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This document will help you create custom fractions with Word. The standard fractions ½, ¼, and ¾ can be created automatically with the option to format a three-character fraction to a one-character fraction as you type (e.g., 3/4 to ¾).
NOTE: If you require nonstandard or complex fractions, refer to Creating Custom Mathematical Expressions.
You may choose to have Word automatically format a three-character fraction to a one-character fraction by following the directions below:
Windows:
From the OFFICE BUTTON, click WORD OPTIONS
The Word Options dialog box appears.
From the Categories list, select Proofing
Click AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS...
The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.
Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab
Select Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½)
NOTE: The option is selected if a checkmark appears.
Click OK
Click OK
Macintosh:
From the Tools menu, click AUTOCORRECT...
The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.
Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab
Select Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½)
NOTE: The option is selected if a checkmark appears.
Click OK
If Word is set to AutoFormat fractions, you can use the following instructions to create the ½, ¼, and ¾ fraction characters.
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, and ¾, respectively.