I am trying to insert underbraces in a mathematical document in a Word 07 document but I can't do it. Can you please assist. Thanks.

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    Hi and welcome to SU. Have you tried any of the solutions suggested in these google results?
    – terdon
    Jul 7, 2013 at 15:32

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For anyone else wondering on how to actually get text beneath the underbrace, i.e. to label it: You need to type another _ and then press SPACE again. So the correct answer to this question should be:

  1. Type "\underbrace"
  2. Press SPACE
  3. Type "_"
  4. Press SPACE
  5. Either navigate with the arrow keys or click on the placeholders to finish the input.

Hope this helps somebody.

  • thanks a lot! I really do not understand why microsoft haven't added this as usual button.
    – Vyacheslav
    Dec 8, 2016 at 16:17
  • This also works in OneNote 2016. Important: the option to insert text above the underbrace only appears once you've pressed another SPACE after the underbrace symbol appeared.
    – lucidbrot
    Apr 20, 2018 at 6:57

Instead of typing \underbrace you can also open Equation tools tab, click Accent and select underbrace from drop-down menu. It works even in Word 2007


Use the Equation Editor. In Word 2010, click Insert, then Equation. You'll see all the equation tools.

enter image description here To enter an underbrace type "\underbrace", space, the character to go over the underbrace, space, then continue.

Word Help has full details - search for "Equation Editor"

  1. Just type in \underbrace;
  2. Type in "space" (this should turn the \underbrace into a proper underbrace);
  3. Type in the first character of the expression and "space" again (this should put this character just over the underbrace);
  4. Press the left arrow key on your keyboard and then continue typing the rest of the expression.
  • Thanks - Have tried but without result.
    – Momoli
    Jul 7, 2013 at 15:53
  • @Momoli Did you type this in the equation box after clicking "Insert Equation"?
    – Jerry
    Jul 7, 2013 at 16:05
  • Wow ! I have managed to get it .... Thanks very much Jerry !
    – Momoli
    Jul 7, 2013 at 17:00

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