How to insert fractions into a powerpoint

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How to insert fractions into a powerpoint
Fractions are often used when discussing measurement. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Even if your PowerPoint presentation is not about math, you might need to include one or more fractions in a text box. Fractions are commonly used in presentations about cooking, construction, or sewing. PowerPoint can be configured to automatically format certain fractions as a single character. These are: 1/2, 1/4, and 3/4. However, to format other fractions so that they look like the ones that have been automatically formatted, you need to apply formatting to each character.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007

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Instructions

    Enable Automatic Formatting for Common Fractions

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" menu and choose "Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007" to launch PowerPoint and create a new blank presentation.

  2. 2

    Click the "Office Button" in the left-hand corner.

  3. 3

    Click the "PowerPoint Options" button in the bottom-right side of the menu.

  4. 4

    Select "Proofing" in the left-hand pane of the "PowerPoint Options" dialogue.

  5. 5

    Click the "AutoCorrect Options" button.

  6. 6

    Check the "Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (1/2)" option in the "AutoCorrect" dialogue.

  7. 7

    Click the "OK" button to close the "AutoCorrect" dialogue.

  8. 8

    Click the "OK" button to close the "PowerPoint Options" dialogue.

    Insert Fractions Using AutoCorrect

  1. 1

    Click the "New Slide" button on the "Home" ribbon to create a new slide.

  2. 2

    Click in the content text box.

  3. 3

    Type "1/2" and press the "Enter" key. The fraction is formatted as a single character.

  4. 4

    Type "1/4" and press the "Enter" key. The fraction is formatted as a single character.

  5. 5

    Type "3/4" and press the "Enter" key. The fraction is formatted as a single character.

    Format Fractions Manually

  1. 1

    Type "1/3" and press the "Enter" key. The fraction is not formatted automatically.

  2. 2

    Select the "1". Right-click the "1" and choose the "Font" menu item from the pop-up menu.

  3. 3

    Check the "Superscript" option and click the "OK" button.

  4. 4

    Select the "3". Right-click the "3" and choose the "Font" menu item from the pop-up menu.

  5. 5

    Choose the "Subscript" option and click the "OK" button.

  6. 6

    Select "1/3". Click the "Decrease font size" button in the "Font" toolbar of the "Home" ribbon twice.

  7. 7

    Expand the "Character Spacing" menu in the "Font" toolbar of the "Home" ribbon and choose "Very Tight".

Tips and warnings

  • The "Character Spacing" button shows the characters "A Z" on top of a double-sided arrow.
  • You can also press the Ctrl+Shift+< key combination to decrease the font size.
  • These steps are based on the default font size for the Normal style. You will need to decrease the font size of the fraction by a different number of points if you are formatting a fraction in a different font size.

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