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This document has been prepared to help you create custom fractions with Word. The standard fractions ½, ¼, and ¾ can automatically be created. To create custom fractions such as, you can use the EQ field's fraction option. For additional control, you can use the overstrike option. The following sections will show you how to create a fraction in the format you desire:
If Word on your machine is set up to AutoFormat fractions, you can use the following instructions to create the ½, ¼, and ¾ fractions.
Place the insertion point where the fraction should appear
NOTE: There needs to be at least one space before the insertion point.
Type 1/2, 1/4, or 3/4
Press [Space]
The characters change to ½, ¼, or ¾ respectively.
Windows only:
From the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect Options…
The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.
Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab
Select Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½)
NOTE: An option is active if it has a checkmark before it.
Click OK
To create a custom fraction such as, follow the instructions below.
Place the insertion point where the fraction should appear
NOTE: There needs to be at least one space before the insertion point.
From the Insert menu, select Field...
The Field dialog box appears.
From the Categories list, select Equations and Formulas
From the Field names scroll box, select Eq
Windows: Click FIELD CODES
The dialog box refreshes to show advanced field properties.
Click OPTIONS...
The Field Options dialog box appears.
From the Switches scroll box, select \F(,)
NOTE: This is the fraction option.
Click ADD TO FIELD
In the Field codes text box, the following will appear: EQ \F(,).
Type 2 (the numerator)
The formula should appear as follows: EQ \F(2,).
Type x (the denominator)
The formula should appear as follows: EQ \F(2,x).
To return to the Field dialog box, click OK
To return to your document, click OK
The fraction appears.
If you cannot create the fraction that you want using the fraction option described in the Custom Fractions section, you can use the overstrike option. Once you have created the fraction, you can fine-tune the formatting. With this method, you have more control over the finished results.
NOTE: Fractions created with the overstrike option will appear much smaller than those created with the fraction option.
Place an insertion point where the fraction should appear
NOTE: There needs to be at least one space before the insertion point.
From the Insert menu, select Field…
The Field dialog box appears.
From the Categories list, select Equations and Formulas
From the Field names scroll box, select Eq
Windows: Click FIELD CODES
Click OPTIONS...
The Field Options dialog box appears.
From the Switches scroll box, select \O( )
NOTE: This is the overstrike option.
Click ADD TO FIELD
Type the characters that you want to be in the fraction
WARNING: The numerator, denominator, and dash must be separated by commas.
For example, to create, the Field codes text box would look like: EQ \O(2,-,x).
To return to the Field dialog box, click OK
To return to your document, click OK
NOTE: The fraction will not appear correctly until you complete the Fine-Tuning the Formatting section.
Windows:
Click within the field of the fraction
Press [Shift]+[F9]
The code that created the result will be displayed.
Highlight the numerator
NOTE: The numerator is the number on the top of the equation, for example in 2/x, 2 is the numerator.
From the Format menu, select Font...
The Font dialog box appears.
Adjust the font so it is smaller and superscript
Click OK
Highlight the denominator
NOTE: The denominator is the number on the bottom of the equation, for example in 2/x, x is the denominator.
From the Format menu, select Font...
The Font dialog box appears.
Adjust the font so it is smaller and subscript
Click OK
View the updated result by pressing [Shift]+[F9]
NOTES:
Repeat steps 3-10 until you get the desired results.
Some of the other formatting options you may want to try are located in the Character Spacing tab of the Font dialog box.
Macintosh:
Click within the field of the fraction
Press [option]+[F9]
The code that created the result will be displayed.
Highlight the numerator
NOTE: The numerator is the number on the top of the equation, for example in 2/x, 2 is the numerator.
From the Formatting Palette, select Font
NOTE: The Font section is displayed when the arrow next to Font points down.
From the Size pull-down list, select a smaller font
Click SUPERSCRIPT
Highlight the denominator
NOTE: The denominator is the number on the bottom of the equation, for example in 2/x, x is the denominator.
In the Formatting Palette, from the Size pull-down list, select a larger font
Click SUBSCRIPT
To view the updated results, press [option] + [F9]
NOTE: Repeat steps 3-10 until you get the desired results.
If you have several fractions that are essentially the same, you can create the fraction without repeating the process described above. To do this:
Create a fraction that is formatted correctly
NOTE: For help with formatting, refer to Custom Fractions or Specialized Fractions.
Select the code or results
NOTES:
Windows: If you do not see the code, press [Shift]+[F9].
Macintosh: If you do not see the code, press [option] + [F9].
To copy the code, from the Edit menu, select Copy
Place your insertion point where you want the next fraction to appear
To paste the fraction, from the Edit menu, select Paste
Select the code or results
NOTES:
Windows: If you do not see the code, press [Shift]+[F9].
Macintosh: If you do not see the code, press [option] + [F9].
To make adjustments to the content, highlight the numerator or the denominator
Type the appropriate values
Windows: To view results of the field, press [Shift]+[F9]
Macintosh: To view results of the field, press [option] + [F9]