Here’s where I have to admit that I used MathType for YEARS before I learned this little tip. However, it’s one of those that I use all the time now that I have learned it.

Have you ever had mathematical text that just didn’t look right? You can actually “nudge” each character to a new position to get it exactly the way you want it to look. While that is helpful, you can also use nudging to overlay some text on top of other text – this can be used to create, among other things, number lines!

Now, I can certainly make beautiful number lines in other programs too, but when I need a quick & dirty number line, there’s no reason why I can’t use MathType to do it. Here’s a little video demo of the nudging technique and a “How to” on making a number line.

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Great solution for generating a nice number line (I would use the double pointing arrow instead though).

Thanks for posting this.

Great tip, Maria. Using a matrix is actually a very good idea. We have an Application Note on our website that shows how to make a number line by using the double-head arrow with the text slot above

andbelow the arrow, and without a matrix. This sometimes requires nudging both slots though — extra nudging compared to the matrix method. One thing you might consider is deleting all the contents of the matrix after you’ve nudged it, then save it to the MathType large tabbed bar. That way, you’ve got a number line template all ready to go for next time.BTW, we’re poised to launch a new website feature titled “MathType Tips & Tricks”. We’ll be adding new tips periodically. The best way to find about about new tips is to subscribe to our Design Science News blog.

We also have a second blog focused on Making Math Accessible, which was

announced on this blog on January 28. You can subscribe to our Making Math Accessible blog from the link above.

I love this suggestion. I don’t have MathType, so I tried it using Equation Editor, which I use a lot, and it works there too! (No offense to the MathType guy.) I had no idea that “nudging” in an equation was possible. Thanks!