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Equation Editor Greyed Out [Solved] – Office for Mac 2011

If you find that your equation editor is greyed out when you’re looking to add an awesome equation into your Microsoft Word 2011 document, the remedy is simple.

If your equation editor is greyed out in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac the solution is simple.

If your equation editor is greyed out in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac the solution is simple.

To combat the issue simply save the Word document as a .docx file as the current working document will have [Compatibility Mode] enabled (as seen in the screenshot above).

Once you’ve saved the document into a compatible file you’ll have no problems using Equation Editor.

Teaching Software for 2013

Having moved over from a new MacBook Pro to a newer MacBook Air at the end of this year I’ve had to take a hard look at the apps I had on my old computer to consider whether they were worthy of being ported over.

Here’s a run sheet of which apps made it and which ones didn’t.

Apps that made the transition

  • Alfred - I no longer have apps stored in the dock and I love the clipboard, calculator and terminal features. I purchased this app during the year and have recommended it to most of my teaching colleagues.
  • Evernote - wasn’t a big user of this service in 2011, but have used it extensively in 2012 and even became a premium account member in November (thanks MacHeist!). I love the Evernote Web Clipper as it easily allows me to share sites, videos and links with my students, and the only thing lacking in Evernote is notebook collaboration. My students still have to use Google Docs for this.
  • Dropbox - don’t know how I lived without this service. Became a premium member when I splashed water over my MacBook Pro and the computer died – realised how vulnerable my data and documents were and learnt how to create symbolic links very quickly!
  • Office for Mac 2011 - even though I use Google Docs for practically everthing I still ported over Office for student work. I use Excel perhaps the most out of the Suite.
  • Camtasia 2 - good screencasting software. Processing of videos seems a little faster on the Air.
  • VLC - great free video and DVD player without all the hassles QuickTime gives.
  • Reeder - good app for keeping up to date with sites’ RSS feed. Am finding that I’m relying more on Twitter to keep uptodate with popular personalities and companies. Don’t know whether this app will last much longer.
  • Kindle - simple reader application for ebooks. Am finding that most of the recent books I’ve been reading on this device haven’t been purchased from Amazon, my last Amazon book was actually gifted to me ( My last purchases being from sites such as: LeanPub and The Pragmatic Bookshelf )
  • MousePose - great piece of software that allows your viewers to focus in on area where your mouse pointer is, also allows for clear display of keystrokes. Good for screencasting software use.

Apps that didn’t make the transition

  • Skitch - even though I’m a big user of Evernote, I didn’t particularly use Skitch very much. It had some advantages of being able to annotate images clearly, but that was about it.
  • iWork ’09 - having been a big user of the Microsoft Office Suite for many many years I never really appreciated and liked the iWork Suite. Personally I think it needs an update and I found the tables feature particularly annoying.
  • Mathematica 8 - hardly used it this year, found myself using Wolfram Alpha more.
  • Smart Notebook Software - I really didn’t like this software. A high school teacher needs simplicity when setting up their Smart Board, we need it to be hassle-free when moving from room to room and this service just had too many issues. From its heavy installation process where it takes forever downloading all the resources (most of which I think is geared towards primary school teachers) and connecting a Mac to it can be very painful – especially if you happen to have different versions of Smartboards within the school. My replacement is ConceptBoard - it allows for online collaboration, is quick and easy to set up, you can import any type of file and all they need for my needs is an app in case the internet drops out.
  • Adobe Creative Suite - our school had a site-wide licence but I never found any benefit with using it for my classes. Suited more the Design & Tech teachers. Have been using Sketchbook Express as a replacement – much simpler to use withCintiq tablets.

While being a teacher means that we certainly have to be flexible with software changes, I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on new innovative products in the future. It will be interesting to see next year what apps will make the list or whether any of the apps dropped will restore themselves.