# How to Insert a Division Symbol in Microsoft Word

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

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

#### Step 2

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

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.