Introduction
EquatIO is multiplatform software for digitizing math and chemistry expressions and equations.
 Input math using a text editor, LaTeX, or use handwriting, screenshot, or speech recognition.
 Insert math into Microsoft Word, Google Suite tools, and Canvas.
 Make math accessible!
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Instructions
EquatIO Platforms and Features
EquatIO runs on your desktop, as a Google Chrome extension, in Canvas, and on mobile devices. Different platforms have different EquatIO features.
EquatIO Feature

Description

Desktop Application

Google Chrome Extension

Canvas External Tool

EquatIO Mobile*

Digitize Math, Physics, and Chemistry Expressions 
Digitize equations and expressions from multiple disciplines 
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Equation Editor 
Digitize typedout math 
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Equation Editor Predictions 
Predict typedout math 
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Insert MathSpace Drawings 
Insert MathSpace Drawings 

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LaTeX Editor 
Digitize math using LaTex markup 
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Handwriting Recognition 
Digitize photos of handwritten equations 
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Digital writing Recognition 
Digitize math written with a mouse or tablet 
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Screenshot Reader 
Digitize math screenshots 
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CameratoMath 
Digitize photos with math 



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Speech Input 
Digitize spoken math 
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Graph Editor 
Enter equations to create graphs 
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Screenshot Reader 
Read aloud math in screenshots 
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*EquatIO Mobile functions differently from the other platforms and is described separately.
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Getting EquatIO
The Accessible Technologies group provides EquatIO to Virginia Tech affiliates  faculty, students, staff, and alumni  at no cost.
Downloading and Installing the Desktop Application
All Equatio for Desktop (Windows or Mac) users must be running Version 1.8.0 or higher to sign in and use the Equatio Desktop product after June 30th.
 Go to Texthelp EquatIO and click your operating system.
 Open the downloaded application. If prompted, allow the installation.
 Click Accept and Install.
 Open EquatIO by clicking its icon on the desktop.
 You will be prompted to authorize EquatIO. Click Google.
 Enter your full Virginia Tech email address and click Next.
 Log in using your Virginia Tech Username (PID) and password, and complete the 2factor authentication.
 The EquatIO bar will appear at the bottom of your computer screen, above the Windows or MacOS toolbar.
Adding the Google Chrome Extension
 In Google Chrome, go to EquatIO  Math made digital and click Add to Chrome.
 Click Add Extension.
 The extension will be added and you'll go to an introductory screen. Click Student, Teacher, or I'd rather not say...
 You'll go to a new Google Doc.
 The EquatIO bar will appear at the bottom of the doc.
 The extension icon will appear in the search bar.
Accessing the Canvas External (LTI) Tool
 Go to Canvas' Rich Content Editor in the Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus tools.
 Click the EquatIO icon in the Rich Content Editor.
 The Insert EquatIO Equation window will open, with a limited version of the EquatIO toolbar at the bottom.
Accessing EquatIO Mobile
EquatIO Mobile is a limited version of EquatIO. It can only access EquatIO math in documents you have created with EquatIO and a Microsoft 365 application. To use it, you must:
 Have the desktop application. See Download and install the desktop application section above.
 Have Microsoft 365. See more information on Microsoft 365 at Virginia Tech.
 Open EquatIO on your desktop. EquatIO mobile will not work on your phone without the desktop version.
 Go to EquatIO Mobile in your mobile browser or scan the QR code from the EquatIO bar.
 Tap Sign in with Google and log in with a Google account.
 You will be redirected to your Microsoft 365 Active Documents.
Resources for EquatIO Mobile
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Setting Up EquatIO
 Set up EquatIO display, toolbar, prediction, and input options.
 Options differ depending on the EquatIO platform.
 On the EquatIO bar, click EquatIO > Options. In the Options window, click:
 Math Options to set font size and turn on/off predictive help for math and chemistry equations and for formulas.
 Toolbar Options to enable and disable EquatIO features on the toolbar.
 Desktop Options to insert math as a Microsoft Word equation.
 Save changes on each options screen.
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Typing to Create Digital Math
 The Equation Editor can predict what you type and turn words into symbols.
 Access the Equation Editor on the EquatIO Toolbar in the desktop application, Google Chrome Extension, and Canvas external tool, but not in EquatIO Mobile.
 Equation digital math can be inserted as math, LaTeX, as an image file, and more.
Predictive Text
Prediction will offer suggestions for a symbol as you type in Equation Editor. For example, if you type "add," it will insert "+."
Math predictions are enabled by default, but you can also turn on predictions for chemistry and formulas. To change your prediction options:
 Click EquatIO > Options.
 Click Math Options, and under Predictions, click the sliders to enable/disable predictions for math, chemistry, and formulas.
 Click Save.
Typing Out Equations to Create Digital Math
 Open EquatIO desktop application, the Canvas external tool, or the Google Chrome extension to display the EquatIO toolbar.
 In the EquatIO bar, click the edit equation icon.
 Type in your equation.
 Prediction will recognize words and show a list of related symbols. Click a symbol to insert.
 To insert a symbol directly, click the More icon at the top right of the toolbar then click the Symbols icon.
 When you're done composing your equation, you can insert it by:
 On the bottom right of the toolbar, click Insert Math. The digital math will appear in your document.
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Writing Equations With a Stylus, Mouse, or Touchscreen to Create Digital Math
 Handwriting recognition you to write your equation on screen, and EquatIO will recognize and convert it into digital math.
 Access handwriting recognition on the EquatIO toolbar on all platforms  EquatIO Desktop Editor, Google Chrome Extension, Canvas external tool, and EquatIO Mobile.
Watch EquatIO®: How to Use Handwriting Recognition.
 In the EquatIO toolbar, click the pencil and letter icon.
 Use your cursor or stylist to write your equation in the grad space under Handwriting.
 The Math side will display the digital math.
 Click Insert Math to insert the math into Canvas.
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Converting Speech to Digital Math
 Speech input allows your to say your equation and EquatIO will record and convert it into a math equation.
 Access speech input on the EquatIO toolbar on all platforms  EquatIO Desktop Editor, Google Chrome Extension, Canvas external tool, and EquatIO Mobile.
Watch EquatIO®: How to Use Speech Input.
 In the EquatIO toolbar, click the click the microphone icon.
 Click the red and white record button on the Speech side to begin recording.
 Say your equation. EquatIO will display what you've said.
 In the Canvas external tool and the Google Chrome Extension, EquatIO will automatically convert your speech to math.
 In the desktop app, EquatIO will display your speech as words until you click pause. Then it will convert your speech to math (screenshot shows desktop application).
 Click the record button again to stop recording.
 EquatIO display the digital math. You can use the More icon to insert numbers and symbols.
 Click Insert Math to insert the math into Canvas.
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Converting Between LaTeX and Digital Math
 EquatIO's LaTeX editor converts LaTeX markup into digital math and vise versa.
 It is available on the EquatIO desktop application and the Canvas external tool, but not in the Google Chrome extension or EquatIO Mobile.
 Microsoft Word and Canvas can also convert the LaTeX into digital math.
Converting Between LaTeX and Digital Math in EquatIO

 In the EquatIO bar click LATEX (it's only in the desktop app and the Canvas external tool).
 A LaTeX editor will appear on the left, and the EquatIO Equation Editor on the right.
 Anything you enter on either side will be converted in real time to the other form.
 Click Insert Math to insert the digital math into your document.
Converting LaTeX to Digital Math in Microsoft 365 Applications

