﻿ Display numbers as fractions

# Display numbers as fractions

Use the Fraction format to display or type numbers as actual fractions, rather than decimals.

## Display numbers as fractions

1. Select the cells that you want to format.

How to select cells, ranges, rows, or columns

Tip   To cancel a selection of cells, click any cell on the worksheet.

1. On the Home tab, click the Dialog Box Launcher next to Number.

2. In the Category list, click Fraction.

3. In the Type list, click the fraction format type that you want to use.

 Fraction format This format displays 123.456 as Single-digit fraction 123 1/2, rounding to the nearest single-digit fraction value Double-digit fraction 123 26/57, rounding to the nearest double-digit fraction value Triple-digit fraction 123 57/125, rounding to the nearest triple-digit fraction value Fraction as halves 123 1/2 Fraction as quarters 123 2/4 Fraction as eighths 123 4/8 Fraction as sixteenths 123 7/16 Fraction as tenths 123 5/10 Fraction as hundredths 123 46/100
1. The number in the active cell of the selection on the worksheet appears in the Sample box so that you can preview the number formatting options that you select.

## Tips for displaying fractions

• After you apply a fraction format to a cell, decimal numbers as well as actual fractions that you type in that cell will be displayed as a fraction. For example, typing .5 or 1/2 results in 1/2 when the cell has been formatted with a fraction type of Up to one digit.

• If no fraction format is applied to a cell, and you type a fraction such as 1/2, it will be formatted as a date. To display the fraction correctly, apply a Fraction format, and then retype the fraction. Alternatively, you can type a zero before the fraction—for example, 0 1/2—and it will display correctly.

• If you don't need to perform calculations on fractions, you can format a cell as text before you type a fraction into it by clicking Text in the Category list. This way, the fractions that you type will not be reduced or converted to decimals. However, you cannot perform mathematical calculations on fractions that are displayed as text.

• To reset the number format, click General in the Category box (Format Cells dialog box) or in the Number Format box (Home tab, Number group). Cells that are formatted with the General format do not have a specific number format.

Applies To: Excel 2010

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