MathType Tab has disappeared from Microsoft Word for Mac

PLEASE NOTE: These steps do not apply to Word 2011 (i.e., Word 14.x) for Mac!
The information on this page applies to:
MathType 7.0 and later for Mac
  • Word 2016 and later for Mac
  • Word/Office 365 for Mac

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.

If your version of Word is 14.xx or earlier, or if you're not using MathType 7 or later do not proceed! These steps will not work.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word.
  2. On the top menu bar, click Tools, then Templates and Add-ins.
  3. In the resulting window, under Global templates and add-ins, the following items should be present and checked as shown:
    Word's Templates and Add-ins dialog, with MathType add-ins enabled.
  4. If the item(s) from step 3 are present and the Commands one checked, click OK. If they're present but not checked, click to place a checkmark in the box for MathType Commands 2016.dotm, then click OK. The MathType tab should now be present in Word.
  5. If the items from step 3 are not present, that's OK. Please try this:
    1. Click the + button beneath the box where the checked items should be. This will open a window titled Choose a template to add.
    2. In the window, navigate to this folder:
           Applications:MathType:Office Support
    3. Find MathType Commands 2016.dotm, click to select it, and click Open.
    4. This will bring it into the Templates and Add-ins box. Make sure there's a checkmark in the box to its left. If it doesn't, click to place a checkmark there.
    5. Click OK.
    6. 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 2016, 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 macOS, Word, and MathType you're using, as well as your MathType product key.