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    Member OnMyWayToBeAMathProffesor's Avatar
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    how to type in latex on my personal computer

    Hello,

    I am taking a few math intensive courses this semester and I love how easy latex is to use. I did some research on-line and downloaded the complete package of MikTex and WinEdt. My goal was to be able to type notes or a paper in Microsoft Word and have correct mathematical notation present.

    Did I download the right programs? Are there better ones? The set up on mathhelpforum is so easy but I can not seem to get WinEdt to work like that. Any ideas?

    Thank You very much for your time.
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    I use Texnixcenter TeXnicCenter As far as I know Word does not work with miktex. I wish it did.
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    I use TextPad and MiKTeX. CaptainBlack likes to use LyX, which definitely has a lot going for it.

    Avoid MS Word at all costs.

    Tip: you can use Mathematica to generate LaTeX code for large expressions. Use the //TeXForm suffix to any command to have its output in TeX format.
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    if i was typing notes from today's class, what would be the easiest way to have equations in my word document. When i try to copy and paste from mhf, i get the negative of the picture. I don't really need all of the raw power of winedt. right now i am particularly thinking of physics notes.
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    IF you're using Word (and it seems perhaps that's what you've decided to do), then I know of no other way to get LaTeX into it than to use MathType. You can type the LaTeX, then with the Alt+\ shortcut, convert it to "equation view" (i.e., a MathType equation). If you prefer to type the notes for the entire class before you convert the equations, go ahead. When you're finished, select the entire document and click the Toggle TeX command in the MathType tab of the Ribbon. You can either edit the equations in MathType (double-click), or use the Alt+\ shortcut to convert it to LaTeX, make the correction, then Alt+\ again. There's a free 30-day trial version if you want to try it out.
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