**3 Ways to Type Fractions in MS Word**

**Using the AutoFormat As You Type feature****Using predefined fractions****Using the Equation tool**

By default, MS Word is configured to use the first method. This feature detects and automatically formats fractions as you type them.

**Method 1: Using the AutoFormat As You Type Feature**

**Step 1: Open Word Document**

**Step 2: Access the Word Options dialog box.**

On the ribbon, click the **File **tab to display the **Start screen**.

From there, click the **Options **button on the bottom left corner to display the **Word Options dialog box**.

**Step 3: Display the AutoCorrect dialog box from the Proofing section.**

Click the **Proofing **section and find the **AutoCorrect Options **button.

Click it to display the **AutoCorrect dialog box**.

This dialog box contains features that can automatically format texts as you type them in your document.

**Step 4: Enable fraction characters on the AutoFormat As You Type tab.**

Click the **AutoFormat As You Type** tab on the AutoCorrect dialog box.

On this tab, you’ll need to focus on the **Replace as you type** section.

Check the **Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½) **checkbox.

Leave other checkboxes as is and click the **OK **button of the AutoCorrect dialog to apply your setting.

**Step 5: Type fractions in your document.**

Now that you have enabled the fraction character feature, you can already type fractions in your document. Recall that there are two parts of a fraction—**numerator** and **denominator**.

Type the numerator immediately, followed by the division symbol “**/**” and the denominator.

Remember not to include spaces between your input characters, for it will not be considered a fraction by the AutoCorrect feature.

After typing your fraction, press the **spacebar key **on your keyboard and notice that your data will be formatted into a fraction character.

**Method 2: Using Predefined Fractions**

Another method that you can use to include fractions is by using predefined fractions that are accessible on the **Symbol dialog box**. .

**Step 1: Open the MS Word program.**

**Step 2: Access the Symbols dialog box.**

With a document already open, click the **Insert **tab on the ribbon and look for the **Symbols **group.

From here, you need to click the **Symbol **drop-down button to view the list of symbols under it.

By default, the drop-down list will display the recently-used ones. To access all available symbols, click the **More Symbols **button under the list.

**Step 3: View available fractions under the Number Forms subset.**

Now that you have displayed the **Symbol dialog box**, you need to filter the list of symbols.

Click the **Subset **drop-down button and choose **Number Forms **from the list.

MS Word automatically filters the list of symbols based on your condition.

**Step 4: Choose the appropriate fraction.**

To insert a fraction, click the desired fraction from the dialog box and subsequently, click the **Insert **button.

Notice that the selected fraction will be inserted automatically to the location of your mouse cursor.

The **Symbol dialog box **will not close yet to let you insert additional fractions or symbols.

Once you are done, just click the **Close **button to close the dialog box.

**Method 3: Using the Equation Tool**

You can also insert fractions to your document using the **Equation **tool under the **Insert **tab. Among the tools discussed, this is perhaps the most flexible for it allows you to freely customize the parts of your fraction. It also offers a list of fraction styles you can choose from.

The following are the simple steps on how to utilize it.

**Step 1: Create a new or open an existing document.**

**Step 2: Display the Equation Tools.**

This is called the **Design** tab under** Equation Tools**.

Click the **Insert **tab on the ribbon.

Go to the **Equation **drop-down button from the **Symbols **group.

Located below the drop-down list is the** Insert New Equation** button.

Click this button and notice that an **equation input box** appears on your mouse cursor while the **Design **tab is added on the ribbon.

**Step 3: Insert a fraction format.**

Click the **Fraction **drop-down button from the **Structures **group under the **Design **tab.

A list will be displayed under the drop-down button, showing you available styles to choose from.

Click your desired style and it will be inserted to the input box.

**Step 4: Customize the fraction.**

Now that you have inserted a fraction format, you need to set its **numerator **and **denominator**.

Edit the fraction’s numerator by clicking it and typing your required number. Perform the same step on the **denominator**.

Once done, click anywhere outside the input box to preview your fraction.

If in case you mistyped the digits of your fraction, you can just modify it by redoing this step.

**Conclusion**

And that’s how you type fractions in MS Word. We hope you found this article helpful!

This article is great for finding and using special characters. I wonder, though, how can one create special characters such as commonly used fractions in recipes so they all look like the fractions provided in the Special Characters section of Word 10 (soon to be 11?).