Description: MathType is a powerful interactive equation editor for Windows and Macintosh that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, eLearning, and for TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.

Platform: Windows and Macintosh
Cost: No charge


MathType is the professional version of the Equation Editor in Microsoft Word. It allows you to create complex equations with a simple point and click. MathType works with any word processor, presentation program (such as Powerpoint), Blackboard, page layout programs, HTML-authorizing tool and other software, to create equations for research papers, class material, web pages, slide presentations, dissertations and journal articles.

The current release of MathType is version 7.3 for Windows and Mac. MathType 7.3 is compatible with Office 2007 and later, including Office 365 and Word/PowerPoint 2019. It adds a MathType ribbon to Word and PowerPoint. Mathtype also works with over 700 other applications. 


Licensing Information

VCU has obtained a MathType license that permits 100 faculty/staff and 900 students to subscribe to the software for one year. The license is assigned to the user and may be installed on a VCU computer and personal device by current VCU faculty, staff, and students. MathType is compatible with Microsoft Word and Google Docs on all devices using Windows and Mac. 

MathType software obtained under this license:

  • May only be used by current VCU faculty, staff and students.
  • May be used on VCU owned computers or devices owned by VCU students, faculty and staff.
  • Is exclusively for academic use.
  • May not be used for commercial gain.
  • May not be modified.
  • Must be uninstalled when you are no longer affiliated with VCU.


You may download and install MathType on multiple computers. The software will expire in December and must be renewed annually to maintain an active application.

Obtain Personal Copy of MathType

Those who registered their license on the VCU Software Download Registration web page are automatically added to a mailing list. 

MathType no longer available on App2Go Server

We no longer offer MathType on the App2Go server. A one year subscription is available to all faculty, staff and students. The software may be installed on multiple devices and must be renewed annually.


We provide a few resources to get you up to speed with the use of MathType. The vendor provides addition support on the use of the software.


Note: To enable MathType in Google Docs, open a Google Doc, click on "Add-ons", select "Get add-ons", search for MathType and add it.


Technical support for MathType users is available from the vendor at Review the MathType FAQs for answers to the most common questions. If you have issues with the download and installation of MathType, contact the IT Support Center.