In order to get the best efficiency from Word+Equate it is essential to master the Equation Designer.

There are a number of ways to configure the designer to make it operate more easily with Word+Equate.  

To configure the designer, select the expand arrow on the menu ribbon.

This displays the Equation Options form.

Recognized Functions

The Equation Designer has a large number of predefined functions. These are names that have particular mathematical significance. When the Equation Designer encounters these names it has specific behaviors. It attempts to format the names correctly in accordance with conventional mathematical notation. This behavior often generally causes problems for Word+Equate's equation processor. The solution is to never use a predefined function as a variable name.

The simplest solution is to remove the item from the recognized function list if you wish to that name as a variable. Functions can be simply deleted using this form. Once deleted, the configuration is saved as the configuration for that computer and not as a property of the document. Care therefore needs to be observed if the document is opened on another computer.

Word-Equates predefined functions usually have capital letters (i.e. "Sin" instead in "sin") to avoid conflict with the recognized functions.

Math Autocorrect

The Math Autocorrect menu provides a wide range of options to allow efficiency in building equations


It contains the definition for all "backslash" shortcuts. You can readily add your own shortcuts for items that you type frequently.

For example, the bullet style dot that Word+Equate uses to signify a multiplication between units has a shortcut of "\bullet". it may be convenient to redefine the shortcut as "\." to speed up typing.