I tried Word >> Tools >> Customize Keyboard >> EquationInsert, but I can't seem to modify the "Press new keyboard shortcut" box.

I also tried System Preferences >> Keyboard >> Shortcuts >> App Shortcuts, but adding "EquationInsert" or "Insert an equation" did not produce any responses.


Correct procedure but: Write simply the word "Equation" (thats the word you have to call)

Tip: If you aren't sure what the menu name is for a command, click Help in that app and search for what you want, which will then show you the exact menu name.


There is already a shortcut ^= defined, you can find it in the Insert menu.

PS: The location of = on the keyboard depends on the keyboard layout, so it may not work with all layouts.

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Search under all commands, instead of Insert.

  • That's not really helpful. If you know where to look why not be specific?
    – nohillside
    Jan 9 '19 at 16:41

The shortcut for this is alt + + on Windows.

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