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 '13 at 13:28
  • I tried it today, and could only create equations in Document, not Presentation. – Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos Sep 11 '13 at 19:03

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 the image, similar to Google Chart API:

  • So in essence you add an image of the equation? – batpigandme Sep 10 '13 at 14:11
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    Yes. I believe that's the same way it works on e.g. wikipedia, except in this case you need to import the image in Presentation using the image from URL option. – Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos Sep 11 '13 at 18:51
  • Cool - just wanted to clarify! – batpigandme Sep 11 '13 at 19:52
  • 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. – Joseph Farah May 30 '18 at 15:15

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! – Elazar Leibovich Jul 27 '10 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 '10 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 '12 at 12:30

There is now an add-on for mathematical equations, but it's not inline: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/math-equations/edbiogkpgmbdkmgmdcdmgminoahbcdml?hl=en

  • Why downvote? I added the answer purely out of good will. Now I feel very discouraged and will stop helping the community.. :( – John Jiang Aug 6 '18 at 17:08
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    It actually works great! – Ben Usman Feb 6 at 16:18

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.

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