Shortcut keys for inserting symbols and templates into the equation

In Word 2003 equations many mathematical symbols and templates can be inserted using the combination of Ctrl+K followed by key pressing (how to insert Greek symbols, see Shortcut keys for inserting Greek symbols into the equation):

To insert some symbols, you can press Ctrl+K, in the status bar of the Equation Editor dialog box you can see Symbol and then type next key:


Infinity     I - Infinity

Arrow   A - Arrow

Derivative     D - Derivative (partial)

Less than or equal to     < - Less than or equal to

Greater than or equal to     > - Greater than or equal to

Times     T - Times

Element of     E - Element of

Not an element of     Shift+E - Not an element of

Contained in    C - Contained in

Not contained in    Shift+C - Not contained in

Inserting templates in an equation using keys

Templates can be inserted using a Ctrl+character combination or a Ctrl+T, character sequence.

Note: Some key combinations are not available with Windows NT.

Parentheses    Ctrl+9 or Ctrl+0 - Parentheses

Brackets    Ctrl+[ or Ctrl+] - Brackets

Braces    Ctrl+{ or Ctrl+} - Braces

Fraction     Ctrl+F - Fraction

Slash fraction    Ctrl+/ - Slash fraction

Superscript     Ctrl+H - Superscript (high)

Subscript     Ctrl+L - Subscript (low)

Joint sub/superscript     Ctrl+J - Joint sub/superscript

Integral     Ctrl+I - Integral

Absolute value     Ctrl+T - Absolute value

Root    Ctrl+R - Root

nth root    Ctrl+T, N - nth root

Summation    Ctrl+T, S - Summation

Product    Ctrl+T, P - Product

Matrix template 3X3     Ctrl+T, M - Matrix template 3X3

Underscript      Ctrl+T, U - Underscript (limit)

All of these symbols are characters from the Symbol font, so they can also be inserted by using their Alt key character codes.

Applying embellishments in an equation using keys

You can attach an embellishment to the selected character to the left of the insertion point with keyboard shortcuts.

Overbar    Ctrl+Shift+Hyphen - Overbar

Tilde    Ctrl+Shift+~ - Tilde

Arrow (vector)    Ctrl+Alt+Hyphen - Arrow (vector)

Single prime   Ctrl+Alt+' - Single prime

Double prime   Ctrl+Shift+" - Double prime

Single dot    Ctrl+Alt+Period - Single dot