Adjusting spacing and alignment in an equation

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Word for Microsoft 365 automatically handles formatting; nonetheless, you can manually adjust the spacing and alignment of equations.

How to add an equation in your document, see Working with Microsoft Equation.

In Word for Microsoft 365, you can adjust the spacing and alignment in an equation like a regular text. The unique format is using for a matrix equation.

To adjusting spacing and alignment in a matrix equation, do the following:

   1.   Select any simple element of your matrix (not the fraction or so on). See how to insert an equation with matrix.

   2.   Right-click in the selected item and:

  • To change spacing, choose Matrix Spacing... in the popup menu:
    Matrix Spacing in Word 365

    Word opens the Matrix Alignment and Spacing dialog box:

    Matrix spacing in Word 365

    You can change any parameters and click OK.

  • To change the matrix alignment, choose Matrix Alignment in the popup menu:
    Matrix Alignment in Word 365
  • You can also change the column alignment by choosing Column Alignment in the popup menu:
    Column Alignment in Word 365

See also this tip in French: Ajuster l'espacement et l'alignement dans une équation.

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