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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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