Introduction to Using EquatIO on Your Desktop

EquatIO by TextHelp allows users to create digital equations using input from keyboard, handwriting (limited with free version), and voice dictation, integrates the Desmos graphing calculator, and is compatible with LaTeX input. While Microsoft Office includes its own equation editor, EquatIO is also compatible with Word and PowerPoint. A premium version is available that includes more features and UI options such as dynamic Desmos graphs and unlimited expressions, unlimited handwriting recognition, and a screenshot reader.

Getting your students started with EquatIO

Step by Step Directions for Downloading EquatIO

This guide explains how to use EquatIO on your Desktop.

  1. Download EquatIO.
  2. On your desktop, open EquatIO.
    • A toolbar should appear at the bottom of your primary monitor.
  3. On the EquatIO Task Barclick the icon on the left labeled Equation Editor;
    • this will open a text window above the task bar labeled ‘Math’
  4. Type your equation into the ‘Math’ box.
    • If you want to include any specific letters, operators, or formula click any of the icons on the bottom right of the ‘Math’ box.
      • They are labeled Math Operators, Symbols, Functions, and Greek Letters
    • The equation can be typed in plain text and will be converted to the appropriate operators; e.g: ‘two’ will become ‘2’ while ‘fraction’ will produce a fillable fraction box
  5. Once you have completed your equation click the insert math button in the EquatIO Tool Bar.
    • The accessible version equation will appear in the document and will have alt-text as well.
  6. The completed equation can be copied and pasted into Google Doc or the Canvas RCE and it will retain all of its formatting.

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