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Adding math equations to notes

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In Microsoft Office 2007, the Equation Editor was only available in Microsoft Word. It's now available in the other programs including OneNote 2010 as part of the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. We're going to explore the Equation Editor using our AGM 2010 notebook in the Event Planning section on the Attendees page. We'll just click in a blank spot to add an equation. Let's go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon. In the Symbols group, you'll notice a button for Equations.

Adding math equations to notes

In Microsoft Office 2007, the Equation Editor was only available in Microsoft Word. It's now available in the other programs including OneNote 2010 as part of the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. We're going to explore the Equation Editor using our AGM 2010 notebook in the Event Planning section on the Attendees page. We'll just click in a blank spot to add an equation. Let's go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon. In the Symbols group, you'll notice a button for Equations.

When we select this, we see a preset list of equations to choose from. So if you wanted to add for example the Expansion of a Sum, you can move down to the list, and select it by clicking, and it's inserted onto your page. You'll notice something that happens here. The Equation is entered for you in its default format. You can see it's highlighted. And the Design tab has now appeared on the Ribbon under Equation Tools, giving you access to all of the tools, the symbols, and structures that could be used when creating and editing an equation.

Let's just click outside that selected note, and you can see the end result of the equation. You can also type in your own equations. Let's move over to the note here under Estimated number of attendees. Here we see the Total cost per attendee is equal to X. So I'll click just below that. We'll go back up to Insert. We'll click the drop-down button for Equation. This time we'll go past all of the presets and click Insert New Equation, because you can type in your own equations as well. Now the same thing happens. This time though we see Type equation here.

But we do see the Design tab under Equation Tools giving us access to all of the Symbols and Structures. We can use our mouse to insert them and some we can even get from the keyboard. So let's start typing. For example, the equation we need here is going to figure out the Total cost per attendee. So that's X. So we'll just type in a capital X equals. We can type in from the keyboard or select it from the list of symbols in the Symbols gallery, X=. In this case, we want a round bracket. So we can type that on the keyboard.

We're going to have to add up the Room rental, Catering, Materials and Travel together and divide them by the Estimated number of attendees. So in this case, we're going to use our keyboard. So that's going to be B+. Now we can get the plus sign from the Symbols gallery if we wanted to. But since we're typing, it's a little easier just to get it from here. We're going to add up all of those, and close it off with a bracket. We want to divide that by A, which is the estimated number of attendees. Let's get the division symbol here, which something it's not easily accessible from the keyboard. We'll select it.

Now we'll just type in the letter A. That's our equation for figuring out the total cost per attendee. Now we can click outside this note and it's deselected. This is an equation. So watch what happens when we go back to make changes. When we click inside the equation, OneNote knows that this is just not standard text like the rest of the text in this note, but rather it's an equation. We automatically see the Design tab again under Equation Tools, giving us access to the various tools, symbols, and structures. So this was never available in anything, but Microsoft Word in previous Office editions.

Now in OneNote 2010, you have access to the Equation Editor, and all of those tools.

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