How To Insert Equation When Equation Editor Greyed Out [Solved]

If you open up certain types of Microsoft Word documents you will find you’re unable to insert an equation as the icon used to insert equations into your document cannot be clicked and looks greyed out.

Something that looks a little like this:

Equation Editor icon in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac greyed out

Thankfully the solution is quite simple.

To get around this problem simply save the Word document as a .docx file as the current working document will have [Compatibility Mode] enabled (as seen in the screenshot above).

Once you’ve saved the document into a compatible file you’ll have no problems clicking on the Equation Editor icon and embedding your juicy equations in.

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Ryan Sheehy
Ryan has been dabbling in code since the late '90s when he cut his teeth exploring VBA in Excel. Having his eyes opened with the potential of automating repetitive tasks, he expanded to Python and then moved over to scripting languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP.