Math Fonts in Microsoft Office

As you know, Microsoft Office has a new and improved Equation Editor that ROCKS. It is so quick and easy and comes with many benefits. Check out my previous posts on Equation Editor here, here, and here to see why it’s so great.

One issue everyone has with the new Equation Editor, however, is the limited ability to change the font typeface. The default that comes with word, Cambria Math, is nice but doesn’t suit everyone’s needs. If you’re typesetting a document with a font other than Cambria, then it looks a little weird to have your equations in a different font.

After some extensive research, I’ve found three other nice fonts that work with Microsoft Office’s new Equation Editor (these are compatible with Office 2007 or later):

  • XITS Math is somewhat compatible with Times (download here).
  • Asana Math is compatible with Palatino (download here) and if you don’t have Palatino, you can download it here, among other places
  • Latin Modern is the LaTeX font of choice. There is a math font (download here) and a whole family of text fonts (download here). Note: these may not look good on screen, but they look just perfect when printed.

To illustrate what these fonts look like, I’ve taken a screenshot below, and I’ve also uploaded the doc file and the pdf file. The doc file won’t render correctly on your machine, however, unless you actually download all the aforementioned fonts.

 Math Fonts

I hope this helps those who have been searching for alternative fonts for Microsoft Equation Editor. In the comments, please let me know if you find others!

43 thoughts on “Math Fonts in Microsoft Office

  1. Thanks VERY much for this infomation. My BC Calc kids prefer Latin Modern, and now I can use the Eq Editor along with, or inspite of, Mathtype to type the documents that way.

  2. Well, I’m back to using the supplied Cambria / Cambria Math fonts for all my documents. The other options look great, but the readability of Cambria is winning out.

  3. Hi Mr. chase
    I have installed the fonts in MS word 2013. But when I tried to change the font style of equations they are still taking cambric math as their default and they are not changing . How to solve this

    • Kumar…sorry I’m not sure I’ll be able to help. I haven’t tried it with Word 2013, but I’m not sure why it would be any different. I assume you downloaded and installed the fonts into the font directory in the correct way. Are you sure you’re using the correct math font when you write your equation? (that is, you’re sure that it’s not a normal font?) Make sure you’re in math mode, then highlight the whole equation and change the font to XITS Math or whatever else you might have downloaded. If that’s not working, I’m not sure what else to tell you. Please stop by and leave another comment if you do figure out the problem!

      • Hi Chase thanks for your reply.

        I figured it out .. I restarted the word and it’s fine know.
        But the problem with latin modern font or XITS match font is that when I am using accent’s for the characters. In the word file they look fine and they take accent’s but when converted into PDF by saving it from MS word2013. These accents are not appearing . Is there a way to solve this problem?


  4. Not sure if you have discovered this yet …

    In Word 2010 you can change the font face of individual characters in a formula. You need to be in the Equation Tools tab. In the Tools section there is a Normal text lable that you can select. Highlight the letter first, it is a bit tricky to do this the right way, then click the Normal Text button. That should have converter the character to “normal text” so then you can change the font.

    I have used it to insert some characters in EasyOpenFace font.

    • Love love love this.. you’re totally right! I’ll make a special post about this sometime this week. I’m not sure when/if I’ll ever use this functionality, but what a great work around if you ever desperately need a certain font.

      Thank you for sharing!!

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  6. I’m sorry, you forgot to mention how to add them?
    I’m using Windows 7 and MS 2013.
    If it’s *.TTF, you just copy and paste the file, however, there is no *.TTF file in these folders and there are actually many files!

