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I would like to be able to insert an equation into a word 2010 document without having to Click Insert -> Equation from the ribbon. As an example:

the equation of a line is:
\eq(y=mx+b)
where m is the slope and b is the y-intercept. (and so on)

where \eq is my made up escape sequence. Is there such an escape sequence to get the equation caption? or am I out of luck? Google has not proved useful so far.

  • Does it have to be an escape sequence because you are running some parsing code over your document or could you just a shortcut key to get equations to insert? [ALT] + [=] enters you into Equation Mode and will also make a selection into an equation. – Iraedei Jul 24 '14 at 15:51
  • I was hoping an escape existed as it seemed like a quick way to both type it out without having to do clicking, and later on using it to programmatically pass a string from c# that turns into an equation. I have looked at the conventional method for adding an equation programmatically, and this seemed like a too good to be true idea. :x – jlipstate Jul 24 '14 at 16:24
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You could write some VB script that could scan over an entire document for these escape sequences, yes. I couldn't tell you the exact implementation though. However, I would suggest using opener and closers instead of an escape sequence as it may be easier to tell when the equation begins and when the equation ends. some equation here

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Solution A

ALT + =

Solution B

Use AutoCorrect Options:

  • insert an empty equation
  • mark it
  • go to "File -> Options -> Proofing -> AutoCorrect Options ..."
  • In the section "Replace text as you type" you will find your marked empty equation filled into the "With" field (do not modify it!)
  • you insert your escape sequence into "replace", click "Add" and "OK"

See https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/word-2007-setting-up-seq-fields-for-numbering-pt-1/ for a pictured tutorial (in the middle of the article).

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