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What is the shortcut to create a new equation in Word 2011?

I have looked at this shortcut list, but it does not include that.

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Word is one of the crap programs that can't properly handle custom shortcuts assigned in system preferences. You can try, in keyboard preference pane, but it might not work. –  Daniel Beck Jan 25 '12 at 10:39
The solution posted below works. –  jonmorgan Jan 30 '12 at 19:43
First method does work but it is language sensitive (what a mess). So for an example on a danish installation you would need to replace "Equation" with "Ligning". –  user118679 Feb 16 '12 at 10:56
this is one of the many reason that my computer's and my software's language is set at English, although I'm also danish :) –  Tyilo Feb 16 '12 at 15:20

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Inserting a new Equation:

Go to System Preferences » Keyboard » Keyboard Shortcuts, and set up an Application shortcut for Microsoft Word.

As the menu item's title, use "Equation".

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This will add a new equation to the document:

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Opening the Equation editor:

Go to Tools » Customize Keyboard. Here, create a new shortcut for Insert » InsertEquation.

For example, I've used Command-Shift-E. Make sure you click Assign, then OK.

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This opens the Equation Editor in a new window, I want to use the inline one, that can normally be inserted by going to "Document Elements" in the ribbon and clicking on Equation. –  Tyilo Jan 25 '12 at 15:13

For me with Word for Mac 2011, inserting equation shortcut is already set as: Ctrl+=

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How do I type a = in a shortcut with a danish keyboard? I need to press shift+0 to type a =. Neither ctrl+0 or ctrl+shift+0 works for me. I also tried with command instead of control. –  Tyilo Sep 6 '12 at 20:09
@Tyilo, you might have stumbled on the nuts and bolts of a new question there. Just saying, you'd likely get more attention than having what amounts to a new question in a comment. –  JoshP Sep 24 '12 at 16:06

For PC users, in Microsoft Word 2010, it is Alt+= to create an equation in your document.

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For Office 2010

File\Options\Customize Ribbon\Keyboard shortcuts Customize\Insert Tab\EquationInsert

Press new shortcut key


Note: CHOOSE EQUATIONINSERT, not InsertEquation

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On windows computer in word I usually do is Press Alt+E together once and press E and I one after other to get to equation. However i Like what Indrek said Alt + =.

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