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The AutoFormat feature in Word automatically changes the typed number "1/2" to the symbol for 1/2. This feature also changes "1/4" and "3/4" to their appropriate symbols. The "More Information" section of this article explains how you can use the AutoCorrect feature to change typed fractions to their respective symbol characters.
To create an AutoCorrect entry for a fraction, you must create the fraction symbol and then add it to the AutoCorrect list.
To Create the Fraction SymbolMethod 1: Use an Equation Field to Create the Fraction:
This method creates a fraction with a horizontal line between the numerator and the denominator.
NOTE: The Equation Editor is NOT installed during a typical installation. If you ran a typical installation, you will need to quit Word and run Setup again to install the Equation Editor, before using this method.
This method creates a fraction with a diagonal line between the numerator and the denominator.
To Create an AutoCorrect Entry for the Fraction Symbol
AutoFormat can only use the symbols available to the normal text font: 1/2, 1/4, and 3/4. To preview these symbols, on the Insert menu click Symbol, and in the Font list, click (Normal Text).
The precise look of the normal text symbols differs slightly from those added using the EQ field or the Equation Editor. Adjustments to font size, character position, and character spacing may be necessary to match the symbols available in the Normal font.
You can also use the AutoText feature in Word to store and use fractions in a document.
For more information about creating and using AutoText entries, click the Office Assistant, type "How do I create an AutoText entry?" (without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click the "Use shortcuts to insert frequently used text and graphics" topic.
NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/120802/EN-US/ )Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
Article ID: 137734 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
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