Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016     Views: 265082

Microsoft Office Word 2016

Some fractions (1/4, 1/2, and 3/4) automatically switch to a fraction character when you type them (¼, ½, ¾). But others do not (1/3, 2/3, 1/5, etc.).

  1. To switch to a fraction character, click Insert > Symbols > More Symbols.
  2. In the Subset drop-down list, click Number Forms and select a fraction.
  3. Click Insert > Close.

TIPS: 

  • To find additional mathematical symbols, click AutoCorrect at the bottom of the Symbol dialog box. Click the Math AutoCorrect tab to see a list of keyboard shortcuts you can type into your document to insert math symbols. Be sure to select the Replace text as you type check box. Depending on where you are in the document, you may need to select the Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of math regions option.

Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013:

  1. Place the cursor on the document where you would like to insert a fraction.
  2. Select "Insert" from the menu.
  3. Click on Equation in the upper right.
  4. Select fraction under the Equation Tools option
  5. Choose which style fraction you want.
  6. Insert the numbers into the fraction boxes.

Microsoft Office 2007:

  1. Go to the "View" menu tab in MS Word and select "Toolbars" then "Customize Quick Access Toolbar".
  2. Under "Choose Commands from" select "All Commands" from the dropdown menu.  Select "Equation Editor".
  3. Drag it and drop it on any place on a toolbar.
  4. Select your desired fraction type from the resulting drop-down menu. An equation box will appear where your cursor is.
  5. Type in your desired denominator and numerator in the equation box. Click outside of the box when finished.

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Comments (15)

  1. Instructions for Microsoft Office 2010 also work for Microsoft Office 2013.
    by PeaceMaker on Aug 18, 2013.
  2. I own Word 2010.

    I clicked Insert, and then Equation.

    At that point you say to select Fraction from the Structures section.

    At this point in the process, there is no Structures section in my Word 2010.

    Dead end.
    by Chris Haller on Nov 10, 2014.
  3. Chris, we apologize that this did not work out for you. Walsh University no longer has Word 2010 so I cannot go back and fact check it, but these are definitely the directions for 2013, which is what we have now.
    by Katie Hutchison on Nov 10, 2014.
  4. In Word 2010 if you type the figure 1 then a forward slash / followed by a figure 2 (no spaces), Word will convert that to the fraction "half", same with 3 / 4 and 1 / 4. For others, ie. one third, go to insert, symbol, more symbols and you will find the less common ones. Hope it helps!
    by Christine Smith on Nov 28, 2014.
  5. Click equation. click more options. click on fractions.
    by Tee on Nov 30, 2014.
  6. Chris, its ages since you posted but just in case you still need to know - click on insert and then go to where it says 'Equations' but don't click on the down arrow, click on the 'pie' symbol and then you will find all the options appearing.
    by Maureen Pue on May 20, 2015.
  7. thank you please for helping me!
    by senyange julius on Nov 08, 2015.
  8. Fractions like one third does not have the look like half in MS word 2010. How do we get all fractions to all look symmetrical.
    by jim Wall on Dec 22, 2015.
  9. Jim,

    Rather than simply typing in a fraction like 1/2 or 1/3, follow the directions described above and you can have any fraction in the style you choose.

    - The Walsh University Librarians
    by Katie Hutchison on Jan 04, 2016.
  10. This does not address Word for Mac 2016, the current version. None of these options work for this version.
    by Peter Geidel on May 22, 2016.
  11. thank you very much
    i need it and you solve my problem
    thanx once again
    by ROUPESH on Oct 04, 2016.
  12. thank you for the valuable help
    by j das on Jan 24, 2017.
  13. This is terrific! Thank you Katie.
    by cathytas on Jan 31, 2017.
  14. Hi there,

    I tried this because only 1/2 and 1/4 will convert to match the font size, but when I type in 1/8 is doesn't convert and therefore looks out of place because it's not consistent with the other fractions.

    I used your method to resolve this, but it didn't work. I'm using Word 2013. The fraction boxes show up just fine, but after typing in my numbers, nothing changes. It looks exactly the same as if I entered the 1 / 8 characters directly, without using the equations tool. What's the purpose of the tool if not to match the formatting of the other fractions? So frustrating!
    by Erin on Feb 15, 2017.
  15. To those who have had some issues - we apologize! We have Word 2016 at Walsh University and unfortunately cannot go back and physically try the old systems.

    If you are a Walsh student, please come to the reference desk - we would be happy to walk you through what to do, regardless of what year your Word is from.
    by Katie Hutchison on Feb 26, 2017.

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