Fractions are used in all sorts of writing, from science and maths papers to financial reports and even recipes. But what is the best way to write numeric fractions in Microsoft Word if you want professional results?\r\nIn this post, we look at your options, which include:\r\n\r\n\tTyping fractions as regular text on a single line.\r\n\tUsing pre-formatted fraction symbols.\r\n\tCreating a fraction using the fraction division slash symbol.\r\n\tUsing the \u2018Equation\u2019 tool to create a custom fraction.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ll look at how each of these approaches work below.\r\nTyping Fractions on a Single Line\r\nThe simplest way to write fractions in Microsoft Word is to just use a forward slash between the numerator and denominator (i.e. the two numbers that make up a fraction):\r\nAdd 2\/3 of a cup of buttermilk to the flour mixture.\r\nThis will be fine in most cases, especially in less formal writing.\r\nHowever, some style guides specify using fraction symbols, which tend to look more professional as well. So, what are your options if you want to use pre-formatted fraction symbols in Microsoft Word?\r\nAutoformatting Common Fractions in Microsoft Word\r\nMicrosoft Word will automatically format certain fractions (i.e. \u00bc, \u00bd, \u00be) as symbols if you type them in as shown above. For instance, if you type \u20181\/2\u2019 in d Microsoft Word document, as long as you have the default autoformatting turned on, it will automatically change to the \u00bd symbol.\r\nYou can turn this feature on or off via the proofing options. To do this:\r\n\r\n\tGo to File > Options > Proofing (or Word > Preferences in Word for Mac).\r\n\tClick AutoCorrect Options and select the AutoFormat As You Type tab (or Authoring and Proofing > AutoCorrect in Word for Mac).\r\n\tCheck or uncheck the box for fractions under Replace as you type\u2026\r\n\tClick OK to save your autocorrect settings.\r\n\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_44441" align="aligncenter" width="622"] Autoformat options for fractions in Microsoft Word.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIf required, you can even customise autocorrect to use other fraction symbols. We'll look at how to access these symbols next.\r\nAccessing Other Fraction Symbols\r\nMicrosoft Word for Windows also has pre-formatted symbols for other fractions (e.g. \u2153, \u2154, \u215b, \u215c, \u215d, \u215e). And to access these, you need to:\r\n\r\n\tPlace your cursor where you want to insert the fraction.\r\n\tGo to Insert > Symbol > More Symbols.\r\n\tIn the Subset menu, choose Number Forms.\r\n\tSelect the fraction you want to use and click Insert.\r\n\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_44451" align="aligncenter" width="532"] Fractions in the Symbol menu.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe fraction symbol will then be inserted into the text in the place selected when you close the menu. In addition, the selected symbol will be added to the quick access menu under \u2018Symbols\u2019.\r\nMac users, meanwhile, can access pre-formatted symbols for other fractions by searching for \u2018fraction\u2019 in the character viewer menu.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_44455" align="aligncenter" width="579"] Fractions in the Character Viewer menu.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nUsing the Division Slash to Create Custom Fractions\r\nOne way to write custom fractions is to use the division slash ( \u2215 ). This is a little different to a regular forward slash, and by formatting the numbers before and after the slash correctly, you end up with a fraction that looks more like the pre-formatted ones above (e.g. 5\u22156, 8\u22159).\r\nTo create a custom fraction like this:\r\n\r\n\tPlace the cursor where you want to insert a fraction.\r\n\tType the numerator (i.e. the top number) in superscript (to turn on superscript, click the X2 button in the Home tab).\r\n\tOpen the Symbols menu as described above.\r\n\tIn the Subset menu, choose Number Forms (or Maths Symbols in the character viewer on Mac).\r\n\tSelect the division slash and click Insert to add it your document. Make sure that it is formatted as regular text (not superscript or subscript).\r\n\tType the denominator (i.e. the bottom number) in subscript (to turn on subscript, click the X2 button in the Home tab).\r\n\r\nThis will give you a numerator\u2215denominator fraction in the place selected.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_43878" align="aligncenter" width="543"] The superscript and subscript buttons in Microsoft Word.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nUsing the Equation Tool to Add a Fraction\r\nFinally, Microsoft Word also features an \u2018Equation\u2019 tool, which includes an option to create a custom fraction. To use this:\r\n\r\n\tGo to Insert > Equation on the main ribbon.\r\n\tClick Equation and select Insert New Equation.\r\n\tOn the Equation Tools tab, select Fraction and pick a fraction design.\r\n\tIn the box that appears, add the numerator and denominator.\r\n\r\nThis is your best option if you\u2019re using a fraction as part of an equation or presenting it separate from the main text in the document. However, equation fields don\u2019t always fit well with surrounding text in other cases.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_44464" align="aligncenter" width="530"] Adding a fraction in an equation.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nProfessional Proofreading Services\r\nHowever you choose to write fractions in Microsoft Word, you need to make sure they are clear and consistent at all times! And to be extra sure of this, you may want to submit a document to our proofreading services.