Adding a formula

Formulae, equations and symbols can be easily added to any page. Copy and paste, or create them directly using Firefly.

Creating formulae in Firefly

1.  Select Formula from the More menu in the editor toolbar
2.  Use the Add Formula toolbar to create your formula and choose Done

More information about what the formula toolbar allows you to create can be found here.


Copying equations created using the Equation Tool in Word

You can copy an equation created using the Equation Tool and paste it into the Formula box. If this does not happen (and you get just some characters in the equation instead), check the Equation Options in Word.

1.  Open the Equation Tools, Design tab

Click the icon in the lower right corner of the Tools group.

2.  Select Copy MathML to the clipboard as plain text

Select CopyMathML to the clipboard as plain text from the options displayed. The options are the same in Word 2011 for Mac.

3.  In Word 2011, choose Preferences from the Word menu

In the Authoring and Proofing Tools section, choose Equations. In the Equations Preferences dialogue, the When copying an equation section gives you this choice. (Copy linear format is the default.)


Using apps to add formulae

If you are working with a tablet there are a number of apps that will allow you to create formulae and then add them to your page. MathPad (a pay for app) allows you to write a formula by hand and then embed it in your page.

1.  Write the formula on the screen

MathPad will turn your handwriting into text.

2.  Export the formula

Use the Export button and select MathML.

3.  Embed the formula

Use the Embed option on Firefly to place the formula on your page. This behaves like any other embedded object and can be moved around the page.