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Old 04-18-2016, 04:15 PM   #1
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Ubuntu LibreOffice Writer inserting math equation


I want to insert the formula
4x+6y+1z/2x

I want to use regular math divide symbol(straight line) instead of
/

I use insert --> special characters but I couldn't find the right divide straight line symbol.
 
Old 04-18-2016, 06:38 PM   #2
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Insert -> Object -> Formula
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:42 PM   #3
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libreoffice has a math / algebra program

insert / object / formula
 
Old 04-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #4
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It also has very good documentation, including a guide to the awesome Math module.
https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/documentation/
 
Old 04-19-2016, 02:12 PM   #5
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libreoffice has a math / algebra program

insert / object / formula
I don't see subcript or superscript to format a particular character under formula.
 
Old 04-20-2016, 09:48 AM   #6
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You have to use the markup language.

Click on the link in DavdMcCann's post (#4) and give "Math Guide 4.0 (equation editor)" a read.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 02:56 PM   #7
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Sorry, but this is not an acceptable answer.

IMO, users should not need to enter a "equation editor" just to do something simple such as insert a traditional "divided by" symbol INLINE into some text. Is this the way it needs to be done in Microsoft or Apple applications? Or is this unique to Libre Office/Open office?

My concern is for Libre Office to have maximum ease of use in comparison with other options (because I'm an open source advocate). To be clear, we are speaking of the symbol that consists of a horizontal dash with one dot above it and one dot below it. Are we actually missing this symbol in standard character sets?

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Old 01-25-2018, 08:59 PM   #8
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This post is two years old, but I mean, if you are serious about typing equations LaTeX is the way to go. MS Office and Libreoffice don’t really hold a candle to LaTeX for technical writing IMHO.
 
Old 01-26-2018, 12:55 AM   #9
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Thanks for your reply. Yes, this thread is two years old. But as I stated, the original question has never been answered. And it still hasn't been (unless I'm misunderstanding something).

I have no desire to "type equations." I simply want to insert a "divided by" symbol into a line of text--the same way I can insert a plus sign. And again, we are not talking about a forward slash. I need the symbol that looks like a minus sign with a little dot above and below it.

I use Linux exclusively. I don't even own a copy of windows or osx. If anyone does, can they tell me... can you type this symbol in those operating systems? It seems insane to me that such a common symbol cannot simply be typed or inserted as a special character. There are at least a thousand totally useless, archaic symbols in the special character library--yet this one is missing??? Really??? Who makes these decisions???

Thanks to anyone who has an answer.
 
Old 01-26-2018, 05:45 AM   #10
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Okay.. Below(in the attachment), you can see a division with a simple 'minus sign with a little dot above and below'. As stated already I believe, Insert -> Object -> Formula -> Unary/Binary Operations in Libreoffice should do the trick.
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:32 AM   #11
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Firstly, it's best practice to start your own thread, not to resurrect a dead one: that way it will get the attention it deserves.

As you say, all you need to do is to type ÷ not insert a whole equation.

1. Click on Insert - Special Character and select Latin 1: division is at the start of line 6, below Ç and above ç.

2. Set a compose key (the useless one to the left of right control is a good choice) and then you can type "Compose - :"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compose_key

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Old 03-09-2018, 06:59 PM   #12
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Thanks much! That's exactly what I was looking for!
And thanks for the tip...I'll do that next time.


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Firstly, it's best practice to start your own thread, not to resurrect a dead one: that way it will get the attention it deserves.

As you say, all you need to do is to type ÷ not insert a whole equation.

1. Click on Insert - Special Character and select Latin 1: division is at the start of line 6, below Ç and above ç.

2. Set a compose key (the useless one to the left of right control is a good choice) and then you can type "Compose - :"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compose_key
 
  


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