Microsoft Office Tutorials and References

In Depth Information

**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.