Copy equations from Microsoft Word 2010 or later

Equations written with the Equation Tool in Microsoft Word 2010 or later can be extracted as MathML. This is an accessible format that can be read aloud by assistive tools such as STEMReader. To do so you must first change a setting in the Equation Options.

To access the Equation Options,  select the “Insert” tab and then the “Equation” button. Alternatively use the keyboard shortcut: Alt + =.

Select the small icon in the bottom right of the Tools panel to open the Equation Options. In Word 2016 you can also type Equation Options in the “Tell me what to do” help box above the ribbon tool this window directly.

Equation Options window from Microsoft Word. "Copy MathML to the clipboard as plain text" option is highlighted.

Make sure the option “Copy MathML to the clipboard as plain text” radio button is selected. Click OK. This setting will be saved; you should not need to set it again for your Word user profile.

Now when you copy an equation created in Word to the clipboard it will be in MathML format. This can be pasted into the STEMReader home screen to be read aloud or sent directly to STEMReader through the ATbar toolbar.

You can paste MathML equations into other Word document and Office documents and the equations will be shown correctly on screen. The same setting can be found in PowerPoint 2010, Outlook 2010 and OneNote 2013 or more recent versions.

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