So: how to insert a numbered equation in Word 2007 and reference it in the text. For the first part, I follow this blog post.

- Insert a 3 column, 1 row table.
- Format the table to fill 100% of the page width, with the column widths in percent as 15:70:15.
- Centre the text in the middle column and remove all table borders. Make the spacing below the table the same as other paragraphs.
- Insert your equation in the middle column. (I use insert>object>M$ equation 3.0 since the new equation package won't work on my machine).
- Insert a number in the right-hand column by insert>multilevel list. You can define your own so that the numbers are formatted like (x).

Here is the nice part (ha ha). Since my "equation gallery" is broken too, I can't save these shenanigans for easy re-use. To insert a new equation later, I simply copy the whole table and paste it elsewhere and change the equation! The numbers automatically sort themselves out (hallelujah).

To reference the numbered equation in the text:

- Highlight the equation number and insert>bookmark. Give it a nice name.
- Put the cursor at the place where you want your reference inserted and insert>cross-reference. Insert a reference of type "bookmark", select the name of your equation and insert the reference to the paragraph number (full context).

There. That was a complete pain, wasn't it? And it took about 40 mouse-clicks! Doesn't your equation look horridly rendered too? Oh, I love LaTeX and I want it back.

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Why can't you have LaTeX?

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