Using MathType With WordPress

\displaystyle\frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x}=\frac{2{{x}^{3}}-3x}{\sqrt{x-3}}

Only a geek would get excited about this, but ever since I started this blog, I’ve been frustrated with my inability to paste equations and expressions I create with MathType into WordPress. Today, I finally learned how to do it (thanks to the Design Science site).

Step 1: In MathType, go to “Preferences”, and choose “Cut and Copy Preferences….”:

cut&copy

Step 2: In the popup window, click on “Equation for application or website:”, and in the dropdown menu select “WordPress”:

preferences

Step 3: Create your mathematical expression, copy it, and paste it into WordPress. It will look like a string of text characters beginning with “$latex”, but if you preview your post you will see that it is displayed as a mathematical expression!

A couple of tips:

If you use MathType a lot with other applications (Word, in particular) don’t forget to go back to “Preferences/Cut and Copy Preferences…” and change it back to “Equation object (Windows OLE graphic)”.

If your expression is rational, it may appear small. To correct that, insert “\displaystyle\” after “$latex”:

latex

\displaystyle\underset{x\to 0}{\mathop{\lim }}\,\frac{\sin x}{x}=1

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2 thoughts on “Using MathType With WordPress

  1. Thanks for the article; good description. I’d like to add a point of clarification though, to amplify what you said at the end about rational expressions and other vertically large expressions. In MathType’s Format menu is an item labeled Inline Equation. This should have a checkmark beside it for “inline” (i.e., in your sentence) equations, and should be un-checked for equations centered in their own paragraph. That will take care of the \displaystyle command.

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