How to Insert a Division Symbol in Microsoft Word

By Aaron Parson

Equations written in Word aren't limited to using slashes for division. Insert a division symbol or insert an entire equation.

When writing mathematical equations in Word 2013, you aren't limited to typing on a single horizontal line, nor to using the slash to represent division. Use the Symbol menu to insert a division sign, or create an equation to work with more complex division equations.

Insert a Symbol

Open the Insert tab, click Symbol and pick the ÷ division symbol to insert it in your document. Repeat the same step for each symbol you need, or paste the first division symbol.

Tip

  • The Symbol menu rearranges itself to feature your most-used symbols, so the division symbol might not show up if you've used many other symbols. Click More Symbols to see the full list.
  • To type a division symbol using the keyboard, press Alt-0247 on the numeric keypad with Num Lock turned on.

Insert a Division Equation

Step 1

Insert equation.

Click the Equation icon on the Insert tab to start a new equation.

Step 2

Equations format automatically.

Type your equation using the / key for division. After you type a division equation, Word automatically reformats it vertically, in the format of a fraction.

Tip

To use the equation creator without automatically formatting / as a fraction, open the drop-down menu next to your equation and choose Linear.

Step 3

Division symbol in an equation.

Click the ÷ division symbol on the Design tab to insert the symbol in an equation. Division equations written using the symbol rather than a slash do not reformat as fractions.