**IT Knowledgebase: MathType: Thesis Specific **

- Which version of MathType do I use?

- Why use MathType and not the Equation Editor in Word?

- Why use MathType and not the Insert, Symbol command in Word?

- How do I fix my MathType equations when Word crashes and the equations are converted to pictures and can no longer be edited?

**Which version of MathType do I use?**

If you are using MS Office Word 2010, Word 2013, and Word 2016, users should be using MathType version 6.X.

**Why use MathType and not the Equation Editor in Word?**

Word’s equation editor is a scaled down version of MathType. Word’s version will not insert Equation numbers automatically. The advanced functionality of MathType is not available in Word’s version.

**Why use MathType and not the Insert, Symbol command in Word?**

MathType has more symbols. Using the Insert, Symbol command in Word can cause the symbols to not convert correctly to PDF:

- The symbol(s) could turn into a “?” mark, or a “?” or a “?”
- The symbol ß, for example, could turn into a B
- The symbol(s) could disappear completely

**How do I fix my MathType equations when Word crashes and the equations are converted to pictures and can no longer be edited?
**When Word 2010, crashes, there is the option to select which file to recover.

**ALWAYS**select the original version so as to preserve the equations in their original format.