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Maths symbols in Word

Sunday, 14 January 2007 | 8 Comments

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Bronwyn on  15 January 07  at  09:35 AM #
Why, if someone is using Word, not use Equation Editor which comes with Word. The symbols are there, easy to access and easy to create an sort of expression. I use Word, but we have MathType – a more sophisticated version of Equation Editor, but just as easy to use. It allows me to easily transfer between PC at home and Mac at school.
Lloyd Brown on  15 January 07  at  09:51 AM #
For myself I hugely appreciate those heyboard shortcuts that u have included and I will use them frequently … Thnx heaps [img][/img] We also have a program that is a macro in word “fxequation”. This program is really really excellent if you want to type in a fully worked solution for a problem or something similar. I would never use it simply to find a divide sign.
Ian Ross on  15 January 07  at  10:43 AM #
I use fxequation for equations and other symbolic phrases as the school has a licence and it seems easier to use than equation editor. For one off symbols, I’ll be using your cheat sheet. Thanks.
Simon Job on  15 January 07  at  11:28 AM #
Bronwyn, the methods in this post are meant for the occasion that you just want a multiplication symbol or Ï€, not a full equation. Inserting a symbol is much quicker than starting up and wrestling with Equation Editor. Also with Equation Editor at least, I don’t know about MathType and fxequation, once you start putting a couple of equations on a page it can bog down your computer. Using symbols where you can will make a document much lighter. So, with the symbols here you could write [i]A[/i]=π[i]r[/i]² much quicker. Lloyd and Ian, thanks – I will have a look at [url=""]fxequation[/url].
Bronwyn on  15 January 07  at  08:31 PM #
Fair enough Simon, certainly if all you want is pi or theta or the degree sign it is a pain to go into equation editor/math type. I am fortunate that I have a laptop so I can use the shortcut method there – I have simple shortcuts for the degree sign and pi – but I will pass these on to friends at school. I’m going to take note of the multiply and divide codes though – they’ll be great for Year 7/8 work.
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Øistein Gjøvik on  02 January 09  at  10:45 PM #
Hi, Norwegian blogger here. I have written an article in Norwegian about the mathematics in Word 2007, so I got a bit interested here. I was just curious whether anyone knows if these codes could work in W2007? They don't in the Norwegian version. Anyway, the new equation editor in W07 is is to bring up an it formats your typing as you go along into pretty mathematical print. 😊
Simon on  03 January 09  at  06:00 AM #
Hi, I personally don't have a copy of Word 2007, but I did get someone else to try both methods for me and it worked as described above. Maybe the character mappings are different for your alphabet, but my understanding is that the second method is using Unicode, a standard, so it shouldn't matter what region/country settings you have.

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