How to Insert Fractions in Word 2007

By Greg Lindberg

Showing fractions, such as statistical data or mathematical equations, can be a helpful skill to use with the Microsoft Office Word 2007 application. When you try to type a fraction into your document it may not appear properly formatted or look as a fraction should. You can correct this problem by making sure that the auto-formatting feature used in the Proofing settings of the Word 2007 application recognizes fractions.

Step 1

Open the Microsoft Word 2007 program on your computer and then click on the "Microsoft Office" button.

Step 2

Click on the "Word Options" button at the bottom of the program and then the Word Options dialog box will appear on the screen.

Step 3

Click on the "Proofing" option from the Categories list. Click on the "AutoCorrect Options" button and then the AutoCorrect dialog box will appear.

Step 4

Click on the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab. Click on the box next to the "Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½)" field so that it's selected.

Step 5

Click on the "OK" button two times to close out of the dialog boxes. Click in your document where you want to insert a fraction.

Step 6

Type the fraction, such as "1/2" and it will be automatically formatted to "½".