# 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

**Equation**:

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 add 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 ** add** your own equation, do one of the following:

- On the
**Insert**tab, in the**Symbols**group, click the arrow next to**Equation**, 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 **Design** tab under **Equation Tools**:

Word 2016 provides two formats of equations: **Professional** and **Linear**:

By default, uses the **Professional** present, but if you ever need **Linear**, select
the equation(s) you want to change, under **Equation Tools**, on the **Design** tab,
in the **Conversions** group, in the **Convert** drop-down list, choose the appropriate
option:

**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 the tip How to insert an equation with integral:- Electromagnetic tensor in the tip
How to insert an equation with matrix:
- One of
**De Morgan's law**in the tip How to insert a Boolean algebra equation: - The formula of limit in the tip
How to insert an equation with a limit:
**Euler's formula**in the tip How to insert an equation with trigonometric functions:- A
**system of linear equations**in the tip How to insert an equation with a system of linear equations or linear system:

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.