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MathType for Blackboard


MathType is the default equation editor in Blackboard. It is a WYSIWYG formula editor designed to streamline the process of writing mathematical equations. It is a powerful tool that allows composing any math expression with high graphics quality while remaining simple and easy to learn.


MathType is provided as a subscription that allows you to enjoy the same quality solution in your LMS and word processors. Free usage is available under specific circumstances. If you are interested in purchasing, contact us by filling out this form or writing an e-mail to

Write an equation

Click or tap the wicon.gif icon in the editor toolbar. If you don't see the MathType icon, click the down icon to expand to the full toolbar, then you should see it.


Edit an equation

Equations are treated as any other kind of object:

If you want to modify an existing equation, select it and click or tap the MathType icon. After writing or modifying the formula, click Accept if you want to insert the formula as shown, or Cancel if you want to exit without saving changes.

  • You can select an equation by either clicking it or by moving the cursor over it while holding the SHIFT key.

  • You can erase formulae by selecting them and pressing delete, or move the cursor after (before) them and press the delete (Delete) key. If you delete a formula accidentally, you can recover it by clicking the undo icon, or pressing CTRL + Z.

  • You can cut, copy, and paste formulae in the usual way by pressing CTRL+X, CTRL+C, and CTRL+V. This is particularly useful when you have to write several formulae which are very similar. You can apply all of those operations to a single formula or to combinations of formulae and text, and you can paste to other MathType windows.

  • You can also drag&drop a formula using the mouse.