Insert mathematical symbols

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In Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can insert mathematical symbols into equations.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click the arrow under Equation, and then click Insert New Equation.

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  2. Under Equation Tools, on the Design tab, in the Symbols group, click the More arrow Button image .

  3. Click the arrow next to the name of the symbol set, and then click the name of the symbol set that you want to display.

  4. Click the symbol that you want to insert.

Note: If the Equation button is not available, you may be working in Compatibility Mode. Compatibility Mode ensures that no new or enhanced features in Office Word 2007 are available while you are working with a document, so that people who are using previous versions of Word will have full editing capabilities. For more information on how to convert a document to Office Word 2007 and leave Compatibility Mode, see Use Word 2007 to open documents created in previous versions of Word.

Available symbol sets

The following mathematical symbol sets are available in Office Word 2007.

Symbol set



Basic Math


Commonly used mathematical symbols, such as > and <

Greek Letters


Lowercase letters from the Greek alphabet


Uppercase letters from the Greek alphabet

Letter-Like Symbols


Symbols that resemble letters


Common Binary Operators

Symbols that act on two quantities, such as + and ÷

Common Relational Operators

Symbols that express a relationship between two expressions, such as = and ~

Basic N-ary Operators

Operators that act across a range of variables or terms

Advanced Binary Operators

Additional symbols that act on two quantities

Advanced Relational Operators

Additional symbols that express a relationship between two expressions



Symbols that indicate direction

Negated Relations


Symbols that express a negated relationship



The mathematical Script typeface


The mathematical Fraktur typeface


The mathematical double-struck typeface



Commonly used geometric symbols

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