How to Write Fractions on a Word Document

By Matthew Caines

Microsoft Word will automatically format three fraction amounts for you: 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4. You can insert these fractions, which are compatible with most Word fonts, simply by typing them into the document. You won't be able to type other fractions, however, unless you know how to insert them manually with Microsoft's Equation Editor, which is located in Microsoft Word.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word and locate the "Insert" option on the uppermost toolbar. Click to reveal a drop-down menu and select "Object" to reveal a pop-out menu with a scrollable list of object types.

Step 2

Scroll down the object list until you reach "Microsoft Equation 3.0"--select it and click "OK" to continue. An equation bar will appear on your screen; the bar has a variety of numbers and symbols separated into buttons. There are 10 buttons along the top line of the menu, and nine along the bottom line.

Step 3

Select the fraction and square root button that is located on the second line of the menu, second button in from the left. Clicking on it will reveal a drop-down menu of even more buttons.

Step 4

Select the top-left button from the new drop-down menu to reveal a bordered box inside your Word document page. The box will contain a fraction with blank boxes for you to fill in with numbers.

Step 5

Put the numbers inside the boxes to create your fraction. The numbers can be as long or as short as you want and can be deleted and rewritten in the same way that Word text is.

Step 6

Double-click outside the format box (i.e. onto a blank section of the page) to remove it. Your fraction is now a movable image that can be formatted, resized and edited. Simply repeat the process to insert a new fraction.

Tips & Warnings

  • To turn several fractions into an equation, click next to the fraction, insert a symbol (for example a "+") and press the fraction button again to insert a new set of numbers. Repeat the process until the equation is completed.
  • You can quickly change a fraction by double-clicking on it. The format box and the menu will appear so that you can change the numbers or add extra symbols.