Write an equation

Note: Microsoft Equation Editor 3.0 isn't supported in Office 2016 or Office 2013.

Word 2013 or 2016 includes equations that you can drop into your documents—no formatting required. If the built-in equations don’t meet your needs, you can modify them or you can build your own sophisticated equation from scratch.

To insert a built-in equation, click Insert > Equation and choose the equation you want from the gallery.

Insert equation

If you’d rather start from scratch, type Alt+= or choose Insert New Equation at the bottom of the gallery.

Insert New Equation

After you insert the equation or the placeholder for your new equation, you’ll see Equation Tools for customizing and adding various elements to your equation.

Equation Tools

To learn more about editing equations, see Change an equation.

You can also use Math AutoCorrect codes to type most equations quickly.

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