Equation Editor (Microsoft Equation 3.0) was included in previous versions of Word but has removed from all versions that have installed the January 2018 Public Update (PU). See Error when editing an equation in Officefor details. The content below describes this feature for users who have not installed this update.
Important: Equation Editor 3.0 objects will still display normally, however users can only edit these equations by downloading the MathType software tools provided by WIRIS. See MathType desktop for Equation Editor users.
Insert an equation with Equation Editor

On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Object.

In the Object dialog box, click the Create New tab.

In the Object type box, click Microsoft Equation 3.0, and then click OK.

Use the symbols, templates, or frameworks on the Equation toolbar to edit the equation.

In Word, Excel, or Outlook, to return to your document, click anywhere in the document.
In PowerPoint, to return to the presentation, in Equation Editor, on the File menu, click Exit and Return to Presentation.
Edit an equation in Equation Editor
If you used Equation Editor to insert an equation, you can also edit that equation in Equation Editor.

Doubleclick the equation object that you want to edit.

Use the symbols, templates, or frameworks on the Equation toolbar to edit the equation.

In Word, Excel, or Outlook, to return to your document, click anywhere in the document.
In PowerPoint, to return to the presentation, in Equation Editor, on the File menu, click Exit and Return to Presentation.
Insert an equation with Equation Editor

On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Object.

In the Object dialog box, click the Create New tab.

In the Object type box, click Microsoft Equation 3.0.
If Equation Editor is not available, you may need to install it.
Install Equation Editor

Exit all programs.

Click Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

In the Currently installed programs box, click Microsoft Office <suite> 2007, and then click Change.

On the Change your installation of Microsoft Office <suite> 2007. screen, click Add or Remove Features, and then click Continue.

On the Installation Options tab, click the expand indicator (+) next to Office Tools.

Click the arrow next to Equation Editor, and then click Run from My Computer.

Click Continue.

After the Equation Editor installation is complete, restart the Office program you were using.


In the Object dialog box, click OK.

Use the symbols, templates, or frameworks on the Equation toolbar to edit the equation.

In Word, Excel, or Outlook, to return to your document, click anywhere in the document.
In PowerPoint, to return to the presentation, in Equation Editor, on the File menu, click Exit and Return to Presentation.
Edit an equation in Equation Editor
If you used Equation Editor to insert an equation, you can edit that equation in Equation Editor.

Doubleclick the equation object that you want to edit.

Use the symbols, templates, or frameworks on the Equation toolbar to edit the equation.

In Word, Excel, or Outlook, to return to your document, click anywhere in the document.
In PowerPoint, to return to the presentation, in Equation Editor, on the File menu, click Exit and Return to Presentation.
To learn how to use builtin equations by using the Equation button, see Write, insert, or change an equation.