Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Using Fields for Fractions.

Using Fields for Fractions

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 10, 2015)

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There is an often-overlooked way to add fractions to your Word documents—through the use of the EQ field. This field was originally designed for equations, and can be used very handily for fractions.

There are two ways you can utilize the EQ field for your fractions. Using the first method, your field would look as follows:

{ EQ \f(x, y) }

Just make sure you insert regular field braces by pressing Ctrl+F9, and replace x with your numerator and y with your denominator. The result is a fraction using a horizontal divider between the numerator and the denominator.

The other EQ field method is as follows:

{ EQ \s\up2(9)/\s\do2(11) }

This approach uses quite a few different EQ field switches to format the equation. The first part utilizes the \s\up2 switches to position a superscript. The last part utilizes the \s\do2 switches to position a subscript.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10910) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Using Fields for Fractions.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is three more than 5?

2015-07-10 10:52:06

Kevin T Swan

By the way in the econd example the 9 and the 11 should be x and y as in the first example.
Also if you decrease the font size of the field you can pretty much replicate the Symbol Font fractions and minimize the line spacing impact.


2011-11-07 10:50:50

Scott Davis

I use autocorrect for my most common ones, substituting the Symbol Font fraction for my typed input. Like this: 1/3 becomes ⅓, 5/8 becomes ⅝, 7/8 becomes ⅞. It does not then alter the line spacing. That is a Word default for
¼, ½, ¾.
Yet this “fields” method will work for ANY fraction. Not just the common ones.
Quite useful!


2011-11-06 02:39:07

sheila mcinnes

When using CtrlF9, don't forget to Shift F9 when you've finished typing the denominator, and don't miss out the spaces or the capital letters.


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