Answered By: Reference Librarians Last Updated: Jul 15, 2020 Views: 49402
Here is a link to the Microsoft website for a solution.
The short answer is, for older versions of Word (2007, 2010, 2013), you need to buy a new font. Out of the box, Office 2010 and 2013 have only Cambria with all of the math characters that are needed for the Equation Editor: "If you're really serious about changing the font, you may have to purchase an add-on from Microsoft called Kutool."
In Word 2016 you can change font sizes, styles or even paragraph style in every equation like a usual text.
To change a font size & style in an equation (how to add an equation, see Working with Microsoft Equation), do the following:
1. Select an equation or part of it which you want to change.
2. Right-click in it and choose Font... in the popup menu (or click Ctrl+Shift+F):
3. Change the settings like a usual text in Word 2016.
To change a paragraph style, select an equation or part of it which you want to change, right-click in it and choose Paragraph... in the popup menu. Then change the settings like a usual paragraph in Word 2016.
One of our users suggested an alternative fix (thanks to Jorn v D):
Select the text; go to "Design" and click "abc Text" on the left. Afterwards you can change it to whatever you like.
- I've tried your recommendations with Word 2016, but it is not working. The equations gleefully remain cambria math.
- I have also tried this and the equations remain in cambria math.
- @Morten and Brittany - stop by the Walsh U Library and a librarian would be happy to look at this with you.
- I also can't get it to change the font. However, it will change the size.
- @S Quinn - stop by the Walsh U Library and a librarian would be happy to look at this with you.
- I just found a way to do this myself! Select the text; go to "Design" and click "abc Text" on the left. Afterwards you can change it to whatever you like. Hope this helps
- Comment #6 works!! Thanks Jorn v D!
- THIS WILL WORK: https://www.officetooltips.com/word_2016/tips/setting_font_size_and_styles_in_an_equation.html
- 6 works
- No. 6 worked
- @Jorn Comment 6 works.
- You have to select only the numbers and not also the space after it for "font" to work
- I don't know whether to thank Walsh U for making this globally visible or Google for finding it, and certainly my thanks to John v D!
- Thank you so much for making this available--#6 was a huge help!
- For 2020 Word, select the text and then go to "Equation" and select "ab Text" on upper left. Now you can go back to "Home" and select any font :)