How to Enable Equation Editor in Microsoft Word

In this article, learn how to install the Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2010, or 2016 Equation Editor and you can easy make math equations within Word documents.

For Word 2013 & 2016

For Word 2013 and 2016, the Equation Editor should be available by default. Simply click the “Insert” tab and select “Equation” under the “Symbols” section.

If the Equation option is not availbe, you may have to click “File” and select Options. Go to Customize Ribbon, select “All Commands” in the “Choose commands from” menu, then add “Symbols” to the tabs listed on the right side of the pane.

Or you can also click “Reset“, to set the ribbon and tabs back to their default settings.

For Word 2007 & 2010

1. Go to Control Panel.

2. Click on “Uninstall a program” in the “Programs” section. (Don’t panic, we’re not going to uninstall anything.)

3. Find your installation of Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office in the list and click the “Change” button.

4. Select “Add or Remove Features” and click “Continue“.

5. Click the plus sign next to “Office Tools“, then select “Equation Editor” > “Run from My Computer“.

6. Click “Continue” and the Equation Editor will be take a few minutes to install. After finished, click “Close” and it will be available under the “Insert” menu.

Why is the equation editor selection grayed out?

You may have saved your document in a format that does not support the Equation Editor. In order to fix this issue, selecting “File” > “Convert” to update the document to the latest format or clicking “File” and select “Save As…” and save the document as a “.docx” file.

Or you can also create a new copy of the document. Click “Save As” and then select the location and the folder where you want to save the new copy. In the “File name” box, type a new name for the document, and then click Word Document in the “Save as” type list. Make sure the checkbox next to “Maintain compatibility with Previous versions of Word” is unselected.

Hope something helps you.

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