Word 2010/2007: Enable Equation Editor

Install the Microsoft Word 2010 or 2007 Equation Editor and you’ll be able to make math equations within Word documents.

Windows 7/Vista

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Select Uninstall a program in the Programs section. (Don’t worry, we’re not going to uninstall anything.)

3. Select your installation of Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office in the list and select the Change button.

Change Word 2010 Install

4. Choose Add or Remove Features and click Continue.

Office 2010 Add Remove Features option

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

Office 2010 Enabling Equation Editor selection

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

Equation Editor in Word 2010


Windows XP

1. Go to Control Panel

2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.

3. Click once on the Microsoft Office 2010/2007 entry and click Change.

4. Select Add or Remove Features, and click Continue.

5. Click the plus sign next to Office Tools.

6. Click Equation Editor, and select Run from My Computer.

7. Click Continue. Click Close when the install is complete. The Equation Editor will be available under the Insert menu.


  1. doc says

    Thanks! Finally, someone who could give me a straightforward answer on how to accomplish this. Why does Microsoft always make even the simplest task an aggravating PITA?

  2. Cleber Junior says

    Muito Obrigado!!! Me salvou!!
    Thanks!!! You saved me!!! I really Forgot how to do this…

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