*[Abstract: In this article, you will learn how to insert equation in Excel using Equation Editor with two examples.]*

If you do mathematics related report or assignment with Excel, you have to know how to use the Equation Editor.

In this tutorial, we shall learn how to use the Equation Editor Effectively.

Click on the **Insert** Tab. In the “**Symbols**” group of commands, you will find a split button: it is **Equation**.

To insert an **Equation Editor**, just click on the button, an equation Editor appears.

You can also insert predefined equations clicking on the drop down part of the **Equation** command. You see a list of pre-built equations are showing in the drop down list.

I insert the **Binomial Theorem Equation** from the list.

OK.

I don’t need the binomial equation right now.

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## Step by step process to insert an equation using Equation Editor

I am going to create two sample equations step by step to show you the whole process of using an equation editor.

### Inserting First Equation

To follow along me with this article, at first download the working file from this link.

At first I shall create the **Volume** formula. I click on the **Insert** tab and then click on the **Equation** command, the **Equation Editor** appears.

When **Equation Editor** is selected, two contextual tabs appear in the tab list. One is the **Drawing Tools Format** contextual tab. Equation Editor is a shape. You can format the shape using the commands under the **Format** contextual tab of **Drawing Tools**.

The other tab is **Equation Tools Design** contextual tab. It will help you to insert an equation into the **Equation Editor**.

The first command in the **Equation Tools Design** contextual tab is the **Equation** command. The built in equations are listed in this drop down list.

Then there are some symbols. You can use these symbols in the equation. To see more symbols click on the **More** button [on the bottom right corner of the **Symbols** window].

The window is expanded, in the window there is a drop down on the top right corner. Right now “**Basic Math**” symbols are showing in the window. Click on the drop down.

You can work with several options:

- Basic Math
- Greek Letters
- Letter-Like Symbols
- Operators
- Arrows
- Negated Relations
- Scripts
- Geometry

If you select **Greek Letters**, you will get two types of Greek Letters: **Lower case Greek letters**, and **upper case Greek Letters**.

If you select **Letter-Like Symbols**, you will get symbols like regular letters.

If you select **Operators** category, you will get a good number of sub-categories in it. They are: **Common Binary Operators**, **Common Relational Operators**, **Basic N-ary operators**, then **Advanced Binary Operators** and **Advanced Relational Operators**.

If you select **Arrows**, you will get different types of arrow symbols.

Under **Negated Relations **you will get the symbols like the following image.

Then **Scripts**, so many Script categories…

and finally you can work with the symbols of **Geometry**.

There are some **Structures **on the right side of the **Symbols** group of commands.

At first you will find **Fraction** type structure. In the blank boxes you can input values, just the structure will be like the following image.

Then **Script** type structure, then **Radical**, **Integral**, **Large Operator**, **Bracket**, **Trigonometric Functions**, **Inverse Functions**, **Accent**, **Limit and Logarithm**, **Operator** and finally the **Matrix** structure.

Now I type in the equation editor **Volume**, then equal sign, you can see from the volume equation that it has a fraction, so I click on the **Fraction** drop down from the **Structures** group of commands and I select the **Stacked Fraction**.

In the top blank box I type 1 and in the bottom blank box I type 3, I press right arrow in the keyboard, in the **Symbols** drop down, I select **Basic Math** and select the **Multiplication Sign** from the window.

Then there is a Pi sign in the equation, again **Symbols**, this time I select **Greek Letters**, from the lower case Greek letters, I select the Pi symbol. Then again multiplication sign.

In the equation now is: “diameter divided by 2” whole square. I select the **Superscript **structure, and I select the first blank box in the superscript, I insert parenthesis with single value from **Bracket** structure, I select the box within parenthesis, and I select the **Stacked fraction** structure again. At the upper box, I type Diameter, at the bottom I type just 2, and as the superscript, I type 2.

Again press right arrow in the keyboard, the rest is simple, a cross sign and I type height. Our equation is complete, I format the shape of the equation editor, readjust the size, and align middle the equation in the shape and I click outside the equation editor. So we get the equation like the following image.

### Inserting Second Equation

The second equation is simple. Let’s make it now. Before follow along me, try to make the equation by yourself at first.

Click on the **Insert** tab, **Equation** command, **Equation Editor** appears, type **F**, within parenthesis **x**, then equal sign, then from the **Script** structure select the **Subscript**, fill the blanks with “a” and “0”. Then insert a plus sign.

Press right arrow in the keyboard, now in the equation, you will see a big sigma sign, in the **Large Operator** structure, select the second **Summation** structure, from the Basic Math window, find the infinity sign, then place “n equal to 1” in the lower part of the sigma.

Then I type a bracket. In the Bracket I type, a **subscript** n, then insert the **cosine** function, then a **stacked fraction**, at the top, I type n pi x, at the bottom I type L. Press right Arrow, place a plus sign,

Then again the same structure.

Finally change the **Shape** format, and you are done.

So, I tried to explain you in step by step procedure how to use Excel equation editor to insert equations in Excel.

Great tip Kawser!

In Excel 2016 this is even easier since you can use the Ink Equation feature to create equations manually.

This is explained in more detail here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-s-new-in-Excel-2016-for-Windows-5fdb9208-ff33-45b6-9e08-1f5cdb3a6c73

Thanks,

Orlando

Thanks Orlando for updating me 🙂

Regards

Kawser

I find the description totally incomprehensible. You instruct me to do something without explaining what I need to do and where to find it. You must assume I know nothing about this if teaching is you goal. It appears it is not. I have to be inside your head to follow.

Hi Bob,

Did you download the Excel file before you follow me? Please do so. I’ve explained the whole process with two real time examples. If you can create these two examples in the Excel file, I hope you will be able to understand the whole system.

Best regards

Kawser

Thanks Kawser, I found it pretty easy to follow – I practiced on your download file. It sure seems pretty time consuming. But, it does make a fine looking formula!!

Mike,

Thanks for your feedback 🙂

Kind regards

Dear sir, my question is- Is it possible to type equations in a particular cell,just like we type normal text,or type any equation between a sentence, if I want to make a mathematical question for my students, how can I do it.