A Good Google Docs Add-on for Typing and Handwriting Math Equations

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The popular Google Docs add-on, MathType, is now being offered for free for educational institutions. This offer, mandated by the current health crisis, is valid till the first of August 2020. 'If you are a teacher, an instructor, a school principal or an educational platform administrator, please apply here'.


For those of you who are not familiar with MathType, this is an equation editor which allows you to easily type and handwrite mathematical notation in your Google documents. The add-on provides you with almost the same features you would normally find on the online version. MathType also supports chemical notation which you can access through ChemType. This is "a flavour of MathType designed to help you work with chemical notation. A personalized toolbar with the common chemical symbols but also a different user experience adapted to chemical notation needs. Look for the ChemType icon".

Other features provided by MathType include

  • "Save frequently used equations and symbols in customizable toolbars
  • Set MathType preferences to quickly change from one “look” to another for different types of documents
  • Setup personal keyboard shortcuts
  • Copy or convert to LaTeX"

MathType is also available for Word on iPad