How to Put Words or Numbers Into Fraction Form in Microsoft Word

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By default, Microsoft Word only puts three fractions into fraction form automatically. These fractions include ½, ¼ and ¾. No words are put into fraction form by default. With a few keyboard shortcuts, however, you can create word or number fractions. Instead of a slanted line, fractions are displayed with a clear numerator and denominator with a horizontal line between the two. Unlike using the Equation Editor, no additional installation is required to use this fraction method in Microsoft Word.

  • Place your cursor where you want the fraction in your Microsoft Word document.

  • Press "Ctrl" + "F9." This displays a gray box with field braces { }.

  • Type the following within the two braces without quotes: "EQ \F(numerator,denominator)." Replace numerator and denominator with your desired words or numbers.

    For instance, if you want a word fraction with sad and happy, you would type "EQ \F(sad,happy).

  • Place your cursor inside the brackets.

  • Press "Shift" + "F9" to turn the gray box into your desired fraction.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have the Equation Editor installed, go to "Insert," select "Object" and select "Microsoft Equation." Follow the prompts to create and insert your fraction.
  • If you receive "ERROR!" instead of your expected fraction, delete the erroneous fraction and start again. Before pressing "Shift" + "F9," use your arrow keys to move outside the fraction box completely. Arrow back until your cursor is sitting within the brackets and then press "Shift" + "F9." This happens occasionally and is a Microsoft Office glitch.
  • The Equation Editor is not installed using the "Typical Installation" method in Microsoft Word. This means you will first have to install the feature before using it.

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