Add mathematical equations to your document in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

You can include mathematical expressions and equations in your Pages, Numbers or Keynote document when you use LaTeX commands or MathML elements. 

Add an equation to your Pages, Numbers or Keynote document

  1. Tap or click where you want to add the equation, either in your document or in a text box or shape, then follow the steps for your device: 
    • On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap the Insert button , tap the Media button , then tap Equation. 
    • On your Mac, from the menu bar, choose Insert > Equation.
  2. Enter an equation using LaTeX commands or MathML elements.1 On iPhone and iPad, you can also use the shortcut symbols above the keyboard. When you finish typing, a preview of the equation appears.2
  3. Click or tap Insert.3

Use MathType

You can also use MathType with Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Mac if you have MathType 6.7d or later installed. The first time you insert an equation, select Use MathType, or turn it on in Preferences:

  1. Open Pages, Numbers or Keynote.
  2. Choose [Application] > Preferences.
  3. Select the "Insert and edit equations with MathType" checkbox.

Learn more

Learn which LaTeX commands and MathML elements you can use with Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

1. To make equation authoring easier, the equation editor is in maths mode by default, so it isn't necessary to add maths mode commands to your equations.

2. If the preview is empty or displays an error, check your equation to make sure it’s correct.

3. If an equation is by itself on a line of text, the equation centres based on the equals sign. To centre based on the middle of the equation, add a space before or after the equation.

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