# How to write algebraic expressions with MS Word

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Hi, Does anyone know a quick and easy way of writing algebraic expressions that I can then paste in a MS Word document?

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There is an equation editor somewhere (see insert object). You can download external equation editors. You can render a PS or PDF using Latex and insert it. But to be honest, in practice you should simply not be using Word (or any office program) to show equations.

Greetz,

Illco

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I'm not sure of the complexity of your expressions, but I was always taught to use Microsoft's Equation Editor. Click Insert->Object->Microsoft Equation X.X. You should be able to convert those equations into images for use in other documents as well. If you do not see Microsoft Equation in the Word's object list, you probably never installed it. In that case, whip out your Word install CD and add that component.

If your expressions are simple enough though, you may be able to just get away with writing them in a formal-looking font such as Courier.

Illco,
What programs would you recommend for writing equations outside Word?

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As I said: Latex is the bomb for this. Nearly all scientific articles including formulas are written using it. It has a steep learning curve but once you get the idea and some basic constructs you are on a very nice way.

Basically it is like programming your document -- using all kinds of constructs. For example an equation would be written like so:
C[i,j] = \sqrt{|f^2(x_i,y_j)|+|g^2(x_i,y_j)|}

It also does automatic cross referencing, indexing, layout, etc, etc. As long as you don't want too much control and are happy with the defaults it is bliss. As soon as you want something slightly different you're in trouble. More or less anyway.

Greetz,

Illco

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I like skittleo's idea. I googled the string "equation editor MS Word" and found a page with info and how to install the equation editor. Too bad I've misplaced my Office CD. :(

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