I am trying to copy mathematical equations/content that I wrote in Word using the Office equation editor into a Mathematica notebook slide as a Mathematica presentation.

I tried copying the equations as LaTeX or mathML and pasting in Mathematica but it did not work so well; the formatting in mathematica was all wrong. Apart from starting rewriting the equations from scratch, what other simplifying options are out there? I tried saving as an OpenDocument Presentation, without success. I could try picture file but..really...

Isn't there something to make such natural interoperability transitions smoother?

  • What do you mean by "did not work so well"? Did it not come across at all? Could you perhaps post a screenshot? – Verbeia Oct 19 '11 at 4:47
  • And what exactly are you trying to do and why? – Simon Oct 19 '11 at 6:33
  • May I suggest to the original poster to consider committing to the Area51 proposal for Mathematica area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/15787/mathematica ? This question would be on-topic if that site is approved to be launched. – Verbeia Oct 19 '11 at 6:37
  • @Verbeia Do you participate in any other "niche" SE site? Perhaps they are not as successful as you believe ... – Dr. belisarius Oct 19 '11 at 12:08
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    David Vasholz's gave a presentation about ImportString[#, "TeX"]& which is pretty sophisticated solution to interoperating between TeX and Mathematica for typesetting math: wolfram.com/events/technology-conference-2011/… – Computist Oct 19 '11 at 18:59

Word 2007 as well as all Office 2010 applications support MathML, so you can paste equations directly into Mathematica for as long as you make sure that you only copy the equation parts, but no surrounding text.

In older version of Office the only solution I know is a (vector) picture. If you copy the equation while in Equation Editor, it'll be pasted to Mathematica as EMF (i.e. high quality scalable, but not editable)

  • that is eactly what i do and it does not work. In the equations editor, there is a cut and copy preferences bot where you choose the the format you want your equations copied. I have chosen the various forms of latex and MathML offered with no apparent success...Anyway at this point it may just be simpler to rewrite everything in mathematica... – Phil Oct 19 '11 at 14:07
  • @Phil, what sort of equation editor do you use, with what version of Office? It sounds like it's not the standard one that comes with Office. – Szabolcs Oct 19 '11 at 19:46
  • +1 For the hint on pasting metafiles - I was unaware of this. One note: for pasting a Metafile one needs to create a Cell first (this is why I had not discovered this functionality earlier). I am not sure whether the inserted metafile is EMF or WMF. I thought earlier that WMF is default under Windows but it may be version and/or application-dependent. – Alexey Popkov Oct 20 '11 at 8:20
  • @Phil If you use MathType you could just open an equation in MathType and then copy it from it, then paste in Mathematica. Works at least starting from MathType 6. – Alexey Popkov Oct 20 '11 at 8:28

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