It can always be helpful to know how to type fractions on your computer. Teachers and students can use it for homework or research, but also for chemistry or geometry formulas. Chefs can use it to write professional recipes. Fractions are also found in financial reports and statistics. Some could be converted to decimals for easier typing. However, some must remain in the numerator / denominator form to keep their meaning. You can type fraction symbols using the auto-formatting feature of some programs or by pressing specially designed keys to write the fractions you need.
Method 1 of 3: Type fractions on a PC
Step 1. Use the division symbol
You can do this by typing the numerator (the number at the top), the slash (/), and the denominator (the number at the bottom). Here is an example: 5/32.
If you want to type an integer with a fraction, just type it followed by a space before following it with the fraction as shown above. For example: 1 1/2
Step 2. Use Word's automatic formatting
This is a function that allows you to write a fraction using a slash (like the step above) before converting it to a fraction symbol with the numerator and denominator separated by a horizontal bar.
- This feature is usually enabled by default. However, you can check it to make sure it will work by going to the Word options. In the window that appears, click Correction, then on Auto-correction options. From there you can turn it on and off or you can also edit the way some formatting is done.
- Be aware that this function may not work for all fractions.
Step 3. Use keyboard shortcuts
There are some very popular fractions which have their own keyboard shortcuts and which you can type by pressing alt = "Image" and the appropriate code.
- 1/2 = Alt + 0189
- 1/4 = Alt + 0188
- 3/4 = Alt + 0190
Step 4. Use Word's equation field
You can also create an equation using the equation field available in Word.
- Place the cursor where you want to insert the fraction.
- Press Ctrl + F9 at the same time to insert a pair of brackets.
- Put the cursor inside and type EQ F (n, d). The "n" indicates the numerator and the "d" indicates the denominator.
- You must use capital letters and follow “EQ” with a space.
- Press ⇧ Shift + F9 at the same time to create the fraction.
Step 5. Use superscript and subscribe formatting
In Word, you can also format the font to make text appear at the top or bottom of the line. You can then manipulate the font to make it look like a fraction.
- Type the numerator and select it.
- Choose Format in the menu, then click Police and Exhibitor.
- Press Ctrl and space bar to remove formatting in the next step.
- Type a forward slash (/).
- Type the denominator and select it. Choose Formatting, then Police and Subscribed.
- Press Ctrl + Space to remove formatting and continue typing.
Method 2 of 3: Type fractions on Mac
Step 1. Go to System Preferences
There you will find all the settings for your computer.
- Select Languages and regions.
- Click on Keyboard Preferences.
- Select the tab that is called Input sources.
- Make sure the box next to Show input menu in menu bar is checked.
- Exit System Preferences.
- Now that you've done that, your country's flag should appear in the menu bar in the top right corner of the screen.
Step 2. Click on the input menu in the bar
This allows you to have access to special symbols on your Mac.
- Click on Show emojis and symbols.
- In the search box, type the fraction you are looking for, for example 1/2 = half, 1/8 = eighth, 1/4 = quarter. In the search results, you should see the fraction you want to insert into the document.
- Double click on the fraction you just found and it should be inserted into the document you are working on.
Step 3. Save it to favorites
This will allow you to have easy and quick access to the fractions you use often without having to search for them.
Step 4. Turn on automatic correction in Pages
In most standard applications on Mac (e.g. Mail, Safari, TextEdit, etc.) this feature is already enabled, but if you are using Pages you need to enable it manually.
- Once on Pages, click Preferences.
- Select Autocorrect.
- A window should open with various options. You must check the box next to Symbols and text substitutions.
- Then check off the symbols and substitutions that interest you. In this case, check the box Fractions.
Step 5. Type the fraction in the document
Now you are ready to go. Start by typing the numerator (the number at the top), a slash (/), and the denominator (the number at the bottom). Pages should automatically transform it so that it looks like a fraction.
Method 3 of 3: Use the copy and paste method
Step 1. Copy and paste the fraction
If you have trouble using any of the above methods, you can always copy and paste the fraction from another document or web page.
Step 2. Find the fraction
If the one you want appears elsewhere in the same document or in another document, you can quickly copy and paste it.
- Select the fraction you want to use.
- Right click on the selected text and click To copy.
- Click on your document and place the cursor where you want the text to appear. Right click and select To stick on.
- If the text does not fit the format of the document you are working on, select the new fraction and change the font or size of characters in the text.
Step 3. Search the Internet
If you don't have the fraction handy in another document, you can find it on a web page by looking for the fraction followed by the word "fraction". For example, if you want to write 1/10, look for 1/10 fraction.
- Cycle through the results until you find the fraction you want. Then, as described above, you can copy and paste it into your document.
- If you need to change the formatting, select it and change the font or character size. You may need to make it bold (or remove the bold) if necessary.
- In Word, you might also consider turning off the AutoCorrect feature for math formulas that change fractions to symbols. This allows you to choose the formatting of the fractions you type. You can do this by going through Options, then Correction before clicking on Auto correction option and on Automatic correction of mathematical formulas. Then change the options as you want.