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How To Write Math Equations in Word

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If you need to write or type Math Equations in Word, using the equation tool will be the perfect method. This tool can help you type any equation into your Microsoft documents.

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The equation tool is simply a feature in Microsoft Word that contains a gallery of built-in equation structures or templates from which you can point and click to insert and edit whatever mathematical equation.

The equation tool, however, is not the only way to write or type math equations in Word. Using math symbol alt codes, the symbol library, and other methods, you can quickly write or type math symbols which can also help you write some basic math equations in Microsoft Word.

In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to use the Equation tool to write or type mathematical equations in any Microsoft Word document.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

NOTE: I’m using Office 365 desktop on a Windows 11, 64-bit system. However, you can use earlier versions of MS Word.

How to write Math Equations using the Equation Tool

Step 1: Launch the MS Word document where you want to write the Math Equation.

Step 2: In the document, click to position the cursor at the desired location.

Step 3: Insert the Equation editor

To do so, press [Alt] + [=] on your Keyboard. This shortcut will open the equation editor toolbar and the equation edit box. The equation edit box looks like the screenshot below:

typing negative exponents in Word - Equation text box

You can also bring up the Equation editor by going to the Insert Tab in the Symbols group. Click on the arrow next to the Equation button, then click Insert New Equation at bottom of the drop-down.

This action will bring up the equation edit box shown above and then the equation editor tab or toolbar shown below.

typing negative exponents in Word - Equation editor tab

Note: Once the Equation edit box appears, don’t click away from it. Clicking anywhere outside of the equation editor box will make the equation tab or toolbar disappear and returns to the previous editing mode. When that happens, simply click on the equation object to return the Equation tab, then click on it to display the equation toolbar again.

Step 4: Insert the equation.

Now that both the Equation toolbar and the Equation edit box are shown, navigate to the Equation tab, under the Tools group, and click on the Equation dropdown.

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This action will reveal some premade equations. Look through and click to insert the particular equation you want to write.

Note: These are just templates. So if you can’t find your desired equation, select a similar one and modify it to your liking.

Also, click the More Equation from Office to reveal more math equations

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Step 5: Edit the Equation the way you want.

Once you insert the equation, you may want to change its values to suit your needs.

After editing, simply click outside the equation to dismiss the equation toolbar.

And if you want to edit it again, all you need to do is click on the equation box to switch to editing mode.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to writing any Math Equation in Microsoft Word using the equation tool.

List of premade Equations in Word

Below is a list of 45+ equations that you can easily write in Word using the equation tool described above.

  • Binomial Theorem Equation
  • Expansion of a Sum Equation
  • Fourier Series Equation
  • Pythagorean Theorem Equation
  • Quadratic Formula Equation
Quadratic Formula Equation
  • Tylor Expansion Equation
Tylor Expansion Equation
  • Trig Identity 1 Equation
Trig Identity 1 Equation
  • Trig Identity 2 Equation
Trig Identity 2 Equation
  • Accelerated Motion Equation
Accelerated Motion Equation
  • Compound Interest Equation
Compound Interest Equation
  • First Order Logic Equation
First Order Logic Equation
  • Gaussian Integral Equation
Gaussian Integral Equation
  • Mode Locking Integral Equation
Mode Locking Integral Equation
  • Rotation Equation
Rotation Equation
  • Absolute Value Equation
Absolute Value Equation
  • Distributive Law Equation
Distributive Law Equation
  • First Law of Exponents Equation
First Law of Exponents Equation
  • First Property of Radicals Equation
First Property of Radicals Equation
  • Fraction Addition Equation
Fraction Addition Equation
  • Fraction Multiplication Equation
Fraction Multiplication Equation
  • Fractional Exponents Equation
Fractional Exponents Equation
  • Limit Equation
Limit Equation
  • Negative Exponent Equation
Negative Exponent Equation
  • Polynomial Expansion Equation
Polynomial Expansion Equation
  • Power of a Power Equation
Power of a Power Equation
  • Power of a Quotient Equation
Power of a Quotient Equation
  • Product of a sum and difference Equation
Product of a sum and difference Equation
  • Second Law of Exponents Equation
Second Law of Exponents Equation
  • Transitivity Equation
Transitivity Equation
  • Laplacian in Cartesian and Sphe Equation
Laplacian in Cartesian and Sphe Equation
  • Area of a Triangle Equation
Area of a Triangle Equation
  • Surface area of a sphere Equation
Surface area of a sphere Equation
  • Volume of a Sphere Equation
Absolute Value Equation
  • Cauchy’s Integral Equation
Cauchy’s Integral Equation
  • Divergence Theorem Equation
Divergence Theorem Equation
  • Gamma Function Equation
Gamma Function Equation
  • Stokes Theorem Equation
Stokes Theorem Equation
  • Triple Scalar Product Equation
Triple Scalar Product Equation
  • Vector Relation Equation
Vector Relation Equation
  • Newton’s Law of Gravitation Equation
Newton’s Law of Gravitation Equation
  • Newton’s Second Law Equation
Newton’s Second Law Equation
  • Plasma Dispersion Equation
Plasma Dispersion Equation
  • Taylor Series Equation
Taylor Series Equation
  • DeMoivre’s Theorem Equation
DeMoivre’s Theorem Equation
  • Trig Identity 3 Equation
Trig Identity 3 Equation
  • Trig Identity 4 Equation
Trig Identity 4 Equation

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this piece.

For any questions on how to write math equations in Word, don’t hesitate to state them in the comments below.

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