Network administrator's manual, MathType 6

This document is designed to familiarize network administrators on the different types of installations of MathType, and to introduce some specialized features designed to make the installation of MathType on multiple computers as manageable as possible.

The MathType installer has been designed to run from one of two disk types. It can be run from a CD (prepared by you; we don't provide CDs) or from a single, self-extracting executable (for download). Additionally, MathType is capable of performing two different types of installations described as follows:

  • Standard Installation
    Used when installing MathType directly onto the computer where it will be used. This installs MathType in its entirety so that it can be run independently with no need for a network connection. On computers where multiple user accounts exist, the MathType application is available to all users.
  • Shared Network Setup
    Used when setting up MathType to run from a shared location on a network server. In instances where user disk space must be preserved, or if a need exists for application-use metering, a shared network setup will be most useful. Details of a shared network setup are expressed in the section MathType Shared Network Setup.

MathType setup will only overwrite existing files if their versions are the same or older than what are provided by the setup. These version-installed files include DLL, EXE, and TTF. File types that do not contain version data are always overwritten by the setup.

MathType6.log is written to the user's Windows Temporary Files folder. It contains detailed information pertaining to the most recent execution of the MathType setup. Information found in the MathType6.log file is:

  • All installed files and their locations
  • All tasks performed (e.g. OLE Registration, Font Installation etc.)
  • All messages presented to the user
  • All error or warning messages presented to the user
  • Messages displayed in the progress meter dialog

This same file is also used when performing an uninstall of MathType.

The majority of files installed by the setup are placed into a folder located at C:\Program Files\MathType. This is the default location presented in the main selection dialog at the beginning of installation. (Note: For the remainder of this document, when we refer to the Program Files folder we will not distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. On 64-bit Windows though, the MathType installation folder is C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType.) In this folder are the following:

  • Fonts folder
  • Language folder
  • MathPage folder
  • Office Support folder
  • Preferences folder
  • System folder
  • Translators folder
  • MathType.exe
  • MT6.dsc (Hidden file)
  • MT6XXX.chm (where XXX is ENU, DEU, FRA, or JPN, depending on the language being installed)
  • Setup.exe
  • Setup.inf (Hidden file)

Other files installed by the MathType setup are placed into other locations. The MathType setup will need write access to these locations for installation to complete successfully. And therefore, prior to installation, must be unlocked. These files and their locations are described below.

File NameDescription and location
MathType Commands 6 for (or .dotm)
MathType Commands 6 for Word20XX.dotm
This is a Word macro file placed into the Word Startup folder for every instance of Microsoft Word 2002 (XP), 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 installed on the computer.
TrueType FontsFonts installed into the Windows Font Folder, with a backup copy in
C:\Program Files\MathType\Fonts\TrueType
PostScript FontsA collection of PostScript fonts installed into C:\Program Files\MathType\Fonts\PostScript
inetwh32.dllSystem level DLL file used by MathType Help located at C:\Windows\system (or system32)\
Toolbar.eqlToolbar file containing each user's customizable toolbar, located in
%AppData%\Design Science\DSMT6\
MathType6.logLog file detailing installation actions Located at
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\
Start Menu Shortcut FilesSetup creates a set of shortcut files to the MathType application, MathType Server, help file, MathType uninstaller, and Equation Conversion Manager, located in the Start Menu\Programs\MathType Folder

Systems administrators typically use network deployment tools to install MathType on many machines at an institution. To facilitate this, it is possible to perform a silent installation that suppresses all dialogs, including registration. No pre-packaged silent installer or .msi is currently available for MathType. But the information in this section describes several options for performing silent installations.

A silent installation involves two steps:

  1. Preparing a disk image where product key and registration information has been pre-entered.
  2. Invoking the MathType Setup program with command-line parameters to carry out the installation

Preparing a Disk Image

Obtain the standard downloadable MathType installer from the MathType Downloads page.

Unpacking the installer

The installer is essentially a self-extracting ZIP archive (it will have an .exe extension, but it's still a ZIP archive), and you will need to unpack it.

  • Not all zip utilities can open the archive, but the free 7-Zip utility can, for example.
  • The process results in a folder containing the contents of the MathType installation.
  • Among this group of files is the setup.exe program that installs the files in the disk image. You will need setup.exe in the next 2 sections.

NOTE: Silent installation involves executing the setup.exe command twice. The first execution (described here) adds your registration information to the disk image. The second execution (described in the next section) is what accomplishes the actual installation.

Execute setup.exe, step 1: Adding registration information

Ordinarily, Setup.exe expects key and registration information to be entered interactively via a dialog box. For a silent installation, this information must be pre-entered. The argument to the -UNLOCK switch has the format of a form-encoded URL. Substitute your license key and registration information in the appropriate places. Here's an example:

  • RegFirstName & RegLastName: Homer Simpson
  • RegOrg: Springfield Nuclear
  • RegEmail:
  • Setup.exe string: (Please note this is one long string, but appears broken here, to fit within the page's margins.)

If you'd like to verify this step, look inside the folder where you unpacked the MathType installer. Look for the file named mt6.dsc. If its date/time stamp matched the date and time you performed this step of adding registration information, you have succeeded.

