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Native Office Equations (OMML)

Microsoft Office products store their own equations using a specialized "language" called Office Mathematical Markup Language (OMML).  When targeting Office products, the equation tools OMML commands to the clipboard which can then be pasted directly into the Office products on both WIndows and Mac machines (requires Windows Word 2007 or later, Mac Word 2011 or later).


Once you have pasted an equation into Office, it is just as much a Office equation as one you created using Office's own equation editor.  The equation tool no longer has any responsibility for what is displayed.



Getting Equations into Word

Once you have targeted Word, create an equation in the equation tool.




Once you have completed your equation, press the Green Check button to place a copy of the equation on the clipboard and change to Word.


Once Word has opened, Paste and your equation will be added to your Word document.



Editing Existing Equations

Once the equation has been pasted into Word, it is a Word equation, just like any other. Simple editing of the equation can be done inside Word, with no further input from the equation tool.




Native Word equations can only be rendered in Cambria font.  This is a restriction in Word rather than the equation tool.  When you set the equation tool to Target Word, you will not be able to change the font.


When the equation tool gives the equation to Word, it gives up ALL control over how the equation is rendered.  What you get in Word will not be exactly the same as what you saw in the equation tool.


Word has two modes for the display of equations.  They can either be "In-Line" which means that they are part of a line of text, or they can be "Display" which means that they sit in the middle of the page.  You can change from one to the other by clicking on the arrow near the equation.



When Word renders an "Inline" equation, it can significantly change the sizing and display of the equation.  Some customers find this disconcerting.  Again, this aspect of Word equations is outside of the control of the equation tool.