In Google Docs' document editor, there's rudimentary support for adding mathematical equations.

I didn't find anything like that in Google Slides' editor.

Anyone know a workaround?

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    There have been a lot of updates to Google Drive apps in the last 3+ years. Is this still an issue?
    – ale
    Sep 10, 2013 at 13:28
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    I tried it today, and could only create equations in Document, not Presentation. Sep 11, 2013 at 19:03
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    It still is. In July 2019. Jun 27, 2019 at 10:24
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    And it's 2020 and I still have to search up these things.
    – Aiden Chow
    May 13, 2020 at 2:16
  • End of 2021 now ...
    – ijuneja
    Nov 13, 2021 at 20:44

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I found this online LaTeX editor. It allows you to type LaTeX and download an image of the resulting equation. It even shows in real time what the equation looks like.

I'm going to use the online LaTeX equation editor to place an equation in Google Presentations, just like you wanted to.

Here's an example:


It's a kind of REST interface that generates a downloadable .png image like this, similar to Google Chart API.

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    I've used this as well, just wanted to add you should increase the font size of the equation to get a nice high res image that doesn't blur if you need it to be big. May 30, 2018 at 15:15
  • Thanks, this has a large resolution range unlike others I saw before.
    – ijuneja
    Feb 11, 2021 at 7:05
  • But it still doesn't solve the problem of writing inline Latex -- something that we use to write theorems, definitions, etc.
    – Pagol
    Mar 11 at 5:35

There is now a Chrome add-on for mathematical equations, but it's not inline.

It's named Math Equations


See this thread in the Google Docs forums.

A mathematical formula created in a Google Docs text document can be dragged to a presentation slide.

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    That's so inconvenient. I must say I'm really not content with the state of online office suites. I'll see if there's a better workaround, and if there's non - I'll accept your answer. Thanks! Jul 27, 2010 at 20:16
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    the math-symbols are created by the Google Chart API (code.google.com/intl/de-DE/apis/chart/index.html), so it is just referencing an image by an url. eg, you can use the equation editor and get back the url of the preview-image and then use that url in the presentation. otherwise it is just as simon said.
    – akira
    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:34
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    That's not true, nowadays. A formula in Google Docs CAN'T be dragged to a presentation anymore.
    – user21799
    Jul 4, 2012 at 12:30

You can install Math Equations add-on for Slides, and then go to Add-onsMath EquationsMenu.


Checkout the Chrome extension EquatIO.

With it it is possible to add equations with LaTeX to google slides.


Go to insert, click on special characters and everything that you need should be right there. This is only for google slides, I don't know how to do it for google docs. Another option is typing the equation in google docs and then pasting it in google slides.


There is no direct and clean way to add equations to Google Slides but you can make an equation in Microsoft Excel, copy it and paste it in Slides.

Note that you can't do this from Google Docs, that is, if you copy-paste an equation created in Docs, it will appear as plain text in Slides losing all equation formatting.

A tip: before you copy the equation from Excel, you may consider enlarging its size by selecting it > Home > Change Font Size.


I am working with Linux, so I do not know if there is similar software. In Linux, however, the simplest solution I know of is writing your LaTeX code into KLaTeXFormula, clicking on copy and pasting it with CTRL+V right into the document.

KLaTeXFormula is great software: It allows you to set your own preamble and also saves previous entries, which you can easily look up in a library.


You can add extension Math Equations. Its latex based, for Google Slides, you can go to Add-on dropdown menu and select Math Equations(which will appear in the list after you add the extension). Its pretty intuitive to use, just type the latex equation in the text space(an interface will appear at the side of the slide). Then, click on add to slide button just below the text box, to add the equation to the slide.


There is an Android app called 'math2slides' which converts LaTeX code to Google Slides shapes, so you can insert and manipulate equations (resizing, changing colors, splitting, etc) in your presentation without losing quality.

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