Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016     Views: 1103823

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.


  • 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.


Comments (37)

  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.
  16. I am working with Word for Mac in office 365. I am typing mathematical expressions. I need a full-sized stacked fraction, such as (4x^3-3x+7)/(x^8). But word converts it to a tiny fraction. That's no good for a quiz or test.
    by Kari on Jan 17, 2018.
  17. to Kari's point, it seems that you can include a "stacked fraction" in word by doing the following:

    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 pre-defined field (like for putting name/address/phone numbers) that you can double click on and adjust again as needed.
    by Michael Jundi on Jan 31, 2018.
  18. It actually works!!! First, press the equation button to score down. Choose any random equation. Then on the top right, it shows FRACTION. Press on that and there u go!
    by Moana's younger sister baby sister on May 07, 2018.
    by MIGUEL MICHAELS on May 17, 2018.
  20. Just open equation editor . Here is shortcut press (+=) simaltanously and type (a/b) and then space to get fraction with numerator as a and denominator as b. Please give it a try. Its is really simple. For more such word shortcut please see
    by Chandraprakash Gupta on Sep 11, 2018.
  21. Still Cant write the Fraction 3/16 or 7/32 or 15/64 in small type as a fraction should be..
    by CG on Dec 08, 2018.
  22. @CG - stop in the Walsh U Library and we'll figure it out together.
    by Katie Hutchison on Dec 10, 2018.
  23. For inserting equation in word document I click on 'Insert' on tool bar to activate equation symbol but equation symbol is not activated. Blurred design appears. So I am unable to insert equation e.g. 312 upon 123.
    by Prashant Khajanchi on May 23, 2019.
  24. I believe you need to contact Microsoft for help on this, as it might have to do with whether you are using Word Online or Office 365, etc. Here's a web address:
    by Reference Librarians on May 28, 2019.
  25. This might help some. I could not find Number Forms in the Subset until I realized it is not in all Fonts. (normal text), at the very top of the Font list and Calibri have it, if your font does not and some only have a few fractions. These fonts also have ⅟ so you can make your own. It also has small numbers so you can make any numerator or denominator you want. Unfortunately, Subset are not alphabetical so if you are looking for Number Forms just type an N in the Subset box and if that font has Number Forms it should come up. If your font does not have Number Forms and you don't want to use one that does, insert a fraction with a font that has what you want then go through the normal way of changing a font; highlight it, go to the Home tab and pick the font you want. Another close approximation easier and faster is to type the fraction you want, highlight it and select the superscript button in the Font part of the ribbon.
    by Steve Golden on Jun 10, 2019.
  26. in work 2010 home and student the steps are

    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
    by tulick on Jun 21, 2019.
  27. superb working with MS word 2010
    by subhram kumawat Rajasthan , jaipur on Dec 18, 2019.
  28. I am writing a price list on an Excel sheet. Some of the sizes are half-sizes. I need to insert the half symbol as part of the text in a cell. None of the answers above seem to work.
    I repeat, I am not trying to resolve a fraction. I need to insert the half symbol as text.
    by rikkitornado on Jan 14, 2020.
  29. @rikkitornado - stop by the Walsh U Library. We're always happy to help our students, faculty, and staff out. We might need to play around with your doc to figure out exactly what we need to do.
    by Katie Hutchison on Jan 14, 2020.
  30. It is not possible to use subscript or superscript options while using insert + equation+fraction+ new equation option in windows10. Can anyone give a solution for this problem?
    by Farruq Ameen on Apr 25, 2020.
  31. In Office Online (365) You can't enter in new equations. You must have a downloaded (local) copy of Word. Walsh does provide the ability to download a local copy. Please look over this response to this question from MS Office's own FAQ.
    by Mike Jundi-Instruction Services Librarian on Apr 28, 2020.
  32. What about word 2016? Does this work on mac?
    by Radchu24 on Nov 29, 2020.
  33. @Radchu24 - for Mac, follow these directions from Apple:
    by Katie Hutchison on Nov 30, 2020.
  34. Thank you! Now my 1/3 and 1/8 look like the other fractions!
    by Mary on Feb 18, 2021.
  35. For those who are still struggling to do this in Word 2010-I have a work around-its not the best but it does work. The type your fraction normally, in the font you are using then superscript the numerator and subscript the denominator, once you have done that you can go to the font setting (highlight what you want change then right click on the font option) and then change the font spacing to condensed and type 1.5 in the box on the right, its not perfect way to do it but it does work. I suggest saving fractions you use on a regular basis so that you can copy past them.
    by Purple Peonies on Feb 23, 2021.
  36. This question was created years ago! Now I'm sure that Microsoft things are more up to date and improved. The comments are of course helpful and nice but remember, commenters if you answer a question I doubt the person from 4+ years ago is gonna come back and look at your in-depth comment. Just putting it out there.
    by Calleigh Anderson on Mar 16, 2021.
  37. @Calleigh - Actually we do!
    by Walsh University Library on Mar 16, 2021.

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