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In LaTeX one can use the eqnarray environment to display a set of equations aligned horizontally on their equality signs or other element, e.g.:

  x &=& 5! \\
    &=& 5 \cdot 4 \cdot 3 \cdot 2 \cdot 1

This will render as follows (notice the alignment of the equality signs):


Is there a good way to achieve the same effect in Microsoft Word 2007's built in equation editor?

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Not exactly, but this site has some good introductory material. The equation editor is a bit more visual than latex:

Enter the following equations and align them at the = sign by choosing Format/Align At = after typing them. Also try using the alignment symbol - alignment symbol - to align equations.

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I found a bit more up-to-date article on MSDN. The question and answer relevant are the first and second comment. blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/archive/2006/10/04/… –  akid Apr 10 '10 at 8:24
The msdn article is newer, but covers much less material, which is why I linked to the Univ. of waterloo site. –  DaveParillo Apr 10 '10 at 20:51
Thanks! akid's comment in particular pointed right to the solution, which was to select all the relevant equations, right-click on them, and then click "Align on =". Unfortunately it seems Word 2007 is still unreliable when it comes to editing equations; I aligned my equations as described then saved and closed the document, and when I reopened it many of the equations were randomly misaligned or typeset in bold face. So it looks like I'm using LaTeX for this project after all, but thanks again for your help. –  Niten Apr 10 '10 at 21:30
If you're having difficulties with latex & are looking for something about as powerful but a bit easier, you might try Lyx: lyx.org –  DaveParillo Apr 10 '10 at 23:36

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