4 Ways To Type Fractions On a Mac

You can type fractions in text and word processing documents in a number of ways. The simplest is to use a slash character between numbers. This also works in cases where you want your Mac to perform calculations, like in Spotlight. But you can also format the fractions nicely using baseline shifts, special fraction characters, and the math equation editors in Pages and Word.

Comments: 10 Responses to “4 Ways To Type Fractions On a Mac”

    Richard Fuhr
    9 months ago

    For those who would like to create a document that has a lot of math symbols, there is also the venerable TeX system, which has a rich set of math typesetting features. It has a steep learning curve, but there are lots of books and examples available. There are also several freely available TeX typesetting programs available. Typically, the result of a TeX session is a PDF document.

    9 months ago

    Richard: That’s actually TeX (LaTex) I’m showing in Pages.

    Shirley A.
    9 months ago

    In Pages > Preferences > Auto-Correction you may select “Automatically format fractions”

    9 months ago

    Shirley: That setting will turn on/off the automatic change from fractions like 1/2 to the single character ½. So it is a shortcut to do that one method. But it won’t work for a fraction if there is no single-character equivalent, like 5/9 or 12/13.

    Barbara B.
    9 months ago

    I followed your direction concerning “4 Ways to Type Fractions on a Mac.” However, I never could get the size of any fraction to change as you demonstrated. I am using High Sierra.

    9 months ago

    Barbara: Which of my suggestions were you trying, exactly? Which app were you typing in? What didn’t work, exactly?

    Sabriga
    6 months ago

    I tried and tried to type a fraction then hit the space bar, but it would only convert certain fractions, i.e., 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 3/4. But it wouldn’t convert any others, like 7/8, 2/3, etc.

    I love Mac but this is so tedious — right now I’m going to Insert, Equations, Fraction tool. What a lot of steps for one fraction!

    Sabriga
    6 months ago

    When I used the emoji suggestion (love that ctrl/cmd/space tip) and typed in ‘fractions,’ I got a message “No characters found.” I scrolled through all the emojis, just to be sure, but there were no fractions.

    6 months ago

    Sabriga: Perhaps you have some math symbols disabled. Bring up the character viewer, click the small button at the top right to change modes. Then click the customize button at the top left. Then check what you have turned on and off. Click the top right button again to switch modes back.

    Jack
    6 months ago

    Very helpful and clear. Thank you!

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