Learn to insert equations in PowerPoint for Windows. You’ll find several options that let you add customized equations.

**Author:** Geetesh Bajaj

**Product/Version:** PowerPoint for Windows

**OS:** Microsoft Windows

Adding equations in your PowerPoint slide is a powerful way to present and communicate mathematical, scientific, and technical information to your audiences. Most people don’t add equations because it may appear like a complicated process or even unnecessary. However, putting in the effort to add an equation can make a big difference. And although some users may find this process cumbersome, it’s quite easy once you do so a few times.

In fact, there are two ways to add equations in PowerPoint. The first is to use one of the ready-to-use equations and then make small changes to them as needed. The second option is to create the entire equation from scratch. Whichever option you choose, you first need to access the equation options. We cover how to do so in the following sections.

Follow these steps to access equation options:

- Within PowerPoint, navigate to the slide where you want to insert the equation. Click on the text placeholder where you want the equation inserted. If you do not have a text placeholder, you can easily insert a new text box. Either way, click in this text placeholder or box to establish an insertion point, as shown highlighted in red within
**Figure 1**, below. **Figure 1:**Establish an insertion point- Next, you can access the
**Insert**tab of the Ribbon and locate the**Equation**button. You will notice that the**Equation**option is not one but two buttons. The upper part of the button is highlighted in red within**Figure 2**, below, and the lower part is highlighted in green. **Figure 2:**Access the Equation button- If you click the upper part of the button, you will see the contextual
**Equation**tab of the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within**Figure 3**, below. Do note that since this tab has so many options, we had to break the tab down into two parts within**Figure 3**. **Figure 3:**Equation tab of the Ribbon- If you click on the lower part of the button, shown highlighted in green within
**Figure 2**, you will see a drop-down list of ready-to-use equations, as shown in**Figure 4**, below. These same options can be accessed if you click the**Equation**button within the**Equation**tab of the Ribbon, highlighted in green within**Figure 3**, above. **Figure 4:**Equation gallery

Follow these steps to use ready-to-use content from the **Equations** gallery:

- Make sure that you have established an insertion point, as explained in the preceding section. Next, bring up the
**Equations**gallery, as shown in**Figure 4**, above. - Now, choose any of the equations within this gallery. If this gallery does not contain an equation like what you need, choose something that looks similar. Alternatively, you can also follow the steps detailed in the next Create Equations from Scratch section.
- We chose the
**Pythagoras Theorem**option within the**Equations**gallery, as shown highlighted in red within**Figure 5**, below. **Figure 5:**Using the Equations gallery- Doing so places an equation in your slide, as shown in
**Figure 6**, below. **Figure 6:**Equation inserted on slide- All numbers and operators in the equation are editable. Select any of them and overtype to make changes.

- Make sure that you have established an insertion point, as explained in the Access Equation Options section. Next, access the
**Insert**tab of the Ribbon, and click the top part of the**Equation**button to bring up the contextual**Equation**tab, as shown in**Figure 3**, previously on this page. Your prompt text will now change to**Type equation here**, as shown in**Figure 7**, below. Alternatively, press the Alt + = keyboard shortcut key to achieve the same results. **Figure 7:**Type equation here- Within the
**Structures**group, there are several equation structures available, as shown in**Figure 8**, below. We clicked on the**Radical**button highlighted in red within**Figure 8**to open the Radicals gallery. Click any of the options in this gallery to insert this equation snippet. **Figure 8:**Structures group- This snippet will now be inserted on your insertion point, as shown in
**Figure 9**, below. **Figure 9:**Radical equation snippet- Again, all numbers and operators in the equation are editable. Select any of them and overtype to make changes, as shown in
**Figure 10**, below. **Figure 10:**Radical equation edited- To add an operator or another symbol, click after the existing equation to establish your insertion point. Next, access the
**Equation**tab of the Ribbon as explained previously on this page. You will find the**Symbols**group. Locate the operator you want to add. In our case, we clicked on the**Less Than or Equal To**option, as shown highlighted in red within**Figure 11**, below. Doing so inserts this operator on the slide, as shown highlighted in blue within**Figure 11**. **Figure 11:**Add operators and other symbols- You can also directly type within the equation, as we did to add an ‘
**x**,’ as shown in**Figure 12**, below. **Figure 12:**Equation typed in

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Whichever option you choose, you will realize that it is easy to add equations in PowerPoint.

Equation Editor was included in previous versions of PowerPoint, and also Word. However, it was removed and replaced by the new Equations tab in the Ribbon.

In PowerPoint, you can insert equations using a quick and easy shortcut that many users may not know about. When you press Alt + =, an equation will appear where you can select from various mathematical symbols to use in your presentation.

You cannot animate part of an equation. A workaround is to create multiple equations and place them next to each other so that they appear as one equation. Then, animate these separate equations as needed.

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