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The status bar displays information about the active document.



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Tools Bar



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<link href="text/smath/main0203.xhp" name="Tools Bar">Tools Bar</link>



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The Tools bar contains frequently used functions.



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<link href="text/smath/02/03010000.xhp" name="Formula Cursor">Formula Cursor</link>



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$[officename] Math Features



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<variable id="main0503"><link href="text/smath/main0503.xhp" name="$[officename] Math Features">$[officename] Math Features</link></variable>



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This section contains an overview of some of the important functions and capabilities that $[officename] Math offers.



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$[officename] Math provides numerous operators, functions and formatting assistants to help you create formulas. These are all listed in a selection window, in which you can click the required element with the mouse to insert the object into your work. There is an exhaustive <link href="text/smath/01/03091500.xhp" name="reference">reference</link> list and numerous <link href="text/smath/01/03090900.xhp" name="samples">samples</link> contained in the Help.



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Creating a Formula



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As with charts and images, formulas are created as objects within a document. Inserting a formula into a document automatically starts $[officename] Math. You can create, edit and format the formula using a large selection of predefined symbols and functions.



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Typing a Formula Directly



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If you are familiar with the $[officename] Math language, you can also type a formula directly into the document. For example, type this formula into a text document: "a sup 2 + b sup 2 = c sup 2". Select this text and choose <emph>Insert  Object  Formula</emph>. The text will be converted into a formatted formula.



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Formulas cannot be calculated in $[officename] Math because it is a formula editor (for writing and showing formulas) and not a calculation program. Use spreadsheets to calculate formulas, or for simple calculations use the text document calculation function.



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Creating a Formula in the Commands Window



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<ahelp hid="HID_SMA_COMMAND_WIN_EDIT">Use the $[officename] Math Commands window to enter and edit formulas. As you make entries in the Commands window, you see the results in the document.</ahelp> To maintain an overview when creating long and complicated formulas, use the Formula Cursor on the Tools bar. When this function is activated, the cursor location within the Commands window is also shown in the text window.



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Individual Symbols



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You can create your own symbols and import characters from other fonts. You can add new symbols to the basic catalog of $[officename] Math symbols, or create your own special catalogs. Numerous special characters are also available.



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Formulas in Context



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To make working with formulas easier, use the context menus, which can be called up with a right mouse click. This applies especially to the Commands window. This context menu contains all the commands that are found in the Elements pane, and also operators, and so on, which can be inserted into your formula by mouseclick without having to key them into the Commands window.

