Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Adding the Extras: Equations, Text Boxes, and Objects
ChAPTER 18
Adding the Extras: Equations, Text
Boxes, and Objects
Inserting Mathematical Equations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561
Using Math AutoCorrect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 568
Adding and Linking Text Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 570
Linking Text Boxes to Flow Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578
Adding Objects to Your Word Document. . . . . . . . . . . . 583
What’s Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 585
D epending on the content you’re pulling together in your Word documents, you might
need to add extra elements from time to time. If you’re working on a research
document, for example, you might want to create a sophisticated mathematical equation
as part of the text. Luckily, Word 2010 includes an enhanced Equation Editor that gives you
all the tools you need to create elaborate equations that only a scientist could love. If you
want to add special effects like pull-quotes and sidebars to your document, you’ll like the
text box feature, which makes it easy for you to add, format, and link text boxes in the
document. And if you need to insert objects—like worksheets you’ve already created in Excel,
charts you want to update automatically, or slides from a PowerPoint presentation—you can
link or embed the object in your document so it is always within reach when you need it.
This chapter shows you how to create and work with each of these Word “extras.” Along the
way, you’ll also find some new ideas for enhancing the content you add to your pages.
Inserting Mathematical Equations
Word 2010 vastly improved your choices for inserting mathematical equations in your
documents. The equation capability in Word 2007 was already a considerable improvement
over previous versions, but Word 2010 expands the range of tools and flexibility available
with the Equation Editor even further. Now you can create sophisticated equations that are
capable of reflecting the complexity your calculations need to show. You can easily select
an equation from the Equation gallery and modify it to suit your needs or craft an equation
from scratch using the many tools and expressions available in the Editor.
You can add equations two ways in Word 2010. The first method is the easiest: you can
simply click the Equations arrow (in the Symbols group on the Insert tab) and click the
equation you want to add from the gallery that appears (see Figure 18-1). The second method
involves actually building the equation yourself—but don’t worry; Word makes it easy for
you by displaying a range of structure and symbol tools that you can simply click to add
the equation elements you want.
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