How to type equations in Word?

Saint Asky
Aug 10, 2018 · 3 min read

Word provides formula input functionality, but entering formulas in Word is very difficult (Difficulty ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆).

In the “Insert-Formula”, you can input, but each time you encounter a large number of inputs with square, root, derivative, integral, etc., the input speed is very slow and the efficiency is very low. And the equation numbering is quite poor.

So, is there a more convenient way to type formulas?

Still using Word (Difficulty ★ ★ ★ ☆)

Checkout Linear format equations using UnicodeMath and LaTeX in Word. It’s very useful for experienced LaTeX users who can imagine the whole picture in my mind and remember all the shortkeys.

To insert an equation using the keyboard, press ALT+ =, and then type the equation.

You can insert equation symbols outside a math region by using Math AutoCorrect. For more information, see Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of math regions check box.

You can also create math equations using on the keyboard using a combination of keywords and math autocorrect codes. New to Word for Office 365 subscribers is the ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax; details described below.

Using a WYSIWYG equation editor (Difficulty ★ ☆)

There are many formula editors on the market. See this wiki page for more details. Around all this, I recommend you AxMath, which is an interactive WYSIWYG equation editor supports both Word and LaTeX.

You can download the free trial version in The free version contains most of the features including Semantic Math Input and LaTeX conversion.

After installation, a Word add-on will appear on the ribbon menu. You can insert AxMath equations into Word documents by the clipboard or by the insert object menu. But it is recommended that you always use the add-in buttons, if it is available, to insert equations because they work properly with the set equation preferences commands that help ensure consistency between the equations in your documents. The AxMath’s add-in provides 4 commands for inserting AxMath equations into Word documents.

Also, AxMath provides various formats for equation numbering.

The numbering commands allow you to insert equation numbers and references to the numbers in a Word document in a variety of formats. Both numbers and references are automatically updated whenever you add new equation numbers to the document or delete equation numbers from it.

Equation numbers are independent from the equations in a Word document. The equation number is not automatically deleted when you delete a equation. Similarly, an equation reference is actually a reference to an equation number, rather than a reference to the equation itself.


AxMath workflow seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Word. You can enter numbered formulas in Word and easily adjust formula styles.

Checkout the AxMath Manual for more details!

The official website is , download AxMath now!

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