    • I would like to share part of a conversation in a Microsoft Community forum, in which problems MS Word has with otf- fonts (opentype layout with postscript outlines) were discussed. The solutions given are very helpful and solved all the issues I had with Opentype math fonts (and any other Opentype fonts) in MS Word. Here the Latin Modern font family is discussed, but it applies to any other opentype fonts as well (sorry, I do not have the URL of the original post anymore):

      Person 1 (asking)
      “But I have one problem after a font installation. Letters of the installed Latin Modern Roman 12 font in my MS Word 2016 are bitmap and not vector.
      And after saving the document as PDF letters are like pictures so it looks very bad and functions like ctrl+f do not work. Please do you have any idea
      how to implement Latin Modern correctly to Word?”

      Person 2 (giving the solution)
      “The issue lies in how Word handles open type fonts.  They come in two flavors, opentype with true type outlines, and opentype with postscript
      outlines.  Word (usually) correctly embeds the true type flavor but can’t do the postscript outlines type so renders them to bitmaps (thus making
      them look a bit rubbish, Boooo!)

      A solution if the font licence allows it is to use an online converter to convert your .otf font to .ttf, this will convert your the curves from cubic
      (postscript type) curves to quadratic (true type) curves and then install that. My experience is Word wil happily embed them once that is done.
      Of course the ideal would be if Word behaved and embeded both flavours of font nicely ;)”

      I hope that might help. A good online converter e.g. is Convertio, but others will do as well.

    • What are you asking Mahmoud?

      Are you asking if you can render math in fonts like Brush Script? I think the quick answer to this is “no.” But if someone wants to create such a font, go for it! I’m not sure why you would want to render math in a script font.

      If you’re asking about script letters (like you might use to indicate a collection of sets, for example), those are available in any full-feature math font like Cambria Math or the others mentioned above. The shortcuts in word \scriptA or \scriptB produce \mathcal{A} or \mathcal{B}.

      • Thank you for your answer. The second part is what I was looking for. however, I am looking for other forms of scripts other than Cambria to match the notations used by some authers but i do not know the names for them. For example, the script F that looks more like a T.

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  8. Does anyone know of a Math font that would go well in a document where the main text is set in a sanserif font? Ideally, I’d like a sanserif Math font, but one with very light-touch serifs might do the trick.

      • Well, I was looking for some experience when typesetting math in Office. It was my random walk on the web :.). I cannot imagine writing math in something else than (La)TeX. Recently I came across a one hundred page long thesis written in MS Office 2013 and I was quite surprised that the math typesetting was not looking bad at all as it used to look in previous Office versions. Finally Word adopted some typographic conventions that TeX knew 20 years ago. I will probably not test the user friendliness of writing math in Word, I have no reason (and time) for doing so, but I hope that some of the Office lovers might improve their documents by using some of the above free fonts from e-foundry (both text and math fonts).

    • Another good opentype font family, which is not listed at the gust website, is Libertinus, with its opentype math font “Libertinus Math”, as well as its own sans serif font. It looks a bit like minion math and can be downoaded from github and maybe CTAN for free. Here Libertinus is mentioned, along the other opentype math fonts, including examples:

      All of them can be installed not only in (La)TeX, but also in MS Word. A problem- free use is – at least in my experience- possible only after the conversion of the otf- files to ttf, and then installing the latter.

  9. I am admittedly not very computer savvy, but I clicked on the Asana-Math .otf and installed it. It now shows on my fonts, but I still don’t see how to get math icons (division sign, square root,,,,,) to show up. What am I doing wrong?? Thanks for any help 🙂

    • (sorry for the long delay in replying to your comment — for some reason it went unnoticed by me!)

      I’m not sure exactly what the problem is. You tried the link and you got to the download page, and then what happened when you clicked the download link?

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  13. LM Math problems solved. To have quality in the LM Math font, the .otf file must be converted to .ttf, all problems when saving as PDF and losing links/hyperlinks, equation in image format when saving as pdf and disappearance of some characters such as parentheses, are solved with this conversion from otf to ttf.

  14. I don’t want Cambria Math fonts on doc. Not Math!! How to delete Cambria Math fonts?

    This took me several weeks but unsuccessful!!

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