LibreOffice Math introduction
LibreOffice Math is a formula editor that can stand alone but is mainly designed to work with the other applications in the suite. Most office suites do not have a formula editor as part of their suite.
Math lets you insert formatted mathematical and scientific formulas into Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw documents. It can be launched as a standalone application or from within another of the applications.
This section of the Website will cover formulas, regardless of whether they are in Writer, Calc, Impress, or Draw. Some articles and videos may be about Math as a standalone application.
Interface
Math has three areas. They are related, and they affect each other, and each section can be resized, affecting the size of the other two.

 Element
 Preview window
 Equation editor
Element
This area has a dropdown menu and icons representing different mathematical symbols. Choose an item from the list to change the list of icons. Click on the desired icon and it will be inserted in the Preview window. The written code will be inserted in the Equation editor.
Preview window
This simply allows you to examine the equation. You cannot edit the equation from this area. If you click on an element in the window, the corresponding part of the formula will be highlighted in the equation editor.
Rightclicking on a part of an equation allows you to Zoom in or zoom out. It also allows you to update the equation.
Equation editor
This is a text box that allows you to type in an equation or edit what is already there.
Menus and toolbars
Math does not have any unique menus. They are the same as the ones in Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw. The seven menus are as follows:


 File
 Edit
 View
 Format
 Tools
 Window
 Help

The two toolbars are Standard and Tools. Other applications have these toolbars. In Math, Standard is just like the other applications. However, Tools has some unique features to it. Each of the applications has unique icons in its Tools toolbar. For math they are as follows:
 Zoom In
 Zoom Out
 100%
 Show All
 Update
 Formula Cursor
History
Like the other applications in the office suite, Math has its roots in StarOffice. The office product that was purchased by Sun Microsystems at the beginning of the century had a formula editor and several other mathematical applications.
Math was part of StarOffice 3.1, which was released in 1997. It was the first version to be released for Linux.
Math was part of the LibreOffice fork that was released in 2012, version 3.3. Just about every version