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On Tue, 29 Jan 2013, Taang Zomi wrote:

On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM, Robert Funnell <>wrote:

It's possible to do what you're trying to do without the F3 key. Go to the
Edit menu and select AutoText. You should see a list of categories. Expand
the one called Standard. If you scroll down the resulting list, you should
see the entry 'Formula Numbering'. Select it and then click on the Insert
button. Your equation should appear.

Does this work for you?

On Sun, 27 Jan 2013, Taang Zomi wrote:

 In LibreOffiice 3.3  Math Guide (0700MG33-MathGuide3.3.odt), on p. 14, the
following is written:

*Numbering equations*

Equation numbering is one of LibreOffice Math?s best hidden features. The
steps are simple, but obscure:


  Start a new line.

  Type *fn* and then press *F3*.

The *fn* is replaced by a numbered formula:



When I typed fn and pressed F3, nothing happened. In the document the fn I
typed appeared, not the desired result.

I do not know whether my F3 key did not work.

Can somebody kindly explain in step-by-step detail  how to number


Dear Robert,

Thank you very much for your reply. Now I know how to bypass the typing of
fn and the pressing of F3.

I typed fn in the Equation Editor and I found just fn in the document.
Beside the fn in the document, I pressed F3, and I got an onscreen message:

AutoText for Shortcut " not found.

If you see that message, then F3 is working. You're not supposed to type fn in the equation editor. Just type it in the document itself as regular text and then (with the cursor immediately to the right of 'fn') press F3. As mentioned in another response, make sure that you're doing this in a Writer document.

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