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In this post, I'm going to talk about equation numbering, one of our most highly-requested features. Setting up your equation numbering for easy one-click entry takes a few steps, so bear with me. You have to go through this process only once, and after that, you'll be able to insert equation numbers with just one click. Feel free to read the steps below, watch the video demos instead, or do both!
Step 1: Insert a 3x1 table. Your equation numbers can go in the leftmost or rightmost column, and your equation should be placed in the middle column.
Step 2: Next, you'll want to make sure your table is laid out properly, to ensure that your equation is centered horizontally on the page, and your equation numbers are centered vertically with respect to the equation. This step has a few sub-steps:
1. With your IP in the table, click on the Layout contextual tab, and then click on the dialog launcher for Cell Size.
2. On the "Table" tab, set the Preferred Width to 100%. This ensures your table takes up the whole width of the page.
3. On the "Column" tab, set your columns to have the following widths: Column1 = 15% Column2 = 70% Column3 = 15%
4. Determine if you want your equation numbers to the left or right of the equation. For the cell (left or right) you've designated for your equation numbers, on the "Cell" tab, select Center under Vertical Alignment.
5. Don't forget to hide the table borders. If you want to see the table boundaries, choose "Show Gridlines" on the Borders dropdown.
Step 3: Place your IP in the cell where you'd like to type your equation numbers, and start a Multi-level list. You may want to change list level, so that your equations are of the level 1.1. instead of 1. You may also choose to define a new Multi-Level list, so that you can add parentheses and remove punctuation.
Step 4: Adjust the spacing after the table, to match the spacing after setting in the previous paragraph. If the previous paragraph has 10 pts as its "After" setting, you'll want to make sure your new paragraph also has 10 pts after. Otherwise, your equation will not be vertically centered between the preceding and following paragraphs.
Step 5: Insert a Placeholder equation. You can do this by clicking in the middle cell and choosing Insert | Equation, or by using the Alt+= shortcut key.
Step 6: Now you are ready to save your equation for easy reuse! Select the entire table, and on the Equation dropdown menu, choose "Save Selection to Equation Gallery." Give your equation a name, such as Numbered Equation. From this point forward, you will be able to insert numbered equations from the equation gallery.
In this video, I'll demonstrate how to customize equation numbers to match your chapter headings.
this is a great equation numbering tips for beginner
Thank you. That was very helpful. I have the unfortunate task of converting a document that was already typeset in LateX (which has a built in way to number equations and refer to those equations throughout the document) into a Word document. I can't say that MSWord has caught up to LateX, but your tip will make my task a bit less painful.
How hard would it be for MS to write a LateX -> Word utility for converting entire documents that would make the resulting Word document look like the pdf that would have been produced by LateX -> PDF? There does not seem to exist a decent third party utility for this. (I've tried GrindEq and it is very clumsy)
Please see comments from "blakeredfield", below. I very much agree with him. In addition, it would be nice to be able to reference equations in such a way so that IF an equation number changes (as the paper progresses), the reference number in the body of the paper changes along with the reference. This would also be REALLY, REALLY helpful to have the same feature for tables and figures.
I can't tell you how many papers I've written where I have to check and re-check and re-check to make sure all references to table, figures and equations match up. It's really embarrassing when something so simple is wrong. PLEASE make this easier on all of us!
SO VERY HELPFUL! Thank you very much!!!
Is there a way to make the number a caption or use it like a caption so it can be used in cross references (both referencing to the equation from the text and compiling a list of equations for the forward of the document)?
Jennifer - I followed these steps successfully however when I try to add a cross reference to an equation I see the equation numbers (1), (2) etc in the "Numbered item" list but when I try to "Insert reference to: Paragraph number" all that gets inserted is "0". What gives ?
If equation numbering is one of the most highly-requested features THEN WHY DON'T YOU SHITHEADS IMPLEMENT IT?
Seriously, it boggles the mind that things like this still don't work after 30 years of development.
I don't think its possible to reference equations using the directions presented here, although work around were presented further down in the comments here.
Thanks for the reply Mike. I have since got another work around working which uses a 3x1 table with an eqn object in the middle cell and a numbered list in the third. Probably alot of people doing this.
Nicely explained the method. I found a little problem in above method. I failed to cross-reference the equation numbered by above method. I found out another way. Instead of multi-level numbering, I used caption to insert the equation number in the third column and that worked. I had to first insert equation caption in somewhere in the document and then dragged it in the third column and that's all.
Hi can you please post where this video is I can not find it with keyword search
Both of the video link aren't working :@
Thanx a ton, but how to give cross reference for these equations ?
PART 2: How to Use the Building Block to create a new numbered equation paragraph
See Part 1 about "How to create a paragraph style for numbered equations." It's located in an earlier post.
There are two places where you can retrieve your new building block. One is from the Building Blocks Organizer that is located in Insert Menu>Text Group>Quick Parts. The other is from the Equation creator; I’ll describe using the Equation creator.
1) Press the Enter key to create a new paragraph.
2) From the Main Menu, click Insert, then from the Symbols group, click the tiny-little triangle located on the Equation button to open it up as a drop-down list.
3) Using the scroll bar, scroll down to your building block (in this example it’s called “Numbered Equation Paragraph”), and then click to insert it. It will appear in your document with all the ready to use contents.
4) If the field for numbering the equation is showing code instead of a number, select the field and press Alt+F9 to toggle the field to view the number. You can also right-click and us e the pop-up menu.
The instructions are long, but it give you enough detail so you will be able to get through it without a problem.