How to Create Fractions in Microsoft Word
Fractions are most commonly used in Word when referring to mathematical solutions, in recipes and on financial reports.
You can simply type 1/2 and be content with the larger numbers, however for some industries and reports a more polished and professional fraction should be used, for example ½.
If you are working on a 2019 or later version on Microsoft Word, the software may automatically turn your larger numbers into a fraction for you via autocorrect.
If you’re not so lucky, there are solutions for you!
Microsoft offer 2 ways to insert a fraction:
- Turn on Auto formatting for common fractions
- Use the equation tool to insert a custom fraction
1. Turning on Auto Formatting for Fractions
- Click Format
- Click Equations
- Under Equations select Automatically convert expressions
- Go to File > Options > Proofing (or Word > Preferences in Word for Mac).
- Click AutoCorrect Options and select the AutoFormat As You Type tab (or Authoring and Proofing > AutoCorrect in Word for Mac).
- Check or uncheck the box for fractions under Replace as you type…
- Click OK to save your autocorrect settings.
2. Use the Equation Tool to insert a Custom Fraction
- Click Insert
- Click Equation
- Click Insert New Equation
- Select Fraction
- Click Skewed Fraction
- Add the numerator and denominator into the fraction box
- Press Enter
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