# Equations are displayed as { EMBED.Equation } in Microsoft Word

## Applicability

MathType for Windows and Mac

Equation Editor (e.g., Microsoft Equation 3) for Windows and Mac

All supported versions of Word for Windows and Mac

## Issue

Many users become alarmed when the equations in their Microsoft Word document is displayed in the cryptic form of { EMBED Equation.DSMT4 } or { EMBED Equation } instead of the actual MathType 7 or Microsoft Equation equations.

## Reason

These representations are a feature in Microsoft Word called Field Codes. They are used to help Word identify objects, such as equations, in your document. You only see them when the option is turned on, in which case they appear on-screen, in print, or both on the screen and in print.

## Solution

### On screen

Suppose you find that your equations are not displaying on-screen but instead are displaying something like { EMBED Equation } or { EMBED Equation.DSMT4 }, you can change your view settings in Word to correct this. To do so,

1. Launch Word.

2. Select

• Office Button > Word Options > Advanced (Word 2007)

• File tab > Options > Advanced (Word 2010 and later)

• Word > Preferences > View (Word for Mac)

3. Uncheck the "Field Codes" or "Field codes instead of values" box.

4. Press OK (Windows) or close Preferences (Mac).

At this point, the equations contained within the Word document should display correctly. Other ways you can toggle this property are:

• Via keystroke, the Word keyboard shortcut is Alt+F9 (Win) or Option+F9 (Mac).

Any of the above methods will allow you to toggle the field codes off and on, which will enable you to see the equations.

### In print

If you find your equations are not printing but instead are displaying something like { EMBED Equation } or { EMBED Equation.DSMT4 }, you can change your print settings in Word to correct this. To do this:

1. Launch Word.

2. Select Word > Preferences (Word for Mac), or Office button (or File tab) Options (Windows).

3. Select the Print button (Mac) or Advanced/Print (Windows).

4. Uncheck the box for "Field Codes" or "Print field codes instead of their values".

5. Press OK.

At this point, if you print your document, the objects contained within the Word document should print out correctly.