Nothing happens when trying to insert or edit an equation in Pages, Keynote, or Numbers

The information on this page applies to:
MathType for MacPages, Keynote, Numbers

MathType has always worked fine for you, but now you've upgraded to Mojave and it doesn't work anymore. You click Insert Equation in Pages and nothing happens. You double-click an equation in an existing document and nothing happens.

Trying to insert an equation into Pages and all I get is a small empty gray box.

With macOS 10.14 Mojave, applications require explicit access in order to control other applications. Therefore, in order for Pages and MathType to "talk" to each other, you must grant access. The first time you tried to control MathType from Pages, whether by clicking the Insert Equation command or by double-clicking an existing equation, you would have been presented with this dialog:

Pages wants access to control MathType.

Sometimes users are simply being cautious and don't want to give control to something unnecessarily. In this case though, it's necessary.

If that's what happened to you, don't worry; not all is lost. Recovery is simple.

To give access to MathType and Pages so they can control each other, follow these steps:

  1. Close both Pages and MathType if they are running.
  2. Open System Preferences and click Security & Privacy, then in the Privacy tab, click Automation.
  3. You should see something like this (maybe you have more entries, but you'll have at least these 2):
    MathType has not been given access to Pages.
  4. Click in each of the 2 boxes shown, placing a checkmark in both boxes. (This is one time when you can make changes without clicking the padlock in the lower left corner of the dialog.)
  5. Open Pages and insert an equation with the Insert Equation command. MathType should open normally. Create an equation and close MathType (i.e., click the red button in the upper left).
  6. When you close MathType, you will see this dialog:
    Give access for MathType to control Pages.
    Click OK to proceed. The equation should be inserted into Pages. If it's not, insert another equation. All should be normal with this one.
  7. Now in the System Preferences dialog you should see at least these 3 boxes checked:
    Now MathType and Pages have access to each other.


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We hope this has been helpful. As always, please let us know if you have questions about this, or if you have additional techniques that work. We'd love to hear from you.