Sunday, 17 July 2011

Quick Tip: Creating Equations faster in Microsoft Word

While Microsoft Word wasn't really built to write equations (if you really want to do equations, look up LaTeX (not to be confused with latex)), recent editions of Word for windows have added features from LaTeX to help write up equations more easily.

If you're on Windows, and have Word 2007 or 2010, then try this:
Press Alt and = to quickly place an equation the document.

Then start typing your equations. If you have a greek letter to put in there type it like this: \alpha or \beta or \gamma. Also, you can create fractions by simply putting in equations in the right brackets like (\alpha + \beta)/(\gamma).

Also you can use ^ to do a superscript, like x^2 to make x2. To do a subscript use _ like x_0 to make x0.

As far as I know, there's no way of making this work as well on Microsoft Word for mac, but if someone has any tips on how to do this, I'm all ears.

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