Letters in Equations


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elijahjt

I'm trying to use Word 2007's built-in equation functionality, but often
times when I try to type a letter in an equation (e.g. y=2x), the letters (so
the y and the x) just show up as boxes. The only way it seems I can get it
working is to copy and paste from a previous equation that worked with
letters, clear out the irrelevant equation and type in the new one. However,
I feel there MUST be a better way of doing this. Any help would be
appreciated.
 
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Graham Mayor

The 'old' equation editor is included with Office 2007 and works just as
before. It is not installed by default so you will need to re-run Office
setup from the Windows add or remove programs applet to add it. You can then
insert as an object as in earlier versions.

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Pesach Shelnitz

Hi,

Graham's solution may be exactly what you want, but since I am happily using
the Word 2007 Equation Editor, I would like to try to help you use it also.
To add an inline equation such as y = 2x as you are tying a sentence, do just
the following and nothing else unless you want to add something to the
equation.
1. Press Alt+=.
2. Type y=2x (with no spaces).
3. Press End.
4. Continue typing the rest of your sentence.

To add a "display" equation (an equation on a separate line), do as follows.
1. Press Enter.
2. Type y=2x (with no spaces).
3. Press End.
4. Press Enter.
 
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Pesach Shelnitz

Hi again,

Oops! I left out a step for creating a "display" equation. The correct steps
are:

To add a "display" equation (an equation on a separate line), do as follows.
1. Press Enter.
2. Press Alt+=.
3. Type y=2x (with no spaces).
4. Press End.
5. Press Enter.
 

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