You may need fractions to show a part of a whole as a mathematical example. In Google Docs, we write fractions either via a diagonal line or via classic division line, just the way it looks when written on a paper, instead of when they’re just separated by a slash. Fortunately, that’s made very simple on Google Docs, and there are a few ways to do that. So, let’s explore them.
We are starting off by utilizing automatic fractions by Google Docs. Basically, when you enter the numbers in a specific way, Google Docs converts them into a fraction automatically. And that is performed when we enter the numbers we want to turn into a fraction with a slash symbol between them.
Like 1 slash 2, then space on a keyboard like you normally do to continue typing. There we go, and as you can see, Google Docs indicates the substitution with this green dotted underline to point out where some changes occurred
And then we keep going on. For example, 1 slash 3 and space, 3 slash 5 and space. Here you are
Customizing Automatic Fractions
And we can control this, exclude specific numbers, or add the new ones, for instance.
We go to the “Tools” item on the toolbar on top and press it. Then we go down to “Preferences” and press this item
And on a new window, we switch to “Substitutions”
Scrolling down, here you can see which numbers are getting turned into fractions automatically. Now you can change this
Press on the box left to the field to disable or enable a substitution
Here to the right, you can delete a substitution by pressing on a cross mark
And if you press on the field with the original number, you can modify it, so as the item it is replaced with
NB! And press OK when you finish your customization of the substitutions.
Advanced Equation Bar
Now, if you need more than that, here comes an advanced option to insert more complex fractions and create formulas.
We will enable a special bar for equations. So, we go to the “Insert” item on the toolbar on top, then drag the mouse down to the “Equation” line and press it
And here’s that bar. These items are drop-down menus with a range of different symbols
For example, we need exactly this one for our math operations. So, the first item on the left is the one we need. And we press it
Now we enter a number and then “Enter” on a keyboard to switch to the bottom part, typing in the numbers. And enter once again to finish it. Here it is
And concerning this whole equation bar, its functionality goes far beyond the simplest fractions. This is actually an equation-building tool. And here, you can not only insert different symbols but you can build a formula out of them inside of this box
So, if you insert, let’s say, several symbols, type in the numbers, and so on to create an advanced equation that you need, we can look at this random sample. Just great!
Inserting Fractions via Special Characters
And the last option to insert fractions is performed via the “Special characters” menu.
We go to the “Insert” item on the toolbar on top and then go down to the “Special characters” line
Here we have 2 drop-downs
So, press the left one (Symbol) and select “Number” in the menu
Then the right button (Arrows) and select “Fractions/Related”
Here you have it. Just press on either one, and it will get inserted into the doc, where your mouse pointer is at the moment
We hope this tutorial will help you learn how to make fractions in Google Docs. Good luck!
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