Dear Computer Lady,
Please tell me how to make fracions. I am copying my recipes to the computer.
The best way to make fractions on your computer is by typing the top number, followed by the division symbol (above the number 8 on your number keypad) and then the bottom number. Using this method, one half would look like this: 1/2 If you are typing a whole number followed by a fraction, leave a space between the whole number and the fraction. One and a half would look like this: 1 1/2 .
Once you have typed your fractions in this manner, if you are using a program that includes subscript formatting (WordPad will work, as will Word or PagePlus) you can highlight the fraction and apply the subscript formatting.
Some fonts include common fractions, but it would depend on the font, and if the recipe was copied in the future, the fraction could be lost.
You can also use a keyboard shortcut for three fractions, 1/2, 1/4, and 3/4 but you are out of luck if you need other fractions.
Here are the keyboard shortcuts for common fractions:
½ = Alt + 0189
¼ = Alt + 0188
¾ = Alt + 0190