How to Put Math Symbols into Documents and Web Pages

Putting math symbols into Google Docs

1. Use a program like texify (available online at or on Linux) to create a .gif of the equation.

An input of  \sum_{i=1}^n i = \frac{n(n+1)}{2} will produce an output of.
Note that part of the LaTeX learning curve must be climbed here.

Here is a link to the above equation produced by$ \sum_{i=1}^n i = \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$
This can be used wherever http links work. produces a link to the .gif file as well as images that can be copied and pasted. Three different sizes of .gif images are produced.

Here is an example of a link to the above equation:

You can use this link in Google Docs by using the menu -> Insert -> Picture, then selecting the "From the web (URL) radio button" and pasting the link into the entry box labeled "Enter Image web address", then clicking on the "insert"button".
Doing so this gives this result:

2. Use OpenOfiice Write and OpenOffice Formula, discussed below. Upload OpenOffice Write .odt to Google Docs. Works well.

3. Use  Microsoft Office. It is possible, and I used to do this, but I haven't done so for a few years. I don't remember the exact procedures. Know that it is possible; research on how do do it if you have the need. Microsoft Office .doc files can be uploaded to Google Docs. They probably behave like OpenOffice .odt files once they are uploaded.

Putting math symbols into Google Notes:

You can use the mouse to select, copy and paste sections of a Google Docs document into Google Notes.

Note that there is a slight glitch with this procedure, at least as I do it today. You cannot just select, copy and paste an image (your .gif image of a formula, here) all by itself into Google Notes. You need to select a little text as well as the image.

Selecting just this (note the colon), copying and pasting will drop the image, with the text, into Google Notes.


You can delete superfluous text once you have the image in Google Notes.

Putting math symbols into OpenOffice Write documents:

Open Office Write has a formula editor named "Formula", both built-in to Write and as a separately invokable program. It uses a markup language similar to, but different than, texify/LaTeX. The nice things about it are:
  1. It allows you to see the equation image that you are entering as you are entering it.
  2. Open Office document files (.odt) can be directly imported into Google Docs. The formulas are displayed as images.

Putting math symbols into a web page:

I use Google Sites to create my web pages. You can directly select, copy and paste from a Google Docs document into the editor for Google Sites. Unlike Google Notes, you can select, copy and paste just an image by itself. it's very easy peasy.

Other web site editor results may vary, but since you can get .gif images of all your formulas from the Google Docs document,  you can create HTML files in any manner desired.