MathType Tips: Moving MathType settings to a new Mac
There are at least two reasons why you might want to move your custom
MathType settings (preference files, keyboard shortcuts, custom toolbar) to a
- You're retiring an old computer and you want to use MathType
on your new computer.
- You have a computer at work and one at home, and you want
the same MathType settings on each.
This tip covers these topics:
The first thing to do before moving your custom settings is to make sure
you've completely exited MathType on both computers. There's more to this than
simply closing the MathType windows on both computers; you also need to exit the
If you're in the habit of inserting MathType equations into Word by clicking the
"stoplight" (arrow 1 above), that's a good technique, but it doesn't close
MathType. MathType remains running in the background, which makes it operate
faster the next time you need it. To exit MathType, you need to use the Quit
command, shown by arrow 2 above. Notice the keyboard shortcut Command+Q.
One way to check to see if MathType is still running is to hold down the Command
key as you press and release Tab. If you see the "MathType blue Sigma" (as shown
below), then MathType is still running. Keep the Command key depressed as you
press & release Tab until MathType is highlighted, then release the Command
What if my new computer is
a Mac and my old one is running Windows?
If you're moving from Windows to Mac (or maybe you still use your Windows
want to also use MathType on your new Mac), the first thing to note is that your
product key for MathType/Windows will not work for MathType/Mac. You'll need to
purchase a new product key, but you will pay the upgrade price, not the new
price. After the transaction, you may use both copies of MathType.
If you are moving from a Windows, the way you ensure MathType is completely
closed is slightly different than what's described above for Mac. On your
Windows computer, just like on a Mac, there's more to it than simply closing the
MathType window. You also need to exit the MathType Server. The MathType Server
doesn’t have anything to do with a network server; its purpose is to keep
MathType open in the background so it operates faster after you first use it. Note: Another
important thing to know about the MathType Server is that if it is running, any
customizations to the toolbar or other MathType settings will not be saved until
the Server closes.
To find and close the MathType Server, look in the “Notification Area” in the
lower right of your screen, near the clock. You also need to exit the MathType
Server. The MathType Server doesn’t have anything to do with a network server;
its purpose is to keep MathType open in the background so it operates faster
after you first use it. Note: Another important thing to know about the MathType
Server is that if it is running, any customizations to the toolbar or other
MathType settings will not be saved until the Server closes.
To find and close
the MathType Server, look in the “Notification Area” in the lower right of your
screen, near the clock:
Click the MathType Server icon, then click Exit.
The process in the next section for moving the MathType Toolbar will work in
this situation. Follow the instructions below for copying your MathType toolbar,
then save it at this location on your Mac:
- On Windows, there are 2 copies of the toolbar file, toolbar.eql.
There is one in the MathType installation directory in Program
Files. This is not the custom one, and this is not the one you
need to copy to your new computer. This is the default one
that’s installed when you install MathType, and is used by
MathType to restore the factory toolbar if it ever needs to do
that. The custom toolbar is in a hidden folder at this location:
- If you look there and can’t find it, you probably don’t have
File Explorer set to show hidden files & folders. Here's how to
- Windows 8 and later: At the
top of the File Explorer window, click View and
tick the box next to Hidden Items:
Windows 7/Vista/XP: In
the File Explorer Tools menu,
click Folder options.
Click the View tab,
and about midway down the Advanced
settings window, in
the Hidden files and
select Show hidden files
Once you do that, you should be
able to see the AppData folder
mentioned above, and this is
where your custom toolbar will
be. Copy it and move it to your
new computer at the location
given in the next section.
Move or copy the custom MathType
There are 2 copies of
the toolbar file, toolbar.eql, on your computer. There is one in the MathType
installation directory in your Applications folder. This is not the custom toolbar, and this is
not the one you need to copy to your new computer. This is the default one
that's installed when you install MathType, and is used by MathType to restore
the factory toolbar if it ever needs to do that. Here's how to find the custom
- The MathType customizable toolbar is
located in your user Library folder. Please note this is a
HIDDEN folder, and is NOT the
Library folder you'll find at "Macintosh HD/Library".
- To open the hidden Library folder,
open a Finder window, and in the menu bar, click the Go menu.
- With the Go menu expanded, hold down the alt/option
key, and you'll see Library appear, beneath Home.
- Keep holding alt/option while you click Library.
- Inside Library, click Application Support. Save your
toolbar file there.
Move or copy MathType keyboard
shortcuts and other settings
Note this is possible, but is an involved process, and fairly touchy, so we
don't provide instructions here. If this is critical to you, please
email us and we'll try to help.
Move or copy
MathType preference files and other translators
One of MathType's most powerful features is the ability to save and load
"preference files", which save your font information and spacing settings. If
you have custom preference files and/or custom MathType output translators, copy
these 2 folders and install them onto the new computer as well:
After you finish copying these
files to your new computer, all your MathType settings should be restored.
Reboot if you want, but it's not necessary.
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