# Working with Microsoft Equation

**Microsoft Equation**helps you add fractions, exponents, integrals, and so on to Word documents. You start building an equation by opening

**Microsoft Equation**:

To open the **Microsoft Equation**, do one of the following:

- Choose
**Insert -> Object...**tab to open the**Object**dialog box:

Choose**Microsoft Equation 3.0**from the**Object type**list, and click**OK**. - Click the
**Microsoft Equation**button in the toolbar. - If you have any equation in your document, double-click in it.
- Select any equation in your document and press
**Alt+Shift+F9**.

The **Equation Editor** opens:

**Equation Editor Toolbar** contains dozens of equation templates. Within each button on the toolbar, there are several tools available. Simply click on a button to see the tools contained in each. How to create an equation step-by step, see:

**Normal**or**Gaussian distribution**in tip How to insert an equation with fractions, square roots and exponents:**Gauss's law**, also known as**Gauss's flux theorem**in tip How to insert an equation with integral:**Electromagnetic tensor**in tip How to insert an equation with matrix:

For more details about equations see Setting font size and styles in an equation and Adjusting spacing and alignment in an equation.

You can also use the keyboard to move around in an equation, for more details see Keystrokes for Moving the Cursor within an Equation.

* Note:* To use external to word, you can use the executable path:

*"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Equation\EQNEDT32.EXE"*

You can create a shortcut for this and placed it on the desktop.