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In Word, you can insert mathematical symbols into equations or text by using the equation tools.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click the arrow under Equation, and then click Insert New Equation.

    The Equation menu

  2. Under Equation Tools, on the Design tab, in the Symbols group, click the More arrow.

    Clicking the More arrow to find more mathematical symbols

  3. Click the arrow next to the name of the symbol set, and then select the symbol set that you want to display.

  4. Click the symbol that you want to insert.

Available symbol sets

The following mathematical symbol sets are available in the Symbols group in Word. After clicking the More arrow, click the menu at the top of the symbols list to see each grouping of symbols.

Symbol set



Basic Math


Commonly used mathematical symbols, such as > and <

Greek Letters


Lowercase letters from the Greek alphabet


Uppercase letters from the Greek alphabet

Letter-Like Symbols


Symbols that resemble letters


Common Binary Operators

Symbols that act on two quantities, such as + and ÷

Common Relational Operators

Symbols that express a relationship between two expressions, such as = and ~

Basic N-ary Operators

Operators that act across a range of variables or terms

Advanced Binary Operators

Additional symbols that act on two quantities

Advanced Relational Operators

Additional symbols that express a relationship between two expressions



Symbols that indicate direction

Negated Relations


Symbols that express a negated relationship



The mathematical Script typeface


The mathematical Fraktur typeface


The mathematical double-struck typeface



Commonly used geometric symbols

See also

Insert a check mark or other symbol

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