# Matrices in Microsoft Word 2007

1. May 24, 2008

### Despondent

Hey everyone. I can't figure out how to use "Equation Tools" to enter a matrix with dimensions of my choosing. I can only find a very limited set of default matrix sizes to choose from, such as 1 by 2, 3 by 3 and 4 by 4, which are not sufficient for my purposes. More specifically, I'm trying to use "Equation Tools" to generate an empty 6 by 5 matrix which I can put values into. Can someone explain how I can go about doing this? Thanks.

2. May 24, 2008

### Integral

Staff Emeritus
I am not sure what you mean by "Equation tools".

I use Microsoft Equation 3.0 found under the Insert menu.

Insert -> object -> Microsoft Equation 3.0.

This sequence brings up the equation editor, Select the matrix template and fill in the numbers you want.

3. May 25, 2008

### Despondent

Unfortunately with the transitition from Word 2003 to 2007, MS decided to be a nuisance and perform a complete overhaul of the interface. It doesn't have Equation 3.0 anymore, it's been replaced with Equation Tools which has a rather poor set of matrix options compared to it's predecessor. Thanks anyway, I'll try to make do with what I've got.

Edit: After googling again, I found the answer. You can just create any matrix and then right click on it, go to insert, and you can choose from inserting columns or rows before or after the current row or column.

Last edited: May 25, 2008
4. May 25, 2008

### las3rjock

It seems that this would be a perfect opportunity to learn LaTeX, which makes typing math relatively painless (especially compared to Microsoft Word). For example:
$$\pmb{\mathsf{E}} = \begin{bmatrix} \epsilon_0 & \epsilon_1 & \epsilon_2 & \ldots & \epsilon_{s}\\ \epsilon_{-1} & \epsilon_0 & \epsilon_1 & \ldots & \epsilon_{(s-1)} \\ \epsilon_{-2} & \epsilon_{-1} & \epsilon_0 & \ldots & \epsilon_{(s-2)} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \epsilon_{-s} & \epsilon_{(-s+1)} & \epsilon_{(-s+2)}& \ldots & \epsilon_0 \\ \end{bmatrix}$$

5. Dec 7, 2008

### daveyman

I'd like to offer an alternative opinion. I'm extremely impressed with the math editor in Word 2007 and I appreciate all the hard work that went into it. I've never found anything that I can do in Latex that I cannot do in Word 2007. Just like Latex, however, you have to learn how to use it. One is not better than the other, they are just different. Personally, I use Word 2007 when I am trying to quickly produce a document that is rich in math content. I can usually do this much more quickly in Word. I use Latex primarily when I am working on a professional publication, mostly to take advantage of everything else Latex has to offer.

In order to create larger matrices, simply insert one of the default matrices. Then, right click on the newly-created matrix. You will see on the menu the ability to add/delete rows and columns. You can also adjust many aspects of the matrix spacing, which is quite useful. This is a recurring theme with the equation editor. You can often right-click on something after you insert it in order to make adjustments. For some people, the graphical interface allows for faster editing.

I hope this helps!

Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
6. Dec 8, 2008

### las3rjock

It is so typical (and naive) for a neophyte to choose a graphical interface for entering essentially textual information...

7. Jan 17, 2009

### AnimaMutandi

It is typical, though not necessarily naive, for a neophyte to use a graphical user interface for essentially textual information. A gui often better suits the purposes of that type of user, e.g., a more intuitive interface with a reduced learning curve (particularly for casual use). Furthermore, Word 2007 provides a more intuitive typesetting capability, which is essentially non-textual information and is implicit in much "word processing" use. Lastly, while many standards exist, Microsoft Word is the de facto standard for word processing if we consider the general population -- while many, often superior, alternatives exist for it -- it is generally the most widely used word processor which helps in collaboration. Certainly, this may depend on the context in which you use it, e.g., certain academics will require submission of publications in LaTeX. Arguably, Word 2007 does not abide by this de facto standard, as backward compatibility is limited, although it exists.

That stated, it may be of note that Word 2007 has adopted a lot of LaTeX syntax. You can often use LaTeX syntax to achieve the same results you are looking for without needing to recompile and the results are more immediately gratifying and verifiable. However, Word 2007 does not use the same syntax as LaTeX for matrices. Rather they use a modified form, as follows:

\matrix(11&12&13&14@21&22&23&24@31&32&33&34@41&42&43&44)

Word 2007 will turn the "\matrix" into what a black square as you type it. This is normal. Word 2007 will turn the remainder of your text into the appropriately sized matrix after any character typed after the ")". Typing the space character will often force Word 2007 to "compile" previous code without actually inserting a space.

Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
8. Jan 4, 2010

### brucerarnold

How does one insert bold oblique (ie, not italic) capital letters to represent matrices within equations? I found one reference to the style function within EE (with which I'm familiar in pre-W2007 EE), but was unable to locate it in the 2007 version. Murray Sargent III's 2006 reference work on plain-text encoding was silent on the issue.

Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

9. Oct 19, 2010

### FizzyWizzy

LaTeX is -- hands-down -- superior to every version of GUI equation editors. Anyone who doesn't want to learn it is lazy. With LaTeX, you learn it ONCE, and you'll never need to learn a new equation editor again. It's like riding a bike.

All these GUI editors are garbage. They want to reinvent the wheel and put square wheels on my bike, so I have to learn how to ride my bike on their new triangular-grooved roads every time they change their editor.

You will note that the Word 2007 equation editor allows many pieces of LaTeX code as input. The BEST GUI equation editor will be one that allows the entirety of LaTeX code as input.

Bottom line: get the commercialized politics out of basic stuff like equation typesetting, and let's move onto more important things in life. LaTeX is EASY when it comes to typesetting equations. It takes less than an hour to learn, and you won't need to hunt down symbols in endless menus with your mouse ever again (usually, only to discover that the symbol is NOT there!). It takes less than a minute to google something like "math symbols latex" to get a comprehensive listing of every conceivable math symbol in the world, ...it takes ten minutes to hunt down a symbol buried in a series of menus -- and they usually aren't there, or are some unwanted version of the symbol.

Incidentally, when it comes to making arbitrary-dimension arrays/matrices with the new editor -- if you really have to add one column and one row at a time, this is an UNINTUITIVE and UNINSPIRED equation editor. It makes me want to use Word less than five years ago. I only use Word/Office when I have something mindlessly simple to create for others -- and usually find that I can generate it in LaTeX in less than half the time.

I'll stick with an efficient equation typesetting program. I value my time -- and yours.

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10. Jun 4, 2012

### manjuvenamma

I am able to generate in MS Word - matrices but without the brackets. How to get matrices with the enclosing brackets? Can we choose the brackets? curved, square or flower. Thanks in advance. I am really stuck up here.

11. Jun 6, 2012

### brucerarnold

@manjuvenamma --

I have never been able to achieve this in linear mode, but in professional (WYSIWYG) mode, enter your matrix. Then highlight the entire matrix and use one of the Bracket options on the Design menu. Hope this works for you.

12. Jun 7, 2012

### manjuvenamma

It worked. And thanks a lot!

13. Jun 7, 2012

### ThinkToday

The other thing you could have done is go into Word, Tables (drop down arrow), select Excel Spreadsheet, and done you work in an Excel sheet inserted automatically in the Word document.

14. Jun 8, 2012

### C.Broderick

You could just press the bracket button on the keyboard...

As in [\matrix(&@)] for a 2x2 matrix.

15. Jul 25, 2012