# 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 insert an equation in your document, on the **Insert** tab, in the **Symbols** group, click the arrow next to **Equations**:

You can use the vertical scroll bar in the **Gallery** to display additional equations (how to add an equation into the **Gallery**, see How to add your own equation to the Equation gallery). If you see what you want, click it to insert it at the current insertion point in the document. If you insert it into an otherwise empty paragraph, the equation defaults to appearing in Display mode. If the equation is on the same line as text, it appears in Inline mode:

To write your own equation, do one of the following:

- On the
**Insert**tab, in the**Symbols**group, click the arrow next to**Equations**, and then click**Insert New Equation**, - on the
**Insert**tab, in the**Symbols**group, click the**Equation**button, - or simply press
**Alt+=**.

Word 2016 opens the **Equation Tools Design** ribbon:

Word 2016 provides two ways to present equations: **Professional** and **Linear**:

By default uses the professional present, but if you ever need linear, simply select the equation(s) you want to change, and click the appropriate tool near the left end of the **Equation Tools Design** tab:

**Equation Tools Design** tab 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 the 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 the 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.

See also this tip in French: Comment insérer des équations dans Microsoft Word.