 Copy a LaTeX equation to your computer's clipboard.
 In the Word document, click Insert ⇒ Equation.
 Right click the equation box. Under Paste Options, click the [A] to paste the LaTeX markup as text.
 Press enter and if your LaTeX equation has valid syntax, it will be converted into a math equation.
Converting LaTeX to Digital Math in Canvas
 Copy a LaTeX equation to your computer's clipboard.
 In the Canvas rich content editor, click Insert then Equation to open the Canvas equation editor.
 Click Directly Edit LaTeX and put your LaTeX equation into the box, then click Done.
 The equation will appear in Canvas.
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Graphing Digital Math
 Use EquatIO's Graph Editor to visualize equations visual and insert graphs into your document.
 The Graph Editor is accessible on the EquatIO toolbar in the desktop application, the Google Chrome Extension, and the Canvas external tool, but not in EquatIO Mobile.
Watch EquatIO®: How to use Graphing.
 Compose a graphable equation using any of EquatIO's methods  typing, speech, handwriting, or conversion from LaTeX.
 Copy the digital math.
 In the desktop app, click the copy icon.
 In the Canvas external tool and Google Chrome extension, select the digital math and copy it to your clipboard.
 In the EquatIO toolbar, click the graph icon.
 The Desmos graphing tool will appear. Equations are inserted on the left, and graphs generated on the right.
 If your equation doesn't automatically appear, paste it into the left side of the screen.
 You can also click the + under Graph to use the Desmos equation editor, but EquatIO's equation editor is better.
 Click Insert Graph to insert the graph in your document.
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Using EquatIO Mobile
EquatIO Mobile is a limited version of EquatIO supporting speech recognition, styluswritten equations, and camera/photo recognition of equations. It functions differently from the EquatIO desktop application, Canvas external tool, and Google Chrome extension, so it is described separately here.
Opening EquatIO Mobile
 Navigate to https://www.m.equat.io, which is the website for EquatIO mobile.
 On the website, log in with the same google account that you are using for the desktop version.
 Open a document on your computer.
 On the mobile website, open an active document as shown in the below image.
Digitizing an Equation
A prerequisite for this section is that you must already be logged into EquatIO on both your mobile device and your computer. In addition, you must have already selected an open document. To do this, follow the steps in the previous section.
Hand Write an Equation

 Click the pencil and letter icon.
 Draw your equation in the grid space.
3. Click the checkmark to save your equation as math or as an image. Save as math is shown below.
Speaking an Equation
 Tap the microphone icon.
 Tap the red and white record button.
 Allow use of your microphone if your haven't already.
 Say your equation and EquatIO will convert it to math in real time.
 Click the record button again to stop recording.
 Click the checkmark > Save as math.
Taking a Picture of an Equation
 Tap the camera icon.
 Allow use of your camera if your haven't already.
 Click the blue and white button to take a picture of your equation, then drag the square around the equation in the picture.
 Click the checkmark to save your equation as math and click on the blue upload button in the below image.
Inserting an Equation Into Microsoft Word
 Click the blue export icon in the bottom left to copy your equation into the Microsoft Word document.
 The document will open with your equation.
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Troubleshooting
Can't Register EquatIO
 Make sure you have access to EquatIO through Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech affiliates  faculty, staff, students, and alum  can use EquatIO for free through Virginia Tech. Others cannot.
 Try registering EquatIO on another platform. Choose from the desktop application, the Google Chrome extension, or EquatIO mobile.
 If you still can't register EquatIO, go to 4help.vt.edu, log in, and click Get Help. Explain your problem and submit.
Trouble Using EquatIO
 See Texthelp (the makers of EquatIO) EquatIO Documentation.
 Contact Texthelp Support:
Can't Convert to LaTeX in Microsoft Word
Only the Microsoft 365 version of Microsoft Word supports LaTeX conversion. Active Virginia Tech affiliates have access to Microsoft 365. You may also experiment with the equation format dataset which can be changed in the top bar of Microsoft Word after inserting an equation with the equation tool.
Can't Sign into EquatIO Desktop
Users will need to be running Equatio for Desktop (Windows or Mac) Version 1.8.0 or higher to sign in and use the Equatio Desktop product after June 30th, 2023.
 Open EquatIO desktop and click on the EquatIO menu button.
 Click on Options.
 Click on About to view the version number.
 If you are running a version less than 1.8.0, uninstall the the application.
 Then go to Downloading and Installing the Desktop Application for directions for installing the latest version of EquatIO.
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Getting Help
Resources
For technical support and information on accessibility:
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