I would like to insert a formula in a Pages document (under El Capitan). But when I chose Insert -> Formula in the menu all entries in the submenu all entries are greyed out. Also Insert -> MathType equation is greyed out.

Do I need to install further software to have the options available?


I am looking for a way to typeset a mathematical formula in a document (i.e., a kind of formula editor). Does any tool like this come together with Apple's office tool?


To insert a formula in normal text you need to download and install MathType. Then that menu option should be available.

  • Hello Tom, thanks for your answer. Is there no way to typeset a mathematical formula only using Apple office tools (I don't want to buy an external tool)? – user2683038 Mar 31 '16 at 18:33
  • The trial of Mathtype is free and its capabilities even when expired suffice for many users. Another possibility is the Grapher utility supplied with OS X. – Tom Gewecke Mar 31 '16 at 21:59

Functions and formulas can only be inserted into table cells. So, you have to insert a table first. If needed, the table can be configured in the Table section of the Inspector to consist of only a single cell: 1 row, 1 column, 0 header. Also, the table can be set to have no border stroke/line.

If you are in a word processing document and want to position the table/formula freely on the page, you need to set the table to be a floating object (Inspector: Object Placement).

(This answer is based on Pages version 4.3, but might apply in principle to newer versions as well.)

User manual for Pages 5.5: http://help.apple.com/pages/mac/5.5/#/tana41710df7

  • Hello Dictionaries Anonymous, thanks for your answer. But actually my intention was to typeset a mathematical formula. I think I misinterpreted the menu button because I thought it's for starting a kind of formula editor. But now I see it's for inserting a tabular formula. – user2683038 Mar 31 '16 at 18:32

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