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TechNote #156: Last modified: 08/14/2017

Can't change the font of a MathType equation number


The information in this document applies to:

 

  • MathType for Windows
  • MathType for Mac
  • Microsoft Word for Windows
  • Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac

Issue

You have tried to change the font of MathType's equation numbers from Calibri 11 to Times New Roman 12, clicking every button and selecting every dropdown. You've done everything you can think of, but nothing works, including the "Format Equation Numbers" dialog. 


Reason

Equation numbers that are inserted by MathType are simply text, so they can be styled like any other text in Word. There's more to it than that though; read on...

Setting default font for equation numbers

  1. Even though MathType does not control the font Word uses for equation numbers, MathType does provide a style for this, and by controlling the definition of this style, you can control which font and font styles Word will use for equation numbers. This style is named MTDisplayEquation. This style is not included by default on Word's Style Gallery, nor does it exist before you insert a display equation into the current document.

    (If you're using Word 2011 on a Mac, skip to item 2a.)

  2. To find the MTDisplayEquation style and modify it, click the dialog launcher at the lower corner of the Styles group of the Home tab: dialog launcher. When you do that, you'll see the MTDisplayEquation style at or near the top of the Styles panel (screen shot on left below). If you hover the mouse over that style, you can see the complete definition for that style. (You’ll also see the MTEquationSection style; we recommend leaving that one alone.)

    1. If you're using a Mac, click the Manage styles icon on Word's Home tab: Manage Styles icon in Word 2011. When you do that, you'll see the MTDisplayEquation style at or near the top of the Styles panel (screen shot on the right below). If you hover the mouse over that style, you can see the complete definition for that style. (You’ll also see the MTEquationSection style; we recommend leaving that one alone.)

Styles pane on Windows Styles pane on the Mac
Styles pane in Word 2016 for Windows. Similar appearance in other versions of Word for Windows. Styles pane in Word 2011 for Mac.          
  1. Click the downward-pointing triangle to the right of the MTDisplayEquation label, then Modify ("Modify Style..." on the Mac), and you'll have an opportunity to change the style's definition. You can also choose whether you want to apply bold, italic, or underline styling to the equation numbers within your document.

  2. Note that these changes will affect only the equation numbers. The equation itself is not affected, nor are equation references.


We hope this has been helpful. As always, please let us know if you have questions about this, or if you have additional techniques that work. We'd love to hear from you.


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