Microsoft Word 2010 enables equation editing through the Equation Editor.

It is possible to use shortcuts similar to LaTeX code in order to enter equations in a more fluent manner than clicking on the toolbar for each symbol. One of these shortcuts, for ⟺, is \longleftrightarrow but this symbol is in very frequent use for me and I want to use \iff instead of the current very long "short"-cut. I was unable to find a standard way of modifying this shortcut or adding a new one. How can I go around this issue?


You can use AutoCorrect to create additional shortcuts, specifically Math AutoCorrect.

In my Word:

 File -> Options -> Proofing -> AutoCorrect Options (near the top) -> Math AutoCorrect

Find the symbol you want (the list is alphabetical, so look for \Longleftrightarrow), then type in your desired shortcut (\iff), and hit the "Add" button.

I just did this and it worked.

Software: Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010; version 14.0.6129.5000

  • Too bad I saw this only now and I don't realize how I missed that option. I hope this will be of help in the future. Thanks! – shwarto Aug 19 '13 at 16:00

Use AutoHotkey. You can replace any string of entered characters with any other string of characters (in any application). Simply place the first string (called a Hotstring) between two double-colons and follow that by the second string:

For example:




1) Go to https://autohotkey.com/

2) Download the app (it's free)

3) Install the app

4) Right-click in Windows Explorer > New > AutoHotkey script

5) Name the new file

6) Right-click the file > Edit

7) Paste the above three lines into the script*

8) Save your changes

9) Double-click the file to run it (a small green icon will appear in your tray)

Now anywhere you enter one of the hotstrings (followed by a space), it will be replaced by whatever is to the right. And in Word's Equation Editor, doing so — for the first two hotstrings — will produce a long left-right arrow and the quadratic equation, respectively.

I included the third line to demonstrate that, with this method, you can create shortcuts to quickly enter your email address or anything else (full paragraphs, etc). (Note: you can use any characters you want to create a hotstring.)

*For some reason the script does not work with a backslash in the hotstring but any other character (eg an underscore), or no character, does the trick.


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