files. For example, if you or the user have custom Preference Files or translators, or have a custom toolbar, these must be removed manually, or by a separate script (which we do not provide).