Microsoft Office Tutorials and References

In Depth Information

**Inserting Equations**

Confused? I don’t blame you. After you latch on to the idea behind

structures, you can slap together even the most complex equations in no time. But

the learning curve here is steep. Stick with it.

Here are a few additional points to keep in mind when editing equations:

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Spend some time exploring the symbols and structures available on the

Equation Tools Design tab. There’s enough stuff here to create a

presentation on how to build your own atomic bomb. (None of the equations in

Figure 16-14 have anything to do with atomic bombs. Honest.)

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Don’t use the spacebar to separate elements in an equation — let

PowerPoint worry about how much space to leave between the

variables and the plus signs. The only time you should use the spacebar is

when you’re typing two or more words of text and you need the space to

separate the words.

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The Enter key has an interesting behavior in an equation: It adds a new

equation slot, immediately beneath the current slot. This technique is

sometimes a good way to create stacked items.

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The denominator is the bottom part of a fraction, not an Arnold

Schwarzenegger movie.