MathType Add-in for Word in Microsoft 365

The current add-in is available for:

  • Word 2019 or later on Mac
  • Word on iPad (Microsoft 365)
  • Word on Windows (Microsoft 365)
  • Word online
​The process described on this page is for MathType add-in that's available through Word's Add-ins dialog. Creating and editing an equation is straightforward. Just click the MathType icon in the toolbar, select MathType or ChemType on the task pane at the right, and start writing. Follow the instructions below as a guide.

The following screenshots were taken on Windows; an appearance on Mac will be similar but may vary.

Note that by installing the add-in, you will be able to use both MathType and ChemType, so you don't need to install them separatelly
  1. From the Insert tab in Word, depending on your system configuration either click or tap Add-ins then click or tap Store, or click or tap Get Add-ins to browse add-ins.​
     Browse add-ins from Word's Insert tab in the ribbon.
  2. The easiest way to find the MathType add-in is by typing ​mathtype​ (it's not case-sensitive) in the search window and pressing Enter/​Return.
    Search for MathType in the Office Add-ins store.
  3. If you click or tap the description,​ you'll be able to read more information about the add-in. If you click or tap Add, you'll install the add-in into Word.
  4. It will be easy to verify the add-in has been installed. Look at the right side of the Home tab in the ribbon for the MathType button:
MathType button for Windows
  1. In the Home tab, click the MathType icon. A task pane appears on the right side. Click Open MathType or Open Chemtype and an editor will load.
  2. When the MathType editor opens, create the equation and click or tap Insert to insert an equation into the document. For additional instruction on using the MathType editor, a good place to start is with the Introductory Tutorials.
    Aftre clicking on Open MathType on the Task pan,  the MathType editor pops up for you to create the equation.
  3. If you'd rather use handwriting for creating equations than point & click, see item #3 in the next section.
  1. Select the equation you want to edit.

Select the formula in the document that you want to edit

  1. Click the Open MathType button on the task pane on the right, and the equation will open in the MathType add-in.
    Editing the equation in the MathType add-in.

After entering an equation you can obtain the corresponding MathML by opening the alternative text panel, right clicking on the image and selecting the corresponding option. You should note that altering the MathML in the alt text pane is not a way to edit the formula.

Alt text pane with MathML

MathType is available for Word Online. Creating and editing an equation is straightforward. Just click the MathType icons in the Add-in drop-down and open the editor by clicking the button on the task pane

Install the add-in

Find the MathType add-in by clicking Office Add-ins on the Insert tab, and follow the prompts to install. Once installed, you'll see the MathType button in the Insert tab on the right side of the ribbon.

Using MathType in Word Online is very easy. If you want the details, follow the explanation in this section.
MathType is available for Word for iPad. Creating and editing an equation is similar to the computer version. Just tap the MathType icon from the add-ins drop-down menu, select MathType or ChemType in the task pane and start writing. Follow the instructions below as a guide.

System requirements

Word requires iOS 12 or later, but there are no additional requirements for being able to install the MathType add-in to Word. If you can install and run Word, you can install and run the add-in.

Installing MathType for Word on the iPad

Activate Office for iPad Add-in

After installing Word for iPad, follow this process to install the MathType/ChemType add-in:

  1. In Word, go to the Insert tab.
  2. Tap the Add-ins icon.
  3. Tap Office Add-ins and scroll to MathType, then tap Add.

Adding the MathType add-in to the iPad.

Adding equations to Word for iPad

  1. In the Insert tab, tap Add-ins and choose MathType from the list of installed Add-ins.
  2. When clicking MathType in the ‘Home’ ribbon, the add-in task pane will open. The task pane contains ‘Open MathType’ and ‘Open ChemType’. When clicking any of these buttons, MathType or ChemType will open.
    Note: When MathType opens, it will open to the handwriting interface by default. If you'd rather use the point & click graphical interface, tap the keyboard icon in MathType's lower left. To switch to handwriting, tap the "finger squiggle" icon on the right side of the graphical interface. You can switch back and forth as often as you need to.
  3. When the MathType editor opens, create the equation and tap Insert to insert it into the document. For additional instruction on using the MathType editor, a good place to start is with the Introductory Tutorials.

MathType Editor add-in on iPad<

Editing equations in Word for iPad

Note: These steps also allow you to use MathType to edit "OMML" equations that were created with Word's equation editor. This is important, since Microsoft doesn't provide a way to edit OMML equations on the iPad.
  1. Select the equation you'd like to edit:
    Double-tapping an equation in Word selects it.
  2. Tap Open MathType in the MathType task pane at the right side. If the MathType task pane isn't open, from the Insert tab, tap Add-ins and choose MathType from the list of installed Add-ins.
     Click open MathType in the task pane at the right side
  3. The equation will open in MathType. Make the changes to the equation, and tap Insert to insert the changed equation back into the document. If you change your mind, tap Cancel.
Note: If you edit an equation, then change your mind after you insert it, just tap the Undo button at the top:

Tap the Undo button at the top of Word to undo edits you have just made.

Do I have to pay an extra-subscription for the Add-In?

The Add-In comes free with your existing MathType subscription and you’ll be able to download it directly from Microsoft Word's embedded Add-In store.

Will the Add-In work only in Word or in other Office applications too?

For the moment, the Add-In will only be available for Microsoft Word application within Microsoft 365 suite, although our immediate roadmap contemplates the implementation of MathType Add-In in Powerpoint too.

Are the equations created with MathType Add-In compatible with MathType for Google Workspace

Given the differences in Google and Microsoft online office suites, it is not possible right now to edit equations created with Microsoft Word's Add-In within Google Workspace’s Add-On (and vice versa). However, it’s a feature that our team is working on right now and that we plan to include in the future.

Can I edit my equations created with Microsoft Word default equation editor

This option is available for now on the desktop version of Microsoft Word within Microsoft 365 suite. In order to do so, you need to select the whole equation and then open our Add-In. This feature is planned to be released in the future for Microsoft Word 365 online but it still requires development steps both from Microsoft and us.

Can I edit my equations created with MathType 7 or older versions?

MathType add-in inserts images, not OMML equations. Therefore there is currently no way to edit equations created with MathType 7 (or older versions) using the Microsoft Word Add-In within Microsoft 365 suite.