How to use fraction (not '/') in Google Docs ?


👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 Oct 10 2022    📁 FIX

Fractions are common mathematical operators which are commonly used for doing maths, science, and finance works. It is very useful for creating math and chemical equations. Google Docs has a feature where we can utilize fractions and create an equation.

In this post, we will look at various methods of using fractions in Google Docs

Using Google Docs Auto Formatting to generate Fraction

By default, Google Docs is preformatted as long as the default formatting is not changed. Which the help of this auto-format you can just use a forward slash between the numerator and denominator and then press enter or space bar and it will auto-format and you can edit both numerator and denominator variable /number.

For example, when you type 1/2  and press the space bar or enter, it will auto-format and the final result looks like what you see in your book.

If this feature is turned off you can enable/disable it with the following steps.

1 Click the Tools menu in Docs
2 Select the Preferences option
3 In the next window, go to the Substitutions Tab and check Automatic substitution for enabling auto-formatting, and if unchecked it will disable
automatic formatting.
4 Click on the OK button.

Using-Google-Docs-Auto-Formatting-to-generate-Fraction

If required, you can even customize autocorrect to use other fraction symbols for this window.

Disadvantages of Google Docs Auto Formatting for Fraction

  • It does not seem to be formal writing.
  • Difficult to read if this fraction is used as a separator.
  • It does not look like real math fractions.
  • By default, auto-format doesn't work for two or more digit numerators or denominators.

To solve above mention problem, Google Docs has one beautiful feature called the Equation tool targeting maths, science, and finance operations.

Using the Equation Tool to generate a fraction

Google Docs has featured an "Equation"  tool that let an option to create a custom fraction and it solves the above problem and makes it:

  • Looks like formal writing
  • Easy to read even in expressions or equations.
  • Look like real math fractions which we used to see in a textbook
  • Works perfectly for every type of fraction like proper, improper, and mixed fractions.

The equation tool has a horizontal division line between the numerator and the denominator.

How to use the Equation Tool to Add a fraction in Google Docs?

Steps:
1  Click on Insert > Equation 
You will get the Equation toolbar just below another menu.

2  Click on the 4th formula model and make sure to click on the little arrow. will the popup click on the first math expression which is a fraction?

3  This will open the dash in the Google Docs working area, type the numerator number and press enter it will move the cursor to the denominator just put the denominator number and press Enter. And then you can edit both the numerator and denominator later. Also, you can zoom in and out fonts of the fraction with the help of font size in the docs.

Using-Equation-Tool-for-Generating-Fraction-in-Google-Docs

Note that you can open Equations Tools using Shortcut and the shortcut is Alt + I + E

How to use Equation Tools to generate mixed fractions in Google Docs?

You can insert mixed fractions from the same menu. First, write a nonfractional part and then go to the above step to write the improper fraction.

Using Google Docs Add-ons to generate a fraction

 You can use google docs addons for creating fractions. In this example, we will show you with Latest Equation Add Ons.

If you have not installed Latex then follow these steps:

1 Open any Google Docs
 2  Click on Add-Ons
3 Select Get Add-Ons
4 Search for "Auto-LaTeX Equations" in the search bar and then select "Auto-Latex Equations" from the list.
5 Select your account and allow this addon to see, edit, delete Google Docs, connect to accounts, and many more.
6 Click on the Next button and then the Done button.

Now you are ready to use Auto-LAtex Equations.

How to use Latex to generate Fractions?

It is simple and easy. The steps are as follows:

1 Click on Add-ons > Auto-Latex Equations > Start
You will get Auto-Latex Equations tools that appear as a popup on the right of the screen.

2 Click on  Show Advanced Settings and select \[...\] delimiters.

3  Then on the screen type the below code.

\frac{a}{b}

4 Then click on Render Equations and your equations get converted into mathematical fractions.

Also read: How to highlight code in google docs?

Using External Sites to generate a fraction

We can use websites like latex.codecogs.com for generating a fraction with the help of UI-based symbols.

1 Open Latex Website. Click Here.

2 Click on the a/b symbol on the menu.

3. This will appear below the code in the text area.

\frac{}{}

Just fill with the numerator on the first curly brace and the denominator on the second curly brace.

For example, 

\frac{4}{9}

4. This will generate fractions with a horizontal fraction line. Just copy the generated fraction and paste it into google docs.

Also read: How to use math equations in Word using Latex Way?

Using Special Characters

Google Docs also includes Special Characters, which allow you to insert fractions.

For this Open Google Docs, then go to Insert > Special Characters. A popup will appear; simply select Numbers from the first dropdown and Fractions/Related from the second dropdown. Then choose any of the listed fractions.

Using Superscript and Subscript Techniques

We can use Google Docs Superscript and Subscript features to make fractions. Let's look at how to do it.

1 Open Google Docs, then type the numerator number, followed by a slash (/), and finally the denominator number.

2 Then, choose the Numerator number and Format> Text > Superscript.

Superscript to Number
fig. Superscript to Number

3 Select the Denominator number, then Format > Text > Subscript.

Subscript-to-number
Caption

Your whole number is now divided into fractions as shown below:

Final Output fraction Using Subscript and Superscript
fig. Final Output

Conclusion:

In this way, we can use fractions in Google Docs using various techniques.

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