In Google Docs we can format our document so that the final result is as we imagine it. From changing the font, color, spacing, to the size of the text. Something else we can do is write fractions in Google Docs , although it has some other problem for those characters that are mathematical, we can easily solve it and add them to our document in a matter of seconds..
Write fractions in Google Docs manually
In case formatting isn't an issue, we can use the forward slash (/) to symbolize a fractional value in the text. To serve as an example, we can write 1/2. This would not be a perfect format, but for most occasions it would do the job.
Although if we want it to look better, we can use special characters. There are a number of fractional values available as special characters in Google Docs that we can easily use in our document..
Add fraction using special characters in Google Docs
- The first thing we will do is open our document.
- We will move our cursor to where we want to insert the fraction and click.
- Then, we go to the menu bar and we will press Insert > Special characters.
- We scroll through the characters manually or type “Fraction” in the search box.
- When we find the character we need, we will have to click on it to be able to insert it into the document.
In the event that Google Docs does not have the character that we are needing, we can search Google for alternative fraction codes that we can manually enter in the document.
Add fractions in Docs automatically
Another option with which we have is to configure Google Docs to change its manual fractions into special characters automatically, which will help us save a lot of time. This method uses text substitutions to convert any pseudofraction to a special one. For example, 1/2 in ½..
For this we are going to have to open a new text document and go to Insert > Special Characters, we will have to choose the special characters that match the fraction we want to convert.
Let's remember that, if we cannot find them, we can write the word fraction in the search engine. We will click on the fraction icons to add them to the document. We will select a fraction and press Ctrl + C to copy it. Then we go to Tools> Preferences.
Once we are in the Preferences window, we are going to go to Substitutions. From here, we will have to verify that the Automatic substitutions box is activated; in the Replace column, we will have to write the fraction that we would write (1/2). Next, in the With column, we'll paste the special character we copied earlier, for example, ½.
From now on, every time we write the fraction manually (1/2) and press the space bar, it will be automatically replaced by the text that we insert in the Substitutions box. In this way, we will be able to do it much faster.