MathType Tab has disappeared from Microsoft Word 2007 for Windows

PLEASE NOTE: These steps do not apply to Word for Mac, nor for Word for Windows except as noted here!
The information on this page applies to:
MathType 6.0 and later for WindowsWord 2007 for Windows

This is a continuation of TechNote 133…

If you have not first read and followed the steps in that article, please go to TechNote 133 and go through the process described there.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word.
  2. From the Office button, located at the top left corner of the Word window – Word 2007 "Office button" – choose Word Options.
  3. In the resulting window, from the left-side navigation menu choose Add-ins.
  4. Using the drop-down menu located at the bottom of the window, choose Word Add-ins and click the button labeled, "Go".
  5. In the resulting window, under Global Templates and add-ins, the following items should be present:
    MathType add-ins in Word
    Note 1: If you're using MathType 6.0 through 6.9d, the first item will be named MathType Commands 6 for Word.dotm.

    Note 2: Depending on your version of MathType, you may also see a 3rd file listed, named MathPage.wll. If this file is present, it should be checked too.
  6. If the items from the previous step are not present, proceed to the next step. If they are present, the "MathType Commands" item should be checked (selected) if you're using MathType 7 and later. If you're using MathType 6.0 through 6.9d, all items should be checked.
  7. If the items from step 5 are not present, that's OK. Please try this:
    1. Click the Add button. This will open a window titled Add Template.
    2. In the window, navigate to one of these paths:
           C:\Program Files\MathType\Office Support
           C:\Program Files\MathType\Office Support\32
           C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Office Support
           C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Office Support\32
    3. You will see the following items in the folder (among others):
           MathType Commands 6 for Word.dotm (if not using MathType 7 or later)
           MathType Commands.dotm (if using MathType 7 or later)
           WordCmds.dot
    4. Select one of them at a time, and click Open. This will bring it into the Add-Ins box. You will then need to click Add one more time to bring in the other add-in (either MathType Commands….dotm or WordCmds.dot).
    5. If all 3 files shown above are now present, with a checkmark beside them, click OK. If MathPage.wll is not there, click Add, go to one of these 4 paths (if the first one isn't on your computer, go to the next one in order, etc.), change Files of type to Word Add-ins (*.wll), click to select MathPage.wll, and click Open:
           C:\Program Files\MathType\MathPage
           C:\Program Files\MathType\MathPage\32
           C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\MathPage
           C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\MathPage\32
    6. Once you have them listed under Templates and Add-ins, the boxes on the left side should have a checkmark inside, but if they don't, click to place a checkmark there. Click OK. (For MathType 7 and later, it's only necessary for MathType Commands.dotm to have a checkmark.)
  8. This should restore the MathType tab in Word. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to load it in.


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If you have meticulously worked through this process and the MathType tab is still not on the ribbon in Word 2007, please write and let us know you've gone through the steps here, and you still don't have a MathType tab in Word. Please let us know what versions of Windows, Word, and MathType you're using, as well as your MathType product key.