There are four sections to this document
The other three sections of this document will work only if the Microsoft Equation Editor has been installed on the machine you are using; the Equation Editor comes with Microsoft Office but is not installed under a standard installation. The computers in the Sylvania CRC and Sylvania math classrooms all have the Equation Editor installed. On your home machine you probably will need to load your Microsoft office CD and do a custom install to install the Equation Editor. (It's easier to do than the phrase "custom install" implies. J ) All of the maneuvers described in this section of the document will need to be done at most once.
After installing the Equation
Editor, you also want to customize your toolbar so that the Equation Editor
button
is easily accessible. (The button is already on the CRC and math classroom
machines.)
The menu shown in Figure 1 was opened by selecting Tools  Customize from the toolbar menu across the top of the screen, then selecting the commands filetab at the top of the dialogue box, then selecting the insert category on the left side of the box, and finally scrolling down on the rightside of the box until the Equation Editor button was in view. Once you have located the Equation Editor button, leftclick and drag the button up to your toolbar menu. 
Figure 1: Customizing your Toolbar 
(Very) Basic operation of the Equation Editor
Once your Equation Editor button
is in place, all you need to do to open an Equation Box is leftclick that
button. Upon your click an Equation Box like that shown in Figure 2 will
appear as well as the Equation Editor Menu shown in Figure 3. (As a side
note I should mention that the Equation Editor Menu has the unfortunate
habit of sometimes opening directly on top of the location at which you
are typing. L
Should this happen, simply leftclick and drag the solid strip across the
top of the box until the box is out of the way.)
Figure 2: Equation Box 
Figure 3: Equation Editor Menu 
The Equation Editor Menu can be used to insert both symbols and templates for complicated mathematical expressions. For example, Figure 4 shows what you click to insert the Pi symbol; Figure 5 shows what to click to insert a fraction template. 
Figure 4: Inserting a Pi symbol

Once a template has been inserted into your Equation Box, you need to look and see where inside the template the cursor is flashing. You then go ahead and type the information that goes into that location. To move to the next location in the template you press the Tab key. You also press the Tab key to exit the template. When you are done typing in your expression, you leftclick anywhere outside of the Equation Box. If you need to edit an existing Equation Box you simply doubleclick anywhere over the expression contained within the box.
Shortcut Keys are your
very best friend
Mousing all of your math symbols and templates gets real old real fast; thankfully there are shortcut keys that enable you to avoid your mouse in most circumstances. The shortcut keys are found in the Help Menu when you have an Equation Box open. I have copied the most commonly used shortcut keys into figures 6, 7, and 8. 
Figure 6: Shortcut Keys for selected Math Templates 
Figure 7: Shortcut Keys for after the fact symbol Embellishments 
Figure 8: Shortcut keys for selected math symbols 
Simonds tips on using the equation editor
Figure 12: The Matrix Menu Bar 
Figure 13: The Matrix Dialogue Box 
Finally, you will find below is a keystroke guide for creating the expression .