3 Ways to Enter Fractions

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3 Ways to Enter Fractions
3 Ways to Enter Fractions

Learning to insert fractions into a document is an interesting technique for many people, such as teachers and students (who need to do homework and school research in subjects such as chemistry and geometry), chefs (when they want to write recipes) and professionals in the fields of economics and statistics. Although some fractions can be simplified in the form of decimal numbers, others can only be represented in the traditional way, with numerator and denominator. Finally, read this article to learn how to type the appropriate symbols using automatic functions in some programs or shortcut keys in others.


Method 1 of 3: Entering Fractions in Windows

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Step 1. Use the division symbol to enter a fraction

To do this, type the numerator (the number at the top), the slash facing to the right (/) and, finally, the denominator (the number at the bottom). For example: 5/32.

If you want to enter a whole number with a fraction, just type in the entire value, followed by a space and the fraction itself - according to the instructions above. For example: 1 1/2

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Step 2. Use the autocorrection function in Word

It converts a fraction entered with the slash (as stated above) into the appropriate symbol, with the numerator and denominator separated by a horizontal bar.

  • Usually, the function is already activated at the factory. If you want to check, go to "File" and "Options"; in the box that appears, click on "Text Review" and then on "AutoCorrect Options"; then enable (or disable) the option or edit the situations where you want the program to correct certain terms.
  • This function does not always work with all fractions.
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Step 3. Use keyboard shortcuts to type common fractions

You can press alt=""Image" and the appropriate codes to enter the most used fractions in everyday life.</p" />

  • 1/2 = Alt+0189
  • 1/4 = Alt+0188
  • 3/4 = Alt+0190
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Step 4. Use an equation field in Word to type a fraction

Do the following:

  • Move the cursor to the point where you want to insert the fraction.
  • Press Ctrl+F9 at the same time to insert a pair of square brackets.
  • Move the cursor inside the square brackets and type EQ \F(n, d) - where "n" is the numerator and "d" is the denominator.
  • Use only capital letters and leave the space after EQ.
  • Press ⇧ Shift+F9 at the same time to create the fraction.
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Step 5. Use the superscript and subscript options to insert fractions into Word

That way, you'll be able to manipulate the font, transforming it into the fractions you want to type.

  • Type and select the numerator.
  • Click "Format" > "Font" > "Superscript".
  • Press Ctrl+Space to finish formatting and go to the next step.
  • Insert a right-facing slash (/).
  • Enter and select the denominator. Click "Format" > "Source" > "Subscript".
  • Press Ctrl+Space to finish formatting and go forward.

Method 2 of 3: Entering Fractions on Mac

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Step 1. Access the "System Preferences" option in the menu bar

It brings all Mac settings.

  • Click on "Language and Region".
  • Click on "Keyboard".
  • Go to the "Keyboard Layouts" tab.
  • Make sure the "Show keyboard layouts in menu bar" option is checked. If not, check it.
  • Close the preferences menu.
  • From then on, you will see your country's flag (Brazil, in this case) in the menu bar, in the upper right corner of the screen.
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Step 2. Click on the "Keyboard Layouts" menu in the menu bar

This way, you will be able to access all the special symbols of the Mac.

  • Click on "Show Emoji and Symbols".
  • In the search field, type the fraction you want to use (for example: 1/2 = a half; 1/8 = an eighth; 1/4 = a quarter). You will see the item in the search results.
  • Double-click on the fraction in the results list to insert it into the document (at the point where the cursor is).
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Step 3. Save the fractions you use the most in "Favorites"

That way you will have quick and easy access to them.

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Step 4. Activate the autocorrection function in Pages

In most normal Mac applications (Mail, Safari, Text Editor, etc.), this function is already activated automatically. However, if you're using Pages, you'll have to do everything yourself.

  • Open Pages and click on "Preferences".
  • Click on "Autocorrections".
  • At this point, you will see a box with several options. Check the one next to "Symbol and Text Replacements".
  • Next, mark the symbols and the substitutions you want to use - in this case, the option "Fractions".
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Step 5. Type a fraction into the Pages document

Ready! Start by typing the numerator (top number), a right slash (/) and denominator (bottom number). Pages will turn these characters into a fraction.

Method 3 of 3: Copying and Pasting Fractions

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Step 1. Copy and paste your fraction

If you can't use one of the methods above, you can use the classic options of copying the values ​​from some document or from the internet and pasting them into your text.

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Step 2. Find the fraction

If the values ​​you want to use appear elsewhere in your document (or any other file), it's easy to copy and paste them.

  • Select the fraction you want to use with the cursor.
  • Double-click the selected text and click "Copy".
  • Go back to your document and place the cursor where you want the text to appear. Then, right click one more time and select "Paste".
  • If the fraction's formatting differs from the document itself, select it and change the font style or size.
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Step 3. Do an internet search

If you can't find the fraction in another more accessible document, you can go online by searching the values ​​along with the word "fraction". For example: for 1/10, enter "1/10 fraction".

  • Explore the results until you find the fraction you want. Then repeat the previous step: select, copy and paste the text.
  • If you need to change the text formatting, select the fraction one more time and adapt the font style and size (if you want to make it bold or italic, for example).


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