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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004 Apps
Ever typed 1/2 and had Word Autocorrect it to ½? Cool you say! What about 1/4? Or 1/8? It seems Word does not have an auto-correct feature to change these. In endeavouring to come up with a solution to this problem, I found this hint on a Windows site. I struggled to find a way to trigger the Control-F9 action mentioned in that hint, until I realized it was a Windows shortcut for starting the Equation Editor in Word.

So I went to Insert -> Object..., and chose the Microsoft Equation entry to start up the Equation Editor. This brings up a new window with a number of palettes. Click on the second entry in the second row for the fraction options, as seen in the image at left. Choose a fraction style, and then enter 1 and 4 (or whatever fraction you want).

When you close the window, the Equation Editor will insert the nice fraction in the Word document for you. To let auto-correct replace your fraction every time you type it, select the new fraction you have just created and then choose Tools -> AutoCorrect. The fraction will show in the "with" side of the box, so just enter 1/4 (or whatever) into the Replace field. Hey presto -- Word now replaces your typing with a nicely formatted fraction. Obviously this technique could be applied to lots of other things, too.

Caveat: My PowerBook would not open the Equation Editor until I located the font MT Extra in the /Applications -> Microsoft Office 2004 -> Office -> Fonts folder, and copied it into my user's Library -> Fonts folder, where Word could find it.

[robg adds: I didn't have to do any manual font copying, and this works as described on my G5.]
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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: momerath on Nov 09, '06 11:23:41AM

This is a stupid hint.

All you need to do is press "undo" immediately after it autocompletes. It will undo the autocomplete and let you leave in 1/2. Alternatively, you could paste a space after it to prevent the autocomplete, or put a space between the / and 2 and delete it later... any number of things is better than going to equation editor.



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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: momerath on Nov 09, '06 11:25:05AM

Oops, I completely misunderstood the hint. I take it all back! I'm sorry!



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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: Norm Nager on Nov 09, '06 11:34:18AM

I've long wanted to set up fractions that way in Word. Thanks!

But, when I go to Insert/Object, I cannot find equation; the only entries under Object type are:
Microsoft Excel Chart
Microsoft Excel Worksheet
Microsoft Graph Chart
Microsoft Word Document
Microsoft Word Picture

I went into Word Help, but could find no answers on how to use the Equation Editor in Word.

My version of Office 2004's Word is 11.3.

Help, please?

Respectfully, Norm



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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: garythemacguy on Nov 09, '06 01:24:52PM

I think Equation Editor is an optional install - that would explain why it doesn't show up for you.

You might be able to reinsert the installer CD and run a custom install to select just that. However, I think it would be safer to uninstall Office entirely ("Remove Office" is a Microsoft supplied utility which you should find in the "additional Tools" folder) and then reinstall (selecting Equation Editor this time) and repatch back up to 10.3.



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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: kaih on Nov 09, '06 03:56:23PM

You can also set up autocomplete to complete things like 1/4 to the proper unicode character.

To enter the correct unicode character, use the Character Palette (found under the country flag in your menu bar) go to Symbols -> Numbers and Number Symbols and you will see a whole heap of pre-rolled fractions for you.

The problems with making a fake fraction is that the numbers are often lighter than the text around them and they don't look as good...

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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: UltraNurd on Nov 10, '06 05:06:42AM

I agree; setting up auto-correct to insert the appropriate Unicode character is better for compatibility to. You can't easily copy-and-paste Word equation objects, but you can definitely copy the fractional Unicode characters.

You still need to use Equation Editor for arbitrary fractions, but for ½, ⅓, ⅔, ¼, ¾, ⅕, ⅖, ⅗, ⅘, ⅙, ⅚, ⅛, ⅜, ⅝, and ⅞, you're covered.



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Set up custom fraction auto corrections in Word 2004
Authored by: Eddie the Elder on Nov 12, '06 12:12:53PM

But as far as I can tell, unicode characters for fractions are available only in certain fonts... Lucida Grande, for example. So if the rest of your text is in Garamond, say, the fraction will stand out as something else. Or am I missing something?



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