# How to Insert Equation in Word

Microsoft Equation Editor was available in earlier versions of MS Word. However, developers discontinued and replaced the feature with a new equation editor for all versions released after January 2018. So, if you also struggle with how to insert equation in Word online, this article is for you. We have explained everything in great detail including how to use Microsoft equation editor shortcuts.

**How to Insert Equation in Word**

Using the equation editor in MS Word is no big task. Nonetheless, it still troubles netizens as they find it complex. This is a pretty helpful feature that aids the user in inserting complex symbols, structures, and equations like a pro. Continue reading this article to understand how it works.

**What is Microsoft Equation Editor?**

Microsoft Equation Editor is an in-built feature in MS Word that can be used to insert equations in Word. You do not have to download Microsoft equation editor as MS Word comes **pre-equipped** with the feature.

- It consists of
**preset equation templates**that can be edited and used accordingly. The top row of the toolbar consists of more than 150 symbols and the bottom row contains presets of fractions, radicals, summations, integrals, etc. - It enables users to
**build complex equations**using the toolbar which consists of a wide range of symbols.

**How to Insert Equation in Word Online**

Now that you know well about the equation editor in Word, let us move forward with how to do it.

1. Browse online MS Word on your Windows laptop.

2. Open the **Word document** in which you wish to insert the equation.

3. Next, click on the **Insert **tab from the set of toolbars on the top.

4. Click on the **Equation **option next to Symbol and choose the required symbols or structures for the document.

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**How to Use Microsoft Equation Editor in Word Online?**

To know how to use Microsoft Equation Editor, all you have to do is follow the below-mentioned steps:

1. Browse online **MS Word** on your Windows laptop.

2. Open the **document** where you need the equation.

3. Next, click on the **Insert **and then on **Equation**.

4. Enter your Microsoft equation editor shortcuts in the space provided below Equation Tools.

5. Finally, click on **Insert on page** option.

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**How to Insert Equation in Word 2007?**

Below we have mentioned the different methods to understand how to do it offline in MS Office app, specifically focussing on Word 2007 onwards.

**Method 1: Insert Preset Equations**

Follow the below-mentioned steps to insert equation in Word by using the in-built presets:

1. Click on the **Insert** option in the menu bar.

2. Then, click on **Equation** on the toolbar.

3. Scroll down and click on the required **equation**.

The selected equation will appear in your working area and you can edit it accordingly.

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**Method 2: Insert Equation ****Manually **

Follow the steps listed below to create an equation manually on MS Word:

1. Click on the **Insert** option in the menu bar.

2. Then, click on the **Equation** icon on the toolbar.

3. Now, click on the **Insert New Equation** option.

4. In your working area, **Type your Equation** dialogue box will appear.

You can further create the equation manually by using the symbols and structures from toolbar.

**Method 3: Insert Equation using Keyboard Shortcuts**

To insert equation in MS Word using keyboard shortcuts follow the below-mentioned steps:

1. Press **Alt and = keys **to display the Type equation dialogue box in the working area.

2. Type the symbol name using **followed by the symbol name**. For example, type **theta.**

3. Press **spacebar** key to convert it to the equation.

This is how you can insert equation in Word using keyboard shortcuts.

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**Most Common Microsoft Equation Editor Shortcuts**

Here are the common equation editor shortcuts you may need for your Word documents:

Shortcut | To insert |

infty | ∞ |

rightarrow | → |

leftarrow | ← |

downarrow | ↓ |

nearrow | ↗ |

searrow | ↘ |

nwarrow | ↖ |

swarrow | ↙ |

leftrightarrow | ↔ |

Rightarrow | ⇒ |

Uparrow | ⇑ |

partial | 𝜕 |

le | ≤ |

ll | ≪ |

acdot b | 𝑎⋅𝑏 |

**Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)**

**Q1. What is the shortcut for insert Equation?**

**Ans.** To use the keyboard shortcut for inserting an equation, press **alt + = keys **simultaneously.

**Q2. Where is the equation tab in Word?**

**Ans. **To find the Equation tab, go to **Insert **and click on **Equation**.

**Q3. How do I get Microsoft equation editor**

**Ans.** Microsoft equation editor is an in-built feature that spares you from the hassle of downloading thing separately. Thus, you can find it after clicking on **Insert** tab at the top.

**Recommended**

Microsoft equation editor is a life savior for many users. Although it is quite easy to understand, some people still consider it a tough nut to crack. We hope this article helped you in understanding **how to insert equation in Word **2007 version and above. If so, let us know your reviews and suggestions in the comments down below.