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Formula editor as a floating window

The formula editor can cover a large part of the Writer window. To turn the formula editor into a floating window, do this:

  1. Hover the mouse over the editor frame, as shown below.
  2. Hold down the Control key and double-click.
Hold down the Control key and double-click on the border of the formula editor to turn it into a floating window.

The figure below shows the result. You can make the floating window back into an embedded frame, using the same steps. Hold down the Control key and double-click the window frame.

Formula editor as a floating window.

How can I make a formula bigger?

This is one of the most common questions people ask about OOo Math. The answer is simple, but not intuitive:

  1. Start the formula editor and go to Format > Font size.
  2. Changing the font size for a formula.
  3. Select a larger font size under “Base Size" (top-most entry), as shown below.
  4. Edit Base Size

    Edit Base size (top) to make a formula bigger.

The result of this change is illustrated below.

Result of changing the base font size.

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