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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!

5 Ways to Make Fractions FUN – Create-abilities

Microsoft offer 2 ways to insert a fraction:

  1. Turn on Auto formatting for common fractions
  2. Use the equation tool to insert a custom fraction

1. Turning on Auto Formatting for Fractions

  1. Click Format
  2. Click Equations
  3. Under Equations select Automatically convert expressions
  4. Go to File > Options > Proofing (or Word > Preferences in Word for Mac).
  5. Click AutoCorrect Options and select the AutoFormat As You Type tab (or Authoring and Proofing > AutoCorrect in Word for Mac).
  6. Check or uncheck the box for fractions under Replace as you type…
  7. Click OK to save your autocorrect settings.

2. Use the Equation Tool to insert a Custom Fraction

  1. Click Insert
  2. Click Equation
  1. Click Insert New Equation
  2. Select Fraction
  1. Click Skewed Fraction
  1. Add the numerator and denominator into the fraction box
  1. Press Enter

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