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Using Word to Create Mathematical formula Is the Editor Available? You can only use the Microsoft Equation Editor if it has been installed on your machine. If it has not been installed, please make arrangements with your lab manager to install it on your computer. (Please give them time to install it on your machine!) You can see if has been installed by going to Insert on the menu bar, and then Object. In the Object list there should be a Microsoft Equation 3.0 option. If you click on that choice, it should start the equation editor. If the option is not there or if the editor does not start, then it is not installed on your computer. After you install the Equation Editor, you may want to place the icon on your tool bar. To place a new icon on your tool bar, go to Tools on the menu bar, and Customize. You will get the Customize dialog box. On the second tab – Commands, click on insert and scroll down. You will see the Equation Editor icon. Click on it and drag it up to one of the tool bars on the screen. How to make it workClick on the icon to start the Equation Editor. Most of your Word Toolbars will disappear and a small box will appear where your curser was. To get back to your Word Doc, click outside the box. A very large tool bar will appear. Most of the boxes on this toolbar are drop downs. If the toolbar opens in an inconvenient location, just click and drag on the blue bar and move it out of the way! The tool bar can be used to create very complicated mathematical expressions. Here I have clicked on the Greek character box and clicked on pi to enter it into an equation. Area r 2 If I want to create a fraction, I choose the fraction/root button. This is a template. You need to insert your numerator and denominator into the correct boxes. To move to the next location use the tab key or the arrow keys. 12 x 2 2 x 2 3x 1 To correct an equation after you have created it, double click on it. There are shortcut keys for many symbols if you use such a thing. They are available inside of Help when the Equation Editor is active. Here are a few: Adding Spaces, Text and Alignment: To add To add To line To add Menu. a full space: Press Ctrl+Shift+Space Bar. a half space: Press Ctrl+Space Bar. up your equal signs: Use the format/align Menu option. Text to an Equation box: select Style - Text from the