How to Add a Mathematical Formula to the Pages Document?

Sometimes, our work demands to make one or another calculation, and the presentation is needed to be proved with a mathematical equation. This process is not as complex as it might seem at first glance. After all, mathematical formulas and equations can easily be included in a Pages document using LaTeX commands or MathML elements.

In order to add formulas to the file, follow this simple guide:

  1. Place the insertion point at the document location selected for the formula. It can be placed in the main text, in table cells, in headers or footers.
  • On the iPhone or iPod touch, select the Enter menu, click the Equation item.
  • On the iPad, tap the symbol in the shortcut bar above the keyboard, then Equation.
  • On the Mac, select pages insert icon, then Equation.
  1. Enter the desired formula in the field using LaTeX commands or MathML elements. When the input is complete, a preview is displayed. If there is nothing in the preview window or an error occurred, a mistake in the formula may be the reason.
  1. Click or press Enter. The formula appears in the document at the insertion point location. It automatically takes the color and size of the text, among which it is located, and is updated when it changes.

Here are several samples of LaTeX and MathML elements to get you the idea of how it works and looks:

  • LaTeX:

latex math

  • MathML:


In addition, you can use the MathType program in Pages for Mac. To do this, you will need installed MathType 6.7d or later version.

When you first insert a formula, choose Use. MathType – go to the Pages menu – Settings, then click the ‘Insert and edit equations with MathType’ checkbox.

With these simple tips, you will become the advanced user of Pages documents, and your files look really solid with the mathematical equations.