# Word 2002 - Writing a Fraction HELP!

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I need to make a math worksheet, and the fractions need to be number over
line over number. I have tried using the equation editor - I press CTRL F9,
enter in my information {EQ\f(1/8)} to get the fraction 1/8, but that's all I
see. What should I be doing? I pressed SHIFT F9 and what I had typed
disappeared. I have installed Microsoft Equation, and I have used the help
menu. I made sure Field Codes was unchecked in the tool - options - view
menu. I have done everything I know to do, what am I doing wrong?

THANKS!

laineyfay said:
I need to make a math worksheet, and the fractions need to be number
over line over number. I have tried using the equation editor - I
press CTRL F9, enter in my information {EQ\f(1/8)} to get the
fraction 1/8, but that's all I see. What should I be doing? I
pressed SHIFT F9 and what I had typed disappeared. I have installed
Microsoft Equation, and I have used the help menu. I made sure Field
Codes was unchecked in the tool - options - view menu. I have done
everything I know to do, what am I doing wrong?

THANKS!

First off, you're confusing two completely unrelated mechanisms -- the EQ
field has nothing to do with Microsoft Equation Editor.

If you want to use the EQ field, you have to fix a couple of problems in
your field code. There must be a space between the EQ and the \f, and you
need a comma instead of a slash:

{EQ \f(1,8)}

and then press F9 to update the field. In the result, the digits will be
full size; if you want them smaller, you'll have to reopen the field code
(Shift+F9) and format the digits to a smaller size (if the body text is 12
pt, use 8 pt for the digits in the fraction).

If you want to use the Equation Editor instead, click Insert > Object >
Microsoft Equation 3.0 > OK. You'll get a rectangle with a shaded border
where the equation will go, and a toolbar full of "palette" buttons -- each
one drops a picture menu. Also, the menu bar will change to entries for the
Equation Editor.

Before you do anything else, check the font assignments, because the
installer doesn't always get it right. See
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/EqEditorCrashes.htm for instructions.

THANKS! Worked perfectly!!!!

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