# Use equations in a document

You can insert mathematical equations into your documents.

## Insert an equation

- Open a document in Google Docs.
- Click where you want to put the equation.
- Click
**Insert****Equation**. - Select the symbols you want to add from one of these menus:
- Greek letters
- Miscellaneous operations
- Relations
- Math operators
- Arrows

- Add numbers or substitute variables in the box.

To add another equation box, click **New equation**.

To show or hide the equation options, click **View** **Show equation toolbar.**

## Use equation shortcuts

You can type "\" followed by the name of a symbol and a space in an equation to insert that symbol. For example, \alpha will insert **𝞪**.

To type superscripts or subscripts, type "\", then press **Shift + 6** or **Shift + -**.

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