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11/4/11
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trent.siler

I use a program called MathType to make math equations. These equations will not upload correctly to Google Docs.

I have searched this in the forums, but all the questions are closed and none have a satisfactory answer that makes any sense.
I use MathType a whole lot as a math teacher and use it in Microsoft Word to make math equations in tests and quizzes. When I try to upload these documents to Google Docs the equations show up as some strange squiggles or lines or they do not show up at all. This is true whether I upload it as a Word document or let google convert it to a google document.
It would be best if I could just upload the document as is, but google does not seem to be forthcoming with a fix. So are there any work-arounds? I saw one person post a supposed work-around, but it made no sense and he used one short sentence to explain 12 steps. If you post one, please include all steps and be very clear to what you are referring.

I use Windows XP
I use MS Word 2007
I use MathType version 6.0b
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Gill
11/4/11
Gill
I think your best workaround is to use MathType to create GIF images of the equations and import those into the Gdoc.
11/7/11
Original Poster
trent.siler
I don't know how import GIF images into Gdoc.  This is why I asked in my original post to "please include all steps".
Gill
11/7/11
Gill
OK, thank for posting back. First of all, do you know how to make the GIFs in MathType? You need to store each equation as a separate GIF file, which I suggest you place in some easy-to-find directory, let's call it EQUATIONS. I am assuming you are using the new docs editor, that has a ruler across the top? So...

1. Open Google docs and open the document you want the equations in.
2. Click on the Insert menu (4th from left) or the insert image icon (mountains, right of centre on the toolbar, next to numbered list).
 - this should bring up a dialogue that includes a button "Choose an image to upload". Click it.
3. Navigate to your EQUATIONS folder, then click on the name of the equation you want, then click the Open button bottom right
(alternatively you could double-click on the file name). You should see "Updating" on screen and a progress bar at the bottom of the pane.
4. Once the GIF has uploaded you will see it in the doc.

If you want to wrap text around it then click on the link that appears immediately under the picture when you click on it where it says "Fixed position" - you should now be able to drag the pic where you want it. (There are also little square "handles" for stretching the image, but I would advise against those as you might distort it.)

I hope that helps. Please feel free to play - remember if it all goes wrong you can simply go to File-see revision history and step back to the last good version :-)
11/8/11
Original Poster
trent.siler
Thank you for all the detail! This was very helpful.
docrudolph
2/26/12
docrudolph
That is pretty lame.
I was not aware that equations created in Word don't just import into Gdocs.
The method you described is really circuitous and makes Gdocs unusable for a large part of what I do with Word.
This is disappointing.
Anyone know if Google has plans to upgrade this feature?

Bas Braams
2/26/12
Bas Braams
<<Anyone know if Google has plans to upgrade this feature?>> Nobody on this forum that writes about equations or mathematics knows anything official. Unofficially we have figured out that the equations part of the editor has very low priority. The earlier version of the GDocs editor (going back to the Writely product that was acquired by Google) had a fair TeX/LaTeX capability. The "new" editor was introduced in Apr/May 2010, at first without any capability for dealing with equations. Limited TeX/LaTeX-based facilities were reinstated in Nov 2010. Nothing has happened since; even minor obvious errors in the documentation remain unaddressed. More in [1], and in references under [2] if one wants to do some digging.

[1] (2012-02-21) Issues with the equations editor

[2] (2012-02-19) Issues with the mathematics / equations editor; reports on the forum
 
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