# Pile of Equations Don't Align at Relational Signs (=, <, etc.)

**ID: Q100942**

The information in this article applies to:

- Microsoft Equation Editor, versions 1.0, 1.0b
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b,
and 2.0c
- Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 5.0, 5.0a, 5.1, 5.1a
- Microsoft Windows operating system versions 3.0, 3.1
- Apple operating system versions 6.0.2, 6.0.3, 6.0.5, 6.0.7,
6.0.8, 7.0, 7.1

## SYMPTOMS

When you align a pile of equations at a relational sign denoting an
inequality or an equivalence relationship (=, <, >, and so forth)
using the Format Align At= command in Microsoft Equation Editor, some
equations may not align as expected.

## CAUSE

This problem occurs if you insert the relational sign as part of an
argument in the formula. The Align At= command only recognizes
relational signs that you insert with the insertion point at the
baseline of the formula; it does not recognize such signs that you
insert with the insertion point inside the argument of a formula.

## RESOLUTION

To properly insert a relational sign in Equation Editor that aligns
correctly using the Align At = command, use the following steps:

1. Create the left side of the equation.

2. Press the TAB key as necessary to move the insertion point to the

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baseline of the equation. (The vertical line of the insertion point
should be at the far right, and the horizontal line should be below
the entire formula).
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3. Type the desired relational sign or insert a symbol from the
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Relational Symbols palette.
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4. Complete the equation.
The misalignment described above happens most frequently when you
create equations that include integrals and summations.

The Align At = command aligns a stack of equations at any relational
symbol. This includes any of the symbols on the Relational Symbols
palette as well as the equal sign (=), the greater than symbol (<),
and the less than symbol (>).

Use the following procedure to manually align a line in a pile of
equations if you cannot modify it using the above steps:

1. Select the misaligned equation.

2. Press CMD+LEFT ARROW or CMD+RIGHT ARROW to nudge the equation to

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the correct location.
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## REFERENCES

"Microsoft Equation Editor User's Guide," Word for the Macintosh,
pages 79-81, 50

"Microsoft Equation Editor User's Guide," version 1.0, pages 40,
46-47, 50, 79-80, 82

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CD 2.00b 2.00c stack stacked piled equality sign

Last Reviewed: September 10, 1996