Working with Microsoft Equation

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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:

Equations button in Word 365

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:

Inline and in Display mode in Word 365

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+=.
New equation in Word 365

Word for Microsoft 365 opens the Equation tab:

Equation Tools Design in Word 365

Word for Microsoft 365 provides two formats of equations: Professional and Linear:

Equation present in Word 365

By default, uses the Professional present, but if you ever need Linear, do one of the following:

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