How to Make a Fraction in Word

If you are a Microsoft Word user then sometimes you require to turn numbers into fractions in the document. Especially when using fractions in word problems. Creating fraction format in Word is simple and easy.

There are many ways to write division in fraction form in Word documents. The way to insert a fraction in Word is slightly different from writing fractions in Google Docs. Google Docs is also another Word Processor compared to Microsoft Word.

You can put a diagonal line or a horizontal bar between the numbers (numerator/denominator) which is fraction symbol in Word. Below are some different ways to how to type fractions in Word.

How to write fractions in Word

Open Microsoft Word on your desktop computer.

In the “Menu” bar click to the “Insert” tab then navigate and click to the “Equation” option

How To Write Fractions in Word

When you click the Equation option a new “Equation Tools” tab is visible on the Menu bar. From there click on the “Fraction” option, you will see lots of different types of fraction bar in Word (Stacked Fraction, Skewed Fraction, Linear Fraction).

fraction symbol in Word

Select any fraction format from the list, then in the document editor, type your required numerator and denominator. With the equation tool, you can write the mixed fraction, improper fraction in Microsoft Word.

fraction symbol in Word

Alternatively, you can also use Alt + = shortcut keys from the keyboard to open the equation box or fraction editor(Type equation here)

How to insert fraction in Word

You can adjust the automatic change into fraction in Word by adjusting the autocorrect option settings.

First, we see how to set auto format fractions in Microsoft Word

Go to ”File” and click on “Options” to open the Word Options dialog box. Navigate to the “Proofing” tab and select the “AutoCorrect Options”. See below screenshot

How to Auto format fractions in Word

Under AutoCorrect box click on the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab and check the box “Fraction(1/2) with fraction character(½)” and click OK to save the settings.

How to Auto format fractions in Word

Now when you type the numbers with the diagonal fraction bar with help of the keyboard, it will change automatically.

Some fractions like (1/2, 1/4, and 3/4) automatically switch to a (½, ¼, ¾) fraction symbol in Word but not all of them. For that, we will use the Symbol option, that our next method-

How to insert fractions in Word with help of Symbols

You can insert other preformatted fraction in Word with help of symbols. Follow the below steps-

In the “Menu” bar click on “Insert” tab then navigate to “Symbol” option and click “More Symbols”

fraction symbol in Word

You will have a Symbol box that contains lots of different symbols and Special Characters. Under the “Subset” select “Number Forms” to get other preformatted fractions lists like ⅘, ⅙, ⅚, ⅝.

fraction symbol in Word

How to type fractions in Word

If you want to type fractions of different types without interrupting your continuous typing then use Ink Equation in Microsoft Word.

Open Microsoft Word and place the cursor where you want to insert fractions.

In the “Menu” bar click on the “Insert” option then click the “Equation” drop-down arrow, go to “lnk Equation” editor.

Now make a rough drawing on the “Math Input Control” box. See the below screenshot.

how to type fractions in word
Typing fractions in word

Now click the Insert button to type the fraction in Word document. With this method, you can easily put the fraction that you find difficult in inserting.

These are the best different ways to write a fraction in Microsoft Word documents, but if still not finding the right fraction format in Word then simply copy and paste the fraction in your document from the Internet.

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