A few guidelines to help you navigate Mathtype:

Change the default font size in MathType

  • Open Mathtype application,
  • From the menu at the top, navigate to Size -> Define:
  • (1) Set “Full” 24 or whatever size works best for you.
  • Mathtype and MS Word define font size differently. You will notice the equation expand and then shrink when you close the equation editor.

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Alternatively, you can double-click the text for font size (1) at the bottom of the MathType window to bring up the same options.

Creating Equations:

  • Use the Mathtype “Ribbon” from within word (1).
  • Press the “Inline” button to create an equation (2).
  • Enter equation and close the window the Mathtype window. The equation will be injected into the document.
  • Copying the equation out of Mathtype window and pasting into word creates an object. Objects are not editable in the future.

If the equation contains fractions:

After creating an equation, from within the Word application:

(Command+D), click the  “Advanced” tab

Position needs to be “lowered” by 11pt (1)

Reason: Word is aligning the equation to top character of the fraction (2).

Editing Equations

  • Double click the equation or Right Click (or Control-Click) –> Edit to reopen the equation in the Mathtype editor.
  • Check the font size in Mathtype
    • Look to the bottom of the MathType window and change if necessary.
    • Menu: “Size” –>”Define”

Editing Equations without fractions:

Once edited, the equations default to Lowered “7pt”

Change this to to Lowered “3pt” (1)

Editing Equations with fractions:

Once edited, the equations default to Lowered “21pt”

Change this back to Lowered “11pt” (1)