When we write a fraction by hand we normally have the first number slightly higher off the baseline and the second number slightly below, with a diagonal line between. What I mean is the numerator is above and the denominator is below the dividing line. When we type 1/2 in Word and follow it with a space it is automatically turned into a fraction that looks like this ½. But when we type a non-standard fraction, Word does not treat it the same way, so it stays like this: 3/5. If you require more complex fractions such as 4/15, this is not the answer. The fractions you will find in this feature are the following.

If you require a fraction such as 3/16  then may I suggest that you read my tip on How to create a customised fraction in Word, to create a more complex fraction that you require.

How can I insert any of these fractions? Well, should you try using the [Insert, Symbol] tool, you’d be heading in the right direction. But it is a little more complicated to find what you are looking for until someone tells you.

## The Symbol tool

You can locate the symbol tool in the Insert Tab, all the way on the righthand side.

• Select the dropdown arrow to reveal a host of previously used symbols and ones you might like to insert at some time.
• Select [More Symbols…] at the bottom of this list.

You are presented with this dialog box that holds ALL symbols.

At the top right of this dialog box, you will find the [Subset:] This is set to [Basic Latin].

• Change this setting to [Number Forms]. (This is some way down the non-alphabetic list).
• Select the fraction you need and press the [Insert button].

Voila!  You have your fraction looking like it should.

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If you need any other fractions, then please read this article I wrote a while back. How to create a customized fraction in Word.

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