## Editing Math with Microsoft Word

Dennis Silverman, UC Irvine, Physics and Astronomy
• In introductory courses, much math can be edited without using the equation editor.
• ctrl+= goes into subscript mode.
• ctrl+space goes back to normal mode.
• ctrl+shift+= goes into superscript mode.
• Insert-Symbol gives the symbol sets in symbol and math fonts.
• The symbol window also allows keystrokes to be mapped, so that - gives the longer minus symbol, etc.
• The keyboard can be mapped so that alt+a gives alpha, etc.
• The keyboard can be mapped so that alt+shift+d gives capital Delta, etc.
• The keyboard can be mapped to give
• alt+0 gives degree
• alt+ampersand gives proportional to
• alt+\$ gives partial derivative
• alt+shift+0 gives infinity
• General Word keyboard shortcuts:
• ctrl+x cut
• ctrl+c copy
• ctrl+v paste
• ctrl+z undo
• ctrl+shift+space gives a nonbreaking space to hold equations together at the end of lines.
• There is an Equation Field for typing equations in text that provides fractions, etc.
• It is accessed by Insert - Field - Eq on the menus and windows.
• fraction is \f(num, denom)
• integral with limits is \i(lower, upper, integrand  )
• box is \x(expr)
• overstrike is \o(expr)
• superscript 1 is \s(1)
• subscript 2 is \s( ,2), where you must leave a space before the comma
• superscript 1 + subscript 2 is \s(1,2)
• a 2 dim array is \a
• A template can be written to make a button to access Field Eq directly.
• Using Tools-Template-Record, you can set up the template button on the toolbar.
• To make the template, you record going to Field and then two clicks on the right scrool bar, then choosing EQ, then clicking on the EQ line, and entering something simple such as \f(1,2) return, for 1/2.  Then press stop record on the record window.
• When you click on the new EQ template button, the 1/2 appears as a vertical fraction.
• If you then backspace to highlight the fraction, and right mouse click, you can toggle to the EQ format right in your document.
• You then replace the 1 and the 2 in 1/2 with any other fraction, or add more EQ functions in the bracket.
• You then do a right mouse click to toggle back to the text mode.
• You can set up an expression for easy repeating using AutoText.
• The expression can even be done as an equation or a symbol like a vector constructed using equation, or an equation field.
• Select the expression by dragging with the mouse, and then use
• Insert-AutoText-New, and name it.  (Previous TeX users might use the backslash \ as the start of the \name.)
• Every time you want the expression again, just type its \name and press F3.
• You can box equations by using the rectangle in the drawing toolbar.  However, when you do this you must
• Format Autoshape
• set the Fill Color as No Fill, or it covers over the equation, even if the color is white.
• You can also change the Line Color of the box and modify the line.
• Then press Set Autoshape Defaults to keep this as the default.
• If you know of more ideas, or have a good template for equation typing, please e-mail me at djsilver@uci.edu.  I would especially like to know if it is possible to color equations made with the equation editor.
• There is a separate page of Word Equation Editor shortcuts.