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Answered By: Katie Hutchison Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 Views: 676759
Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 Views: 676759
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.).
 To switch to a fraction character, click Insert > Symbols > More Symbols.
 In the Subset dropdown list, click Number Forms and select a fraction.
 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:
 Place the cursor on the document where you would like to insert a fraction.

Select "Insert" from the menu.
 Click on Equation in the upper right.
 Select fraction under the Equation Tools option
 Choose which style fraction you want.
 Insert the numbers into the fraction boxes.
Microsoft Office 2007:
 Go to the "View" menu tab in MS Word and select "Toolbars" then "Customize Quick Access Toolbar".
 Under "Choose Commands from" select "All Commands" from the dropdown menu. Select "Equation Editor".
 Drag it and drop it on any place on a toolbar.
 Select your desired fraction type from the resulting dropdown menu. An equation box will appear where your cursor is.
 Type in your desired denominator and numerator in the equation box. Click outside of the box when finished.
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.
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
i need it and you solve my problem
thanx once again
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!
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.
You can use Insert >Equation, and select Fraction or create a new Equation to insert any kind of fraction into a document. Using the Design tool, you should be able to create an equation that meets your needs. This should then create a 'equation object', similar to a predefined field (like for putting name/address/phone numbers) that you can double click on and adjust again as needed.
go to insert
go to equation drop down menu
skip the built in equations and go down to the 'fine print' that says insert new equations THIS IS WHERE YOU FIND THE FACTIONS CHOICE
chose the type of faction display you want it will appear in the text where you place the cursor (ALSO LEFT OFF THE INSTRUCTIONS i kept clicking the box expecting to be able to input numbers from the chosen display)
ADDED HELPFUL HINT: when putting numbers in the boxes use the arrow keys up down for traditional fractions and left right for factions displaying 1/8
If you are going to help people you have to include ALL steps even those that seem obvious because we own computers not have degrees in IT and it might be the first time someone is using something 'simple' like fractions