Insert or edit an equation or expression
You can insert and edit mathematical equations and expressions directly in Word and save them as templates for later reuse.
Earlier versions of Word use the Microsoft Equation Editor addin or the MathType addin. You can, however, use Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 to open and edit mathematical equations or expressions that were created in earlier versions of Word or MathType. You can also create equations or expressions that are compatible with earlier versions of Word, by using Microsoft Equation Editor. For more information about how to use Microsoft Equation Editor, see Edit an equation that was created in an earlier version of Word.
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Insert a frequently used or builtin equation or expression
To save time, you can insert a builtin equation and edit it to suit your needs instead of typing the equation character by character.

Click where you want to insert an equation or expression.

On the Document Elements tab, under Math, click the arrow next to Equation, and then select the equation or expression that you want from the equation gallery.
To edit a variable in an equation or expression, press the right or left arrow key until you highlight the variable that you want to edit. Then, hold SHIFT and press the right or left arrow key to select the variable.
Insert an equation or expression by using math symbols or builtin structures
You can write an equation or expression by selecting any combination of individual mathematical symbols and builtin mathematical structures, as shown in this example:

Click where you want to insert an equation or expression.

On the Document Elements tab, under Math, click Equation.

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Insert individual math symbols into an equation 
On the Equation Tools tab, under Math Symbols, build the equation by selecting the appropriate math symbols, and by typing variables and numbers. To see more math symbols, rest the pointer on a math symbol, and then click . 
Insert builtin math structures into an equation 
On the Equation Tools tab, under Structures, build the equation by selecting mathematical expressions from the available categories. For example, to insert a fraction, click Fraction, and then click the fraction style that you want. To edit a variable in an equation or expression, press the right or left arrow key until you highlight the variable that you want to edit. Then, hold SHIFT and press the right or left arrow key to select the variable. 

Click outside the equation or expression to exit it, and then return to the document.
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When you insert an equation or expression, Word automatically converts it to professional format. To change the equation or expression from professional format to linear , click the arrow next to the equation, and then click Linear.

To change the equation or expression into a standalone graphic, click the arrow next to the equation, and then click Change to Display. After you change the equation or expression into a standalone graphic, you can set the justification to Left, Right, Centered, or Centered as a Group.

You can use Unicode characters and Math AutoCorrect entries to replace text with symbols. For more information, see Insert a symbol.

Insert math symbols by using Math AutoCorrect
Instead of searching through the gallery of math symbols to create an equation or expression, you can use Math AutoCorrect to quickly add commonly used mathematical symbols to an equation or expression, such as the symbol for pi.

Click where you want to insert an equation or expression.

On the Document Elements tab, under Math, click Equation.

In the equation box, type a backslash followed by the friendly name or alias of the math symbol that you want to insert. For example, to insert the symbol for pi, type \pi and then press the SPACEBAR .
Edit an equation or expression

Click the equation or expression.

On the Equation Tools tab, under Math Symbols or under Structures, select the math symbols or structure that you want to add to the equation, or type or delete the variables and numbers in the equation.
To edit a variable in an equation or expression, press the right or left arrow key until you highlight the variable that you want to edit. Then, hold SHIFT and press the right or left arrow key to select the variable.

Click outside the equation or expression to exit it, and then return to the document.
Notes 
To change the equation or expression from professional format to linear , click the arrow next to the equation, and then click Linear.

To change the equation or expression into a standalone graphic, click the arrow next to the equation, and then click Change to Display. After you change the equation or expression into a standalone graphic, you can set the justification to Left, Right, Centered, or Centered as a Group.

Add an equation or expression to the list of frequently used equations or expressions

Click the equation or expression.

Click the arrow next to the equation or expression, and then click Save as New Equation.

In the Name box, type a name for the equation or expression.

On the Category popup menu, select one of the existing categories, or add a new category by typing it in the Category box. For example, My Equations.

In the Description box, type a brief description of your equation or expression, and then click OK.
Note To access the equation or expression later, on the Document Elements tab, under Math, click the arrow next to Equation, and then select the equation or expression from the gallery of equations and expressions.
Delete an equation or expression from the list of frequently used equations or expressions
When you no longer need an equation, you can delete it from the list of frequently used equations or expressions.

On the Document Elements tab, under Math, click the arrow next to Equation.

Hold down CONTROL , click the equation or expression you want to delete, and then click Delete on the shortcut menu.
Add items to the list of Math AutoCorrect entries
You can use Math AutoCorrect to quickly insert symbols that are included in the builtin list of Math AutoCorrect entries. For example, type \pi to insert the symbol for pi. If the list of builtin entries doesn't contain the corrections that you want, you can add new entries.

On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect, and then click the Math AutoCorrect tab.

In the Replace box, type a backslash that is followed by a friendly name or alias for the math symbol that you want to use. For example, \plus.

In the With box, type the symbol that you want to appear when you type a backslash with the friendly name. For example, the plus sign (+).

Click Add.
Note To delete a Math AutoCorrect entry, select the entry in the list, and then click Delete.
See also
Edit an equation that was created in an earlier version of Word