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# How to Use the Equation Editor in Google Docs

The equation editor in Google Docs is the perfect feature for people who use mathematical equations inside their documents. Here’s how you can quickly add math equations with ease in any of your Google documents online.

Fire up your browser and head to the Google Docs homepage. Open a document, click where you want to insert an equation, and then select Insert > Equation.

A text box will appear, along with a new toolbar with drop-down menus for Greek letters, miscellaneous operations, relations, math operators, and arrows.

Click on the drop-down menus and select one of the symbols to create an equation.

After you click on a symbol or operator, add numbers to complete the equation.

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To add another equation, just click the “New Equation” button on the toolbar.

When you’re done with the equation editor and no longer want to see the toolbar, click View > Show Equation Toolbar to get rid of it.

The equation editor in Google Docs is based on LaTeX syntax and recognizes similar shortcuts. You can type a backslash (\) followed by the name of a symbol and a space to insert that symbol. For example, when you type \alpha, the Greek letter Alpha is inserted.