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In the Microsoft Word for Macintosh versions that are listed in the "Applies To" section, fractions, such as 1/2 or 1/4, that have a fraction character that is contained in the document are replaced with an underscore character when you open a Microsoft Word for Windows document. Similar behavior can also be seen in Microsoft Excel for Macintosh.
This issue occurs because some Microsoft Windows fonts contain common fractions. For example, some Windows fonts contain the common fractions 1/2, 1/4, and 3/4. Because these characters are available in some fonts, there is a feature in Microsoft Word for Windows, starting with the Microsoft Word 97 for Windows version, that automatically replaces regular text fractions into a fraction character. Also, some common fractions can be inserted as a symbol. On the Macintosh, fraction characters do not exist in the Macintosh fonts. Therefore, when you open the Word for Windows document in Word for Mac, the fraction character is changed to an underscore character. This issue no longer occurs in Word 2004 for Mac because it includes the special fraction characters.
NOTE: You cannot convert the underscore character back to a fraction on the Macintosh. However, if you leave the underscores as part of the document and then save the document, the original fractions are retained when you re-open the document in Word for Windows.
In order to display the fraction correctly on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms, the fractions must be created using the Equation Editor or by using an Equation (EQ) field rather than using the fraction characters on the Windows platform.
Method 1: Use an Equation (EQ) FieldTo insert a fraction as an equation field, follow these steps:
Method 2: Use Equation EditorTo insert the fraction using the Equation Editor, follow these steps:
To turn off (disable) the AutoFormat of text to fraction characters in Word 97 for Windows, follow these steps:
In Microsoft Windows, you may also have the ability to enter some other fractions (for example: 1/3, 2/3, 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, and 7/8) as a Symbol character. These fractions will also convert to the underscore character when the document is opened in Word 98 Macintosh Edition.
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/185510/EN-US/ )WD98: Fraction Not Replaced Automatically (No AutoFormat Option)
Article ID: 193979 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 3.1
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