Word 2013, 2010, or 2007: Enable Equation Editor

How to install the Microsoft Word 2013, 2010, or 2007 Equation Editor and you’ll be able to make math equations within Word documents.

Word 2013

For Word 2013, the Equation Editor should be available by default. Simply select the “Insert” tab and choose “Equation“.

Word 2010 & 2007

Windows 8, 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 select “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. Select “Continue” and the Equation Editor will be take a few minutes to install. When complete, select “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. Select 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.


Why is the equation editor selection grayed out?

You may have saved your document in a format that does not support the Equation Editor. Try selecting “File” > “Save As…” and save the document as a “.docx” file or “File” > “Convert” to update the document to the latest format.


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