Execute setup.exe, step 2: Invoking setup silently

In this set of steps, the command prompt must be run as an administrator. You will get a confirmation in the title bar of the window: Administrator: Command Prompt.

Command-line parameters can be passed to the Setup application to instruct it to perform specific installation and uninstallation tasks and to run silently. Some of these parameters require a folder location. Folder locations must be surrounded by double-quotes if the path name contains spaces. All command-line parameters are case-insensitive. All parameters, including extra path parameters, should be separated from each other by a space. For example, to specify a silent installation to the directory E:\User Apps\Design Science\MathType, one would use the command line:

setup.exe -Q -D "E:\User Apps\Design Science\MathType"

The list of command line options is:

-QInvokes silent mode. Note that if errors occur during the install, there will be no user interface indicating such, and the setup will fail silently. However, you may determine the error by looking in the directory specified by the TMP environment variable. In that directory will be a DSSetup.log or MathType6.log which will describe any errors. A common error that occurs is trying to run the installation while Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, or Word is running. Setup, which normally asks the user to quit such an application, will fail silently in this case.
-DThis parameter indicates the destination folder. Following this parameter must be the full path of a folder where MathType will be installed. This folder will be displayed in the "Install MathType to:" box on the main selection dialog.
     NOTE: The destination path must immediately follow the -D option, enclosed in quotes if it includes spaces.

-SThis parameter indicates the source folder. Following this parameter must be the full path of a folder where the MathType source files are located. You only need to use this parameter if the source files are not located in the same folder as SETUP.EXE.
-RUse this parameter alone with -Q to perform a silent uninstall of MathType.
-CThis parameter is used to suppress error and warning messages relating to Microsoft Office macro command installation. (You're doing a silent installation of MathType, so MathType's error messages are already suppressed. This -C option suppresses specifically the messages related to Office VBA macros.) If MS Word's Startup folder is locked, or if the macro command files have already been installed and are locked, Setup will normally give the user warnings on installation. If this is the normal environment for your organization, and you don't want users to have to deal with such messages (and report these errors to you), use this switch. Be aware, however, that if the macro command files are not already installed, and Word's Startup folder is locked, your users will not see the appropriate warning messages, and will not have the macro commands available to them. For this reason, the "-C" switch should be used sparingly in silent installs. If this switch is on, these errors and warnings will be written into the log file.

Pushing the installation out to Workstations

Once a disk image has been prepared, and the proper command line arguments for setup.exe have been identified, you are ready to push the installation of MathType out to Workstations. The choice of method will depend on the software deployment framework being used. The two most most common options are:

  • Use the prepared disk image and command line parameters to build a private MSI package.
  • Share your disk image directory and create a shortcut to setup.exe, choosing options from the list above. Then set up a network install script to have each workstation run this shortcut once. After it is run, each workstation will have MathType installed.

MathType setup supports a Shared Network Installation which allows MathType to be installed onto a shared, network volume (server) enabling local network users to run MathType from the server. This installation has two parts; That which is installed on the network volume and that which is installed onto the user's computer.

  • Network volume
    • Known as the Server-side Shared Network Setup
    • Complete MathType installation
    • Installation source files for local network users
  • Local network computers
    • Known as the Client-side Shared Network Setup.
    • This setup will install the minimal set of files onto the network user's computer.
    • MathType.exe will not be installed since it resides on the shared network volume.

To install a shared network setup, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the contents of the MathType installer onto the server.
    Copy the entire contents of the MathType installer to a location on your network server where all users have access. This folder is referred to as the "Source Folder" and can be set to "read only" once copying is complete.
  2. Run a standard installation of MathType on the server.
    As mentioned in the Installation Overview of this document, there are a number of files that are installed to locations other than the MathType Application folder. It is important that setup has write access to these locations in order to complete this step successfully. Review the files and locations listed above and unlock directories as appropriate prior to installing MathType.

    Setup must be run on the server in order to appropriately set up the MathType destination folder. Install MathType into a location that is accessible to your network users, making sure NOT to install it into the source folder created in step 1. Doing so will cause the installation to fail. During this installation you will be prompted to personalize your copy of MathType. Enter the name, organization name and registration number as appropriate.
  3. Create a shortcut to be executed by local network users.
    Create a shortcut to the Setup.exe file located in the Source Folder created in step 1. Place this shortcut in a server volume where your network users will have access to it.
    • Rename this shortcut to "Client-Side Install" (no quotes).
    • Open the Properties of the shortcut and make the following notations:
      • In the Shortcut Tab edit the "Target" box by adding the following to the end of the existing string: -W -DL "<MathTypeDir>" (where MathTypeDir is the location where you installed MathType in step 2).
    • If you normally run The Microsoft Word Startup folder locked, you may consider adding also -C to the string in order to suppress any error messages your network users may get during the client-side installation. Note however that using the -C command-line parameter may prevent one from receiving important valid-macro-errors. Because of this, use this parameter sparingly.
  4. Run the Client-side Shared Network Setup.
    From a local network user's computer, access and execute the Client-Side Install shortcut created in step 3. This will complete the installation giving the network computer all the appropriate fonts, OLE registration and Start Menu icons necessary to run MathType.
  5. Test your installation.
    Test by launching MathType from Start/All Programs/MathType and create expressions using each of the templates and toolbar elements.