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Inserting Math Equations
2. If necessary, open the Font drop-down list and select the font from which the
symbol should be selected. The default is normal text, which displays the symbols
from the font currently in use.
3. Click the symbol you want to insert.
4. Click Insert.
5. Click Close.
Inserting Math Equations
Math has its own language, complete with special symbols and syntax, and even special
types of line breaks, dividers, and superscript/subscript requirements. It’s no wonder,
then, that most text-editing programs are inadequate for expressing complex mathematical
equations.
PowerPoint 2013 includes the same robust Equation Editor utility that is in Microsoft Word;
you can use it to construct and format any equation you need. This makes PowerPoint use-
ful for math classes, for example, and for scientifi c and technical presentations.
Inserting a Preset Equation
In algebra and trigonometry, certain equations are used frequently, such as the
Pythagorean Theorem and the quadratic formula. Instead of re-creating them each time
you need them, you can insert them as a preset equation from Word.
Follow these steps to insert an equation preset:
1. Click in a text box.
2. On the Insert tab, click the down arrow below the Equation button to open its
gallery.
3. Click one of the presets.
Creating a New Equation
If none of the presets match your needs, create a new, blank equation object instead by
clicking the Equation button (click its face, not its down arrow). The Equation Tools Design
tab appears, and Type equation here appears in the text box, showing where to begin typing
your equation. See Figure 5.32.
To create a simple equation, just start typing it in the equation frame. You can use any
number, letter, or symbol from the keyboard. You can also select from a wide variety of
math symbols in the Symbols group on the Equation Tools Design tab.
 
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