Using MathType with WordPress

NOTE: This page is for using MathType Desktop in WordPress. It's also possible to use MathType Web in WordPress. If you're looking for instructions on using MathType Web in WordPress, please see our other page of instructions for that.

WordPress is a blog platform — web software that you can use to create a blog, and is also used to create a website. With MathType you can add equations to your WordPress posts and pages; just follow the steps below. Your readers can open these equations in MathType to use elsewhere, such as in their own blog, in Microsoft Word, or one of hundreds of other applications and websites MathType works with.

There are two types of WordPress blogs -- WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org blogs. That can be confusing, but there are a couple of simple ways you can tell which type of WordPress blog you have. The difference is important, because there is a plug-in needed in order to make the steps below work. This plug-in is automatically installed and enabled for WordPress.com blogs, and optional for WordPress.org blogs.

You have a WordPress.com blog if, when you initially sign in to WordPress, you see a New Post icon in the upper right — New post icon — or after you choose a site in My Sites, and you see this item in the left nav section: Wordpress-dot-com icons -- Plans.

Why this is important. If your blog is a WordPress.com blog, you may proceed with the steps below. If your blog is a WordPress.org blog, from your Dashboard, look for a link near the top left that's labeled Jetpack. If you don't see the link, go to your Plugins control and Activate Jetpack. If you don't see a Jetpack plugin, you may need to update WordPress to the latest version. Once Jetpack is installed, continue with the steps below.

  1. From MathType's Preferences menu choose: Cut and Copy Preferences. On the Macintosh, this will be in the Preferences flyout of the MathType menu.
  2. From the Equation for application or website group, choose the WordPress translator. Click OK. (You don't need to perform this step for every equation. Once you choose the appropriate translator, future equations will be processed using this translator until you choose a different one.)
  3. After you create your equation in MathType, select it and copy it, then paste it into your blog post or comment.

    Note: At this point you'll see only "code" after you paste the equation into WordPress. To see the "math", you'll need to Preview or Publish the post. If you still don't see math after previewing or publishing the post, see the note after the screen shots below.
  4. To edit the equation, follow the instructions in the next section, then paste the new equation in place of the old one.
Tip: If your equations contain small and hard-to-read characters like those you see in the examples below, see the rest of the tip after the screen shots…
Equation with small fractions.Equation with full-sized fractions.
You want this ↑↑↑ to look like this ↑↑↑
Small summation symbol.Large summation symbol.
And you want this ↑↑↑ to look like this ↑↑↑

The key to this change is to add the code \displaystyle after the opening "latex" declaration. For example: $latex \displaystyle {equation code here}$. Note that making this change won't make everything bigger, but is limited to things like nested fractions, integrals, and summations (and similar structures). Notice in the first set of shots, Rtotal is the same size in both shots, as is ak in the second set of shots.

If you don't see math after previewing or publishing your post, and if you're using a WordPress.org blog, go to your blog's dashboard and click Jetpack on the left. Scroll to the bottom and where you see Terms   Privacy   Debug, click Debug. Find the section titled More details about your Jetpack settings and click the "Access the full list…" link. Near the top is an option titled Beautiful Math. If this is activated it will have a blue bar on the left and a blue background:
Beautiful Math option in Jetpack
If there's a white background, hover the mouse over it and click Activate: Click to activate the Beautiful Math option in Jetpack. Your equations should now display normally in Previewed or Published posts. If they still don't, write and let us know, giving full details of your configuration and what steps you've followed.
  1. Select the equation in WordPress by clicking it once with the mouse.
  2. Copy the equation and paste it into MathType, or use drag and drop.
  3. Now you can edit the equation in MathType, or use it in Word, PowerPoint, or any one of over 800 other applications and websites.