MathType Add-in for Word in Microsoft 365

The current add-in is available for:

  • Word on Windows (Microsoft 365)

  • Word on macOS (Microsoft 365)

  • Word on the web

  • Word on iPad

  • Word 2019 or later on Mac (Mojave to Monterey)

  • Word 2021 on Windows (Windows 10,11)

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.

Installing the MathType Add-in for Word

Caution

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.

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  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.

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  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:

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License MathType Add-in for Word in Microsoft 365

You need a subscription to use MathType. 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 add-in, we offer a 30-day free trial to test all the features. When this period expires, you will need to buy a subscription to continue using MathType .

Note

Note that the MathType subscription is mutual for the add-in in Word and the add-on in Google Workspace. The trial period is for both deployments and, therefore, when started in one of them, the countdown will be the same for the other.

Sign in

Warning

If you are using Safari to sign in to MathType in Microsoft Word Online, you will not be able to log in successfully unless you relax Safari's privacy configuration. To do that, go to Settings in your Safari window, then to the Privacy section, and uncheck the "Prevent cross-site tracking" option.

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

  • the same Microsoft account you are already using in Word, or

  • a different Microsoft account.

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Ways to activate Mathtype Add-in for Word Microsoft 365

Sign in with an account used in the subscription purchase process

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

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

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Adding equations using the MathType Add-in for Word

  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.

    Add-in screenshot with the quadratic formula
  3. At the bottom of the editor window, you can set the default font and size for the new equations.

    Image of the add-in bottom with the option 'Use selected font and size for new equations' selected

Write an equation: Handwritten interface

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.

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To switch from "Classic" input to handwritten input, click handwritten_switch_to.gif 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 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.

Editing equations using the MathType Add-in for Word

  1. Select the equation you want to edit.

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

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Get the MathML

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.

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Word Online

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.

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Using MathType in Word Online is very easy. If you want the details, follow the explanation in this section.

Word on iPad

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 add-in:

  1. In Word, go to the Insert tab.

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  3. Tap Office Add-ins and scroll to MathType then tap Add.

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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

    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 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.

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Editing equations in Word for iPad

Note

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:

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  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 7 from the list of installed Add-ins.

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  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

Note: If you edit an equation, then change your mind after you insert it, just tap the Undo button at the top:

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Note

Note: If you edit an equation, then change your mind after you insert it, just tap the Undo button at the top:

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FAQ

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?

Yes, you can. If you are working on a Word document in Microsoft 365 and you want to edit a formula created with MathType 7, now is possible using MathType add-in for Microsoft 365. Visit this page for more information.