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Hello, do anyone know a website where we can download for free 'equation editor' or any program to write math equations easily, which can be used on microsoft word? Thank you..

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Hello, do anyone know a website where we can download for free 'equation editor' or any program to write math equations easily, which can be used on microsoft word? Thank you..

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Hello Mag|cK,

An easy to follow instruction on how to install Latex on Windows can

be found http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/LaTeX/AoPS_L_About.php [Broken]

Just in case you're using Adobe Reader 8.0 together with

the Latex editor "TexnicCenter", read https://www.physicsforums.com/blogs/edgardo-22482/texniccenter-adobe-reader-8-0-bugfix-876/ [Broken]

for a bugfix.

Instead of "TexnicCenter", you can also use WinEdt as

Latex editor.

After installing the MikTex and TexnicCenter (or WinEdt),

read this good tutorial:

http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~dwilkins/LaTeXPrimer/

An easy to follow instruction on how to install Latex on Windows can

be found http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/LaTeX/AoPS_L_About.php [Broken]

Just in case you're using Adobe Reader 8.0 together with

the Latex editor "TexnicCenter", read https://www.physicsforums.com/blogs/edgardo-22482/texniccenter-adobe-reader-8-0-bugfix-876/ [Broken]

for a bugfix.

Instead of "TexnicCenter", you can also use WinEdt as

Latex editor.

After installing the MikTex and TexnicCenter (or WinEdt),

read this good tutorial:

http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~dwilkins/LaTeXPrimer/

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WinEDT is better, but still pointless, and has license issues (it is not 'free', though you can keep installing the trial perioid 'free' version).

Heck, you can even just use word to create LaTeX documents if you're really mad.

(These are just personal opinions - others will disagree and say WinEdt is the best thing since sliced bread. Buying a good manual is worth far more than getting a license for WinEdt.)

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See also:

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=1222250

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TC may not be very well-designed, but it's not buggy and it works as advertised. A few minutes will get you used to its quirks. I don't use any of its "helper" functionality, but I wouldn't use that with any sort of IDE. It's certainly far preferable to writing TeX in Word!All you need to create LaTeX is the LaTeX installation and a *good* text editor. That would mean Vim or Emacs. TexnicCenter is truly awful: it is quite clearly a programming IDE that has been hacked to work for LaTeX and it shows (to compile the latex source is non-obvious, try the build menu. To view the output is even more non-obvious since that too is on the 'build' menu, and not the 'view' menu - that would be too sensible).

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OpenOffice.org

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matt grime

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And so does Emacs (or Vim). Still, if people want to use unnecessarily complicated pointless interfaces good luck to them. Personally, I can't think of any editor that is better than Vim with the LaTeX extension. Just think of all the nice features:TC may not be very well-designed, but it's not buggy and it works as advertised.

delete x numbers of characters, delete the next word, delete the next line, delete the next x words/lines, transpose these two letters, latex document, view latexed document, complete reference, close tag, `g auto-extends to \gamma,

all on a couple of key strokes.

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I've actually never used vim with the extension. I'll have to give it a try.

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Thx, uart. I have downloaded abiword, but i cant find any equation editor in it. Where is it? or do i have to download extra file?

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Ok here's the part where you actually have to learn some basic latex commands. Don't be discouraged if it looks complicated at first, just concentrate on learning the most basic features like fractions, square-root, indices (superscripts) and subscripts for now. You'll soon find it becomes very fast and easy to use.

Essentially what you're doing with AbiWord is using latex only for the equation environment while maintaining a more familiar word processor type environment for the main body of the document. This is really an easy way into latex, which is much more powerful than just an equation editor, it's a full text setting program. After you become more familiar with using Latex for just the equations in your documents you may even decide to try using full latex for entire documents. At least AbiWord gives you any easy way to get started on learning some Latex maths commands.

BTW. If you click on any of the formatted equations in these forums then you'll see the latex commands which generated them. This can be a good way to get some ideas on how to do various things in Latex. Start with simple equations first and you'll soon get the hang of it.

Some examples

Fractions :

[tex] \frac{a+b}{c} [/tex]

[tex] \pi \neq \frac{p}{q}[/tex]

Indices :

[tex] E = m c^2 [/tex]

[tex] e^{a+b} = e^a e^b [/tex]

Subscripts

[tex]y_1 = x_1 + x_0 [/tex]

[tex] A_{k2} = A_{k1} + 1 [/tex]

Square Root (and putting a few of the above things together) :

[tex] \lambda = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4 a c} } {2a} [/tex]

Make sure you learn the meaning and usage of the the special symbols "

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Anyways, LaTeX is by far the best, and if you are interested in becoming a mathematitian, sooner or later you should learn to use it.

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"Scientific... Word"?It is remarkable how nobody mentioned Scientific... :P

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Well not really that remarkable considering that the OP specifically asked for a free program and Scientific Word is up to $630.00 USD for a single user licence.It is remarkable how nobody mentioned Scientific... :P

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Thank you everyone for your help .. I'll try those programs

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Just wondering Mag|cK, did you get the latex equation editor in Abiword working?Thank you everyone for your help .. I'll try those programs

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no. currently i use openoffice.org, and perhaps switch to latex for more complicated equations..

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Does that meanno..

1. Couldn't actually make it work at all?

2. Didn't suit your needs?

3. Didn't want to have to learn latex math codes at this time?

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