How To Insert Equations in Canva

Are you trying to insert equations in Canva? Learn how to do it with ease through the detailed steps below.
How To Insert Equations in Canva

If you’re trying to insert equations using the text box, you might have had a hard time working with complex equations. To make this easier and add flexibility, Canva has included a dedicated app for inserting equations.

The app for creating equations gets you all covered, but just in case you’re not happy with it, we have included an alternative, and the steps for both approaches are provided below.

Insert Equations using Equations (Beta) App  

  1. Start by navigating to Canva and sign in with your credentials. Next, navigate to the Recent designs and click on the design you’re working on.
Recent designs on Canva
  1. After the design is loaded, navigate to the options on the left and click on Apps. Next, click on its associated search box, type Equations, and hit Enter.
Search for Equations app on Canva
  1. Doing so, you’re displayed with only one result, which is the Equations app. Now click on it, and the app is shown on the left with an input box and several options.
Typing an equation in equations app
  1. For demonstration, we have created a template for the Quiz, and let’s learn how to insert equations by filling in the options.
  2. Begin by typing the equation in the input box using the options under the Advanced tab. Once you’re happy with the outcome, click on the Insert equation button at the bottom.
Click on insert equation button
  1. Doing so, the equation is added to the design as a non-editable text box, and here is the final result after adding equations.
Final result with all equations

Alternative to Canva Equations (Beta) App

While the Equations app on Canva is arguably the best solution, you might miss a few options to type complex formulas. If you’re facing such an issue, the best alternative is using LaTeX editors.

Note: The downside of this approach is its complexity, and learning is required to get started. Also, you cannot copy and insert the text from Preview to Canva, and the only way to insert it is as an image.

  1. Open a new tab on your browser and navigate to the LaTeX base editor. While working on the editor, we suggest not to delete any heading tags.
Heading tags in Latex
  1. Now begin by typing in the equation between the \begin{document} and \end{document} tags. For demonstration, we have considered a simple formula, and here is how the code looks for it.
Latex editor code
  1. If you have finished learning and have typed the equation without syntax mistakes, you will find a preview on the right.
Latex editor preview
  1. After you’re happy with the result, use the Snipping tool to capture the equation and save the image.
Use snipping tool to capture the equation
  1. Now insert the equation as an image in Canva by uploading the image from Uploads > Upload files, and you’re done.
Latex editor result

Wrapping Up

Congratulations on learning how to insert equations in Canva!

Inserting equations used to be difficult on Canva, but the inclusion of the Equations app has made it extremely easy. While it can be used to insert most complex equations, if you fail to work on any, using the LaTeX editor is arguably the only choice to deal with such complexity.

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