Equation editor Word 2007 Non back compatible



Apparently Word 2007 (.docx) can read and change a Word 2000 (.doc) equation.
Word 2000 with the docx to doc converted can see a .docx equation as a
graphic, pssibly misplaced on the page, but not edit it.

Is there any way to produce an equation in Word 2007 that can be dedited by
a collaborator using Word 2000?



Jay Freedman

Word 2007 still contains the Microsoft Equation 3.0 editor used in
earlier versions in addition to the newer editor, but it isn't
installed by default.

In the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, select Office 2007, choose
Change, choose to add a feature, and locate the equation editor under
Office Tools. Set it to Run From My Computer.

For occasional use, you can click Insert > Object and choose Microsoft
Equation 3.0 from the list. For frequent use this is inconvenient;
instead, install the following macro (see
http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm if needed) and add a button
for the macro to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Sub EquationEditor()
Selection.InlineShapes.AddOLEObject ClassType:="Equation.3"
End Sub

Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP
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Bob Mathews

Jay gave a pretty good answer, but what happens if the Word 2007
author uses the "new" equation editor (also known as "OMML")? The old
equation editor (Microsoft Equation 3.0) won't edit those equations,
but MathType will -- even after the document is converted to doc and
opened in Word 2000.

If you want to try it out, there's a free 30-day trial (link in my

Bob Mathews
Director of Training
Design Science, Inc.
bobm at dessci.com
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