How To Type Fractions In Microsoft Word 2007

By Lily Medina

Whether you're discussing complex mathematical topics or just referencing an amount casually, Microsoft Word makes it easy to type a fraction. The word processing program offers both an automatic fraction-formatting option, through its AutoFormat feature, and a few already created fractions, as special characters in the Symbol menu. Most fonts, such as Times New Roman and Arial, will show the formatted fraction with a forward slash dividing the numerator and denominator. Some fonts, such as Batang and Gulim, will display a horizontal line instead. A few fonts, such as Kredit and Marlett, won't display the formatted fraction at all.

Automatic Function

Step 1

Type the numerator -- the top number in the fraction.

Step 2

Type a forward slash, /.

Step 3

Type the denominator -- the bottom number in the fraction.

Step 4

Type a space. Microsoft Word will automatically reformat the two numbers and the slash into a fraction.

Insert a Fraction

Step 1

Click the "Insert" tab.

Step 2

Click the "Symbol" icon; at the bottom of the drop-down menu, click "More Symbols."

Step 3

Select "(normal text)" for the "Font" field on the Symbols menu. Select "Number Forms" for the "Subset" group. This will take you directly to the section in the Symbols menu that contains fractions.

Step 4

Select the fraction you want to insert. The symbols menu only includes a limited number of simple fractions, such as 2/3 and 3/5.

Step 5

Click "Insert" at the bottom of the dialog box, then click "Close."