Some people (mostly architectural types) like their fractions like this:
Others (mostly mechanical types) like their fractions like this:
These are called stacked fractions. And some people like their fractions unstacked. Of course, unstacked fractions are easy; it’s the stacked ones that require a bit of knowledge.
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For Multiline text, you can format fractions as you type, and also set the format of individual fractions if you need to change the way your fractions look.
To create stacked fractions as you type, open the Multiline Text Editor and follow these steps:
- Type the numerator.
- Type the character that defines the fraction format you want:
- Type a slash (/) to create a fraction separated by a horizontal line.
- Type a pound symbol (#) to create a fraction separated by a diagonal line.
- Type a carat (^) to create a tolerance stack, which is like a fraction separated by a horizontal line except that there is no horizontal line.
- Type the denominator.
- Type a space (or other nonnumeric character). A lightning symbol appears.
Click the lightning symbol that appears to display more options, as you see here. Use this shortcut menu makes it easy to change the type of fraction.
Click Stack Properties in the menu to open the Stack Properties dialog box, which looks like this. (You can also select a fraction, right-click, and choose Stack Properties.)
Here you can choose the style of fraction, specify the position relative to the text baseline, and set the text size for the numerator and denominator. You can use the Defaults button to either restore original defaults or use the settings that you specified in the dialog box as the defaults. Click OK when you’re done.
The Style list has a 4th type of fraction, Decimal, which is like a tolerance fraction but aligns the decimal point of the selected numerator and denominator.
Click AutoStack to open the AutoStack dialog box, shown here.
You can choose in the AutoStack Properties dialog box how x/y should stack. The purpose of this dialog box is to make stacking fractions easy each time you do it. You can also remove the leading blank before a mixed fraction. Click OK when you’re done.