Authoring MathML equations with Microsoft's Equation Builder is simple and easy, and the equations are natively supported by our server-side *Import DOCX* or *Modify DOCX* workflow actions without requiring any additional software or configuration.

## Insert an equation

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

To type an equation from scratch, choose **Insert → Equation** and select **Insert New Equation **from the bottom of the built-in equation gallery. This inserts an equation placeholder where you can type your equation.

TIP Press **Alt** + **=** on your keyboard to quickly insert a new equation.

## Change or edit an equation

To change or edit an equation that was previously written:

- Select the equation, which will show
**Equation Tools**in the ribbon;

NOTE If you don't see

**Equation Tools**in the ribbon when you select an equation, it may have been created using*Equation 3.0*or using an add-in like MathType. Rather than recreating it from scratch, you can use GrindEQ Math Utilities to convert*Equation 3.0*and*MathType*objects into Microsoft Equation format. - Choose the
**Design**tab to see tools for adding various elements to your equation:**Symbols**. Click the arrow in the upper right corner of the gallery to see other symbol sets.**Structures**. Choose a structure to insert and then replace the placeholders with your own values.**Conversion**. Use*Professional*to display the current or all equations in a professional format optimized for display; use*Linear*to display the equation in either*UnicodeMath*format or*LaTeX*format.

**Format****Input****Output**UnicodeMath `a/(b+c)`

LaTeX `\frac{a}{b+c}`

For more information about creating equations or formulas in Microsoft Word, see Write an equation or formula and Linear format equations using UnicodeMath and LaTex in Word.

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