CUSTOM FRACTIONS

c13563
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CUSTOM FRACTIONS

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Hi Hans --

I would like to learn how to create custom fractions in a word document. I am using Windows 10 w/office 2019 and my preferred font is always Arial. i. e. 4/7 to display like ⅐; just in the Arial font.

I am not always intuitive and really appreciate Step 1, Step 2 formats when trying to learn.

Anything you can do would be sincerely appreciated.

Bruce

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Re: CUSTOM FRACTIONS

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Welcome to Eileen's Lounge!

For fractions such as 2/3 and 5/8, you can use the Arial Unicode MS font, which looks just like Arial:
- Activate the Insert tab of the ribbon.
- In the Symbols group, click Symbol > More Symbols...
- Select Arial Unicode MS from the Font dropdown.
- Select Number Forms from the Subset dropdown.
- Select the fraction that you want.
- Click Insert.
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- As you see, the choices are limited. See my next reply for another method.
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Re: CUSTOM FRACTIONS

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For arbitrary fractions, you can use the Equation feature.
- Activate the Insert tab of the ribbon.
- In the Symbols group, click on the Equation button.
- This automatically activates the Design tab of the ribbon, under Equation Tools.
- In the Structures group, click on Fraction, then click the second button (Skewed Fraction).
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- This inserts an empty fraction in your document.
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- Click in the first dotted box and enter the numerator.
- Click in the second dotted box and enter the denominator.
- Select the entire fraction.
- In the Conversions group, click on 'abc Text'.
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- Activate the Home tab of the ribbon.
- Set the font to Arial, and change the font size if you wish.
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Re: CUSTOM FRACTIONS

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By the way, instead of deleting your original post, you could have edited its subject.
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Re: CUSTOM FRACTIONS

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Long term, look at Suzanne Barnhill's article on creating fractions:
http://wordfaqs.ssbarnhill.com/CreateFraction.htm
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Re: CUSTOM FRACTIONS

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Another way would be to use a macro like the following:

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Sub EnterFraction()
'Add this macro to Word's 'Normal' template
'Assign a keystroke like Alt-/ to this macro (Tools...Customize...Keyboard)

'Prompt user for the text to format as a fraction
fraction = InputBox("Enter fraction text (ex: ½, 5/32)")
'Find the position of the slash in the text
slashPosition = InStr(fraction, "/")
'Quit if no slash in the text
If slashPosition = 0 Then Exit Sub
preSlash = Left(fraction, slashPosition - 1)
postSlash = Right(fraction, Len(fraction) - slashPosition)
With Selection
  'Type text before the slash as superscript
  .Font.Superscript = True
  .TypeText preSlash
  'Type the slash as normal text
  .Font.Superscript = False
  .TypeText "/"
  'Format text after the slash
  .Font.Subscript = True
  .TypeText postSlash
  'Continue with font back to normal
  .Font.Subscript = False
End With
End Sub
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