Flash guide
 In the Editor at plickers.com, navigate to your question prompt or answer choice
 Select the Insert Equation icon in the main toolbar at the top
 Enter your equation by using LaTeX notation or the buttons provided
 Click the blue Insert Equation button
Our Equation Editor provides an opportunity to write math and science notation (with LaTeX support) for equations both simple and complex. In this article we take you through how to use it to insert new equations, as well as edit existing ones.
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Below you can see what the Equation Editor looks like:
Insert an Equation

Log in to plickers.com on your laptop/computer
You'll arrive at your Plickers homepage.

Access the Editor at plickers.com
You can do so by either signing in to plickers.com and selecting New Set, or by double clicking on the title of the content item you want to edit. To find out more, check out our Editor article linked here.

Choose where you want to insert your equation
You can do this by clicking into the text box for either the question prompt or any of the choices.
TipFor questions, we would advise inserting an equation into a fresh line of your prompt, to make things as clear as possible for your students.

Click on the Insert Equation icon in the main toolbar at the top

Use the Equation Editor to create an equation
You can type in letters and numbers as normal into the Equation Editor, but there are two possible ways to enter symbols:

If you're experienced with using LaTeX, you may be comfortable typing out what you need within the Equation Editor.
To enter a symbol, simply hit the \ key, type the name of the symbol, then hit the spacebar. For example:
 if you type \sqrt and hit the spacebar, you'll see
 if you type \pi and hit the spacebar, you'll see
Here's a gif to demonstrate:
TipUse the arrow keys on your keyboard to move between data entry points. For example, moving from inside to outside the square root symbol to continue writing the equation.

It's also possible to use the mouse to insert symbols by clicking the buttons provided (like you might do on a calculator for instance).
The gif below shows how to write the same formula as above, but by using the mouse to insert the integral, square root and pi symbols.
TipInstead of using the arrow keys to move between data entry points, it might be more convenient simply to click the area where you want to add text (as shown in the gif above).


Click on the blue 'Insert' button
This will insert the equation into the area of the canvas that you previously selected (either the question prompt or one of the choices).
In our example, we previously chose to insert the equation into the question prompt, so this is what it looks like when we press the button:
More infoIt's possible to copy equations between questions and answer choices. Check out the relevant section below to find out more.
Edit an Equation
Once you've inserted an equation, it's very easy to edit it again; all you really need to do is click on it.

Navigate to the equation you'd like to edit
When you hover your cursor over the equation you'll notice a pale blue background appear, which indicates the extent of that equation.

Click on the equation
When you see the pale blue background appear, click your mouse and you'll be taken to the Equation Editor.

Edit your equation
Use the Equation Editor to make your changes. There's information on how to do this available in the Insert an Equation section above.

Click the blue 'Save Changes' button
When you're happy with your edits, select the blue Save Changes button, and you'll see the changes reflected on the canvas.
Click on the toggle box below to see a gif demonstrating what this overall process looks like:
If you prefer navigating with your keyboard, you can also use your arrow keys to select the equation in the question canvas and then hit enter to edit.
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Move an Equation
There might come a time when you need to copy an equation into an answer choice or another question. There are two ways to do this:

This method requires the use of the Equation Editor both when you copy the equation, and when you paste it. It's also worth noting that this is the way to go if you need to copy only a section of an equation.
Here's a gif to help visualize the process of copying text from one Equation Editor to another. The full instructions follow underneath.

Navigate to the equation you'd like to copy
When you hover your cursor over the equation you'll notice a pale blue background appear, which indicates the extent of that equation.

Click on the equation
You'll be taken to the Equation Editor.

Highlight your equation in the Equation Editor
You can use your mouse, or press ctrl/cmd + A on your keyboard.

Copy the equation
You can either select the main Edit menu and select 'Copy', or press ctrl/cmd + C on your keyboard.

Click 'Cancel' in the top right
Or you can simply hit the 'Escape' key.

Navigate to the destination slide for your equation
Then click into the relevant question or answer choice text box.

Select the Insert Equation icon in the top toolbar

Paste your equation
You can do this by selecting the main Edit menu and selecting 'Paste', or simply by pressing ctrl/cmd + V on your keyboard.

Select the blue 'Insert Equation' button
Your equation will be inserted into its new location.


This method allows you to copy and paste equations without entering the Equation Editor.
Here's a gif to demonstrate the process (the full instructions follow underneath).

Navigate to the equation you'd like to copy

Highlight the full equation
You can use your mouse to do this, or click into the text box and press ctrl/cmd + A to select all.
Note the difference between the pale blue background that shows when your mouse is hovering over an equation, and the darker blue highlight that signifies an equation is selected.
When copying an equation, you'll want to ensure you see the darker highlight. The images below show the difference to look out for.

Copy the equation
You can either rightclick on the equation and select 'Copy', or press ctrl/cmd + C on your keyboard.

Navigate to the destination slide for your equation
Then click into the relevant question or answer choice text box.

Paste your equation
You can do this by rightclicking and selecting 'Paste', or simply by pressing ctrl/cmd + V on your keyboard.

It's not possible to mix the two methods above, i.e. copying an equation from the Equation Editor and pasting it straight into a text box on the canvas, or vice versa.
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Thanks for reading through our guide on using equations within your Plickers content. If you have any followup questions, please feel free to contact our friendly support team at support@plickers.com.
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