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I have more and more thoughts about taking my class notes on my computer, and Pages '09 would seem like a good candidate for that task. However, being that I have a lot of technical classes, I find myself needing to insert MathType equations very often.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to insert such an equation? If not, can I somehow make one?

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You might want to check this question as well: – Tigran Khanzadyan Jul 9 '11 at 19:40
@Tigran Khanzadyan, that's quite interesting as I know a fair deal of LaTeX (to the point I've been using MathType as a LaTeX equation parser). – zneak Jul 9 '11 at 19:55

FastScripts is my choice to easily make key shortcuts for accessing menu items - much nicer, more flexible and far more powerful than the keyboard preference pane. Also, LaunchBar works wonders for fast switching apps / activating services and learns your preferred key shortcuts on the go rather than having to program them in beforehand (but you can do that too if you like).

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