MathType for Google Workspace

MathType is available for Google Docs and Google Slides. Creating and editing an equation is straightforward. Just find the MathType option in the Add-ons drop-down menu and start editing.

Install MathType Add-on

Tip: If you use both Microsoft Word and Google Docs, or if you and/or your employer has converted from Microsoft Office to Google Docs, you may be interested in our tip Word document compatibility with Google Docs. This tip describes how to
  • Upload a Word document with MathType equations to Google Docs for students and/or colleagues to read but not edit.
  • Upload a Word document with MathType equations to Google Docs and end up with editable equations.
  • Open a Google Docs document, with equations created with MathType for Google, download the document and convert the equations such that they're editable in MathType (i.e., MathType for Word).

For individual computers

Install the MathType/ChemType add-on for Google just like you would install any other add-on. From the Add-ons menu, choose Get add-ons. Search for MathType and click INSTALL. Alternatively, go directly to the MathType page in the Google Workspace Marketplace, and click INSTALL. Either way, when you see the Get ready to install pop-up saying "MathType needs your permission to run", click CONTINUE. You'll have to sign in with your Google account and grant MathType access to your documents and presentations. After you click Allow on the first pop-up and DONE on the second, MathType will be available for your use.

For an entire domain

There are two parts to the installation of the MathType/ChemType add-on for Google if you are installing it for the entire domain.

  1. Follow the steps outlined on the Google support page for Marketplace apps.
  2. Write to us at to let us know the domain where you're installing the add-on, and also mention your MathType product key.

Unavailable for install

If you see the message "UNAVAILABLE FOR INSTALL", your user is part of an educational domain where the installation of add-ons is not allowed unless they are in a whitelist. See Google Support for how this can be configured by the admin of your domain.

You need a subscription to use MathType for Google. If you are an individual user or an educational institution, you can buy a MathType subscription in the WIRIS store. If you are looking for a corporate subscription, please contact us. Please refer to the MathType FAQ if you have any further questions.

30 days free trial period

The first time you install the MathType for Google add-on we offer a 30-day free trial to test all the features. When this period expires you will need to buy a subscription in order to continue using MathType for Google.

The first time you open the MathType for Google add-on (and sometimes subsequent to that), you must sign in on it. You may do this using either

  • the same Google account you are already using in Google, or
  • a different Google account.

to MathType popup image

After signing in you will be redirected to a page with the message 'Login successful. Please close this screen to proceed'. Once you close this window, you can use MathType for Google.

Sign in with an account used in the subscription purchase process

After installing the add-on the easiest way to start using it is to sign in with the same Google account you used in the purchase process. By doing so, you will automatically be able to use MathType in your Google documents.

Sign in with an email belonging to a community subscription

You can also activate MathType if your email belongs to a community subscription. This is the case for most educational institutions and corporations that have a community subscription. If you're in this situation but you can't use MathType, contact the administrator/IT department of your institution.

Sign in with an email not associated with a MathType subscription

If you want to use MathType in Google Docs and Google Slides with a different Google account than the one used in the purchase process, you should have a product key provided to you in the purchase process or by your institution. Follow the instructions in the message that appears when you open the add-on.

You can find the product key in My WIRIS store or in the email that we sent at the moment of the license purchase.

If you have a product key for MathType, you can enter it here.

Popup with a field to enter the MathType product key.

Animation shows using MathType in Google Docs.

Once the MathType add-on is installed, it will be in the Add-ons menu in both Google Docs and Google Slides. To open MathType to write an equation, choose either Insert/edit math equation or Insert/edit chem formula from the Add-ons menu:

Choose the insert/edit math equation or insert/edit chem formula command to open MathType.

You can copy and paste formulas created with MathType from Google Docs to Google Slides and vice versa. Once the formula is copied in the new environment you will be able to edit the formula using MathType.

For more details about using MathType, whether with Google or just in general, see the Using MathType page.

A note about equation alignment

One thing you'll notice is that inline equations (i.e., equations that are part of a sentence of text) are not vertically aligned with the text; they're positioned higher than normal, like this one:
Equations aren't aligned with the text due to a Google restriction.
This is due to a Google Docs restriction. In the future, if Google changes this behavior to allow vertical positioning of objects such as equations, MathType will be able to align its equations better.

Equations inside tables

When using the add-on in tables you might come across the following error: "Invalid selection: Please select only a single table cell."

