How to Make Fractions on a Keyboard

By John Smith

Writing out math equations on your computer can challenging if you do not know the special keyboard commands needed. Microsoft Word will automatically create a fraction when you type a few of the more common examples, such as 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4. While it will not do this for other fractions, you can use the Equation Field function in Microsoft Word to turn anything into a fraction. If you are using one of the simpler text-based programs such as Notepad, the program will only show fractions using the standard forward slash symbol.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word and click on the section of the document where you want to create a fraction.

Step 2

Click "Ctrl" plus "F9" to insert a set of brackets. The brackets will be marked by a gray box.

Step 3

Type "EQ \F(a,b)" into the space between the brackets, not including the parentheses. For instance, if you want to show the fraction 3/7 you would type "EQ \F(3,7)" between the brackets.

Step 4

Delete any blank spaces between the brackets and the "EQ \F(a,b)" function. If you have any blank spaces, you will receive an error message when trying to turn the equation into a fraction.

Step 5

Press "Shift" plus "F9" to create the fraction.