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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2020     Views: 41756

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."

Click on the Equation Editor for more information about changing fonts for equations one-by-one as well as how Kutool will help you. This tool will work in Word 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016.

In Word 2016 you can change font sizesstyles 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): 

Font in Word 2016 

    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.

 

Comments (14)

  1. I've tried your recommendations with Word 2016, but it is not working. The equations gleefully remain cambria math.
    by Morten on Mar 29, 2019.
  2. I have also tried this and the equations remain in cambria math.
    by Brittany on Apr 08, 2019.
  3. @Morten and Brittany - stop by the Walsh U Library and a librarian would be happy to look at this with you.
    by Katie Hutchison on Apr 09, 2019.
  4. I also can't get it to change the font. However, it will change the size.
    by S Quinn on May 16, 2019.
  5. @S Quinn - stop by the Walsh U Library and a librarian would be happy to look at this with you.
    by Katie Hutchison on May 22, 2019.
  6. 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
    by Jorn v D on Jun 12, 2019.
  7. Comment #6 works!! Thanks Jorn v D!
    by Works in Powerpoint too!!!! on Jun 18, 2019.
  8. THIS WILL WORK: https://www.officetooltips.com/word_2016/tips/setting_font_size_and_styles_in_an_equation.html
    by HAri on Jul 20, 2019.
  9. 6 works
    by Sanjeev on Oct 01, 2019.
  10. No. 6 worked
    by Confidence on Mar 29, 2020.
  11. @Jorn Comment 6 works.
    by Resqued on Apr 06, 2020.
  12. You have to select only the numbers and not also the space after it for "font" to work
    by f on May 08, 2020.
  13. 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!
    by J. Q Avins on Jun 02, 2020.
  14. Thank you so much for making this available--#6 was a huge help!
    by KC on Jun 26, 2020.

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