Selecting multiple cells in a table will produce a MathType error.

This happens because you've selected multiple table cells or rows, or your selection goes outside the table. This makes it impossible to find a definite place to insert an equation.

To avoid this message please select only a single table cell or set the cursor at the exact place you want your equation to be inserted.

If you prefer, you may enter handwritten equations into MathType for Google. We'll give a brief description here; see our separate page on Handwritten input for full details.

Example of handwritten input.

To switch from "Classic" input to handwritten input, click the Hand icon at the right side of the MathType window.

  1. Write the equation by hand, stylus, or any device you're comfortable with.
  2. As you write, MathType will continually update the equation preview in the lower right corner.
  3. To make a correction, scribble through the part you want to correct. When it turns red, quit scribbling and MathType will clear that section.
  4. You can switch to Classic input at any time and continue editing by keyboard and clicking items in MathType's interface. Switch back to Handwritten input if you want.
  5. When you're ready to insert the equation, click or tap Insert regardless of which input mode you're in.

Select the formula you want to edit and open MathType from the Add-ons drop-down menu.

Animation shows using MathType to edit an equation in Google Docs.

Large equations in Google

The way Google processes equations requires a limit on the size of each equation. The limit is not one that we can define here, because it depends on several characteristics of the equation. The purpose of this tip is to note that if you get an error when inserting a new equation or editing an existing equation, the error may be due to the size of the equation. If it's a small equation and you're still getting an error, write us and we'll try to help. If it's a large equation, try breaking it down into two or three smaller equations and see if that eliminates the error.

Debug windows

The Google MathType add-on has tools integrated that allow you to see the code representing a formula. These debug windows are designed for power users, and also help report issues to MathType support.

These windows that can be accessed via a shortcut. They are read-and-write windows, so you can use them also to input data. See the sections below for details on that, especially including the tips following the section describing LaTeX.


You can open this window with the combination Ctrl+Shift+X (memory aid: X = XML). It's the same shortcut on Mac as on Windows. You can use this debug window to edit an equation by directly editing the MathML contained in the window, or paste MathML from another document. To submit the changes, click the "Submit Query" button, and you'll see your changes immediately in the MathType editing window.

Using MathML with the MathType add-on in Google Docs.


You can open this window with the combination Ctrl+Shift+L (memory aid: L = LaTeX). It's the same shortcut on Mac as on Windows. You can use this debug window to edit an equation by directly editing the LaTeX contained in the window, or paste LaTeX from another document. To submit the changes, click the "Submit Query" button, and you'll see your changes immediately in the MathType editing window.

Using LaTeX with the MathType add-in in Google Docs.

Tip 1: Your browser may present a warning that pop-ups are blocked. With pop-ups blocked, it's impossible to use MathML or LaTeX with the MathType add-in as described here. If this happens, it's possible to allow pop-ups from Options:

If popups aren't allowed, you won't have access to MathType's MathML and LaTeX windows.

Tip 2: You can re-use OMML equations from a Microsoft Word document by copying the equation from Word and pasting into the MathType add-in. You can paste either directly into the editor window or into the MathML debug window. Either way, you must ensure Word's equation copy options are configured to copy as MathML.

Please see our MathType Tip for complete instructions.

When you add an equation to Google, MathType configures the equation such that it's readable by screen readers and other accessible technology (AT). For a more detailed explanation, see MathType: Accessibility.

MathType equations include alt text.

ChemType is an improved user experience in MathType to create chemical notation. It includes a personalized toolbar with specialized chemistry buttons to edit your inorganic chemistry formulas.

Animation shows editing a chemistry formula in Google Docs with ChemType.

Printing a Google Docs or Slides page with equations doesn't require any special steps -- just print like any other document. One thing worth noting is that the equations will print at high quality, just like the text. This is a scan of the previous example after printing:

High-quality printout of equations in Google Docs

The system requirements of MathType for Google Workspace are very simple: if your computer and browser are capable of running Google Drive apps (specifically the Google Docs word processor), then it will run the MathType add-in for Google Workspace. Here's how it looks in Firefox for Ubuntu:

MathType in Ubuntu.

Android and iOS

The Google Docs and Google Slides apps in Android and iOS does not support Add-ins. As soon as Add-in technology is offered by Google, MathType will be available in tablet and smartphone apps.