Insert mathematical symbols

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In Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can insert mathematical symbols into equations.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click the arrow under Equation, and then click Insert New Equation.

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  1. Under Equation Tools, on the Design tab, in the Symbols group, click the More arrow Button image.
  2. Click the arrow next to the name of the symbol set, and then click the name of the symbol set that you want to display.
  3. Click the symbol that you want to insert.

 Note   If the Equation button is not available, you may be working in Compatibility Mode. Compatibility Mode ensures that no new or enhanced features in Office Word 2007 are available while you are working with a document, so that people who are using previous versions of Word will have full editing capabilities. For more information on how to convert a document to Office Word 2007 and leave Compatibility Mode, see Use Word 2007 to open documents created in previous versions of Word.

Available symbol sets

The following mathematical symbol sets are available in Office Word 2007.

Symbol set Subset Definition
Basic Math None Commonly used mathematical symbols, such as > and <
Greek Letters Lowercase Lowercase letters from the Greek alphabet
Uppercase Uppercase letters from the Greek alphabet
Letter-Like Symbols None Symbols that resemble letters
Operators Common Binary Operators Symbols that act on two quantities, such as + and ÷
Common Relational Operators Symbols that express a relationship between two expressions, such as = and ~
Basic N-ary Operators Operators that act across a range of variables or terms
Advanced Binary Operators Additional symbols that act on two quantities
Advanced Relational Operators Additional symbols that express a relationship between two expressions
Arrows None Symbols that indicate direction
Negated Relations None Symbols that express a negated relationship
Scripts Scripts The mathematical Script typeface
Frakturs The mathematical Fraktur typeface
Double-Struck The mathematical double-struck typeface
Geometry None Commonly used geometric symbols
Applies to:
Word 2007