# Insert>Equation does not recognise LaTeX “shortcuts” as per Google Docs help guide

In Google Docs, when I choose from the menu Insert>Equation, it displays literally shortcuts such as "\frac". For example, the following:

\frac {a}{b}

Should display a fraction with a over b. But it just shows the text above. What am I doing wrong? I have followed the usage defined and demonstrated here:

Despite mimicking some of the LaTeX syntax, Google Document Equation Editor is still WYSIWYG: changes to an equation happen immediately in response to key presses, there is no compilation stage. In particular, there are no { } for grouping: you control the placement of characters visually. Think of entering "\frac " as equivalent to clicking a button for "fraction pattern" in the toolbar.