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MathType for Canvas


Type and handwrite mathematical notation in Canvas with MathType. The popular equation editor for MS Word is now seamlessly integrated into Canvas.


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

ChemType is a flavor of MathType designed to help you work with chemical notation. It includes a personalized toolbar with the common chemical symbols, as well as a different user experience adapted to chemical notation needs. Look for the ChemType icon.


WIRIS EDITOR was renamed as MathType in March 2018. MathType 7 is a merge of classical MathType, WIRIS EDITOR and new apps developed for Google and Office Online.

Activation instructions

Follow these easy steps shown in the video:


The only permissions you need to include the MathType and ChemType apps in your course are teacher permissions.

  1. Go to Course Settings

  2. Go to Apps tab

  3. Look for 'MathType'

  4. Activate the App


Basic usage

Write an equation

Click or tap the MathType icon.gif or ChemType chemtype_icon.gif icon in the editor toolbar.


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 OK if you want to insert the formula as it is 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 (supr) key. If you delete a formula accidentally, you can recover it by clicking on 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 editing 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.