Answered By: Alyssa Mitchell
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016     Views: 38783

Fractions - (Applies To: Excel 2016 , Word 2016 , PowerPoint 2016 , OneNote 2016 , Publisher 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. 

  1. In the Subset drop-down list, click Number Forms and select a fraction. 

  1. Click Insert > Close. 

  1. 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.

  • Powerpoint 2013 

    To stack the numerator directly above the denominator, use PowerPoint's Equation mode, found in the Insert options. PowerPoint can also display fractions in a linear format, with the numbers side-by-side instead of one above the other. The skewed format presents fractions at a 45-degree angle, halfway between the stacked and linear formats. Here is a link to the details of this operation. 


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