Microsoft Word 2003 Characters and Symbols

Stop Converting Fractions

Summary: Prevent Word 2003 from converting typed fractions into special characters.

Depending on your configuration, Microsoft Word 2003 may convert typed fractions into special characters. While these converted fraction characters may look more pleasing to the eye, they do provide a couple of problems:

1) Copying and pasting your document into another piece of software, or pasting the document into a web page, may turn the fractions into unreadable characters, especially for those using operating systems other than Windows.

2) If you later need to search your document for a fraction, such as 1/2, you may find it difficult to find. As Word has converted the fraction into a special character you must search for the specific fraction character and not the text 1/2.

To disable this feature:

1. Select "Tools" - "AutoCorrect Options".

2. When the multi-tabbed "AutoCorrect" dialog box appears, click the "AutoFormat" tab.

3. Uncheck "Fractions (1/2) with fraction characters".

4. Click the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab.

5. Uncheck "Fractions (1/2) with fraction characters".

6. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

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Last Modified on: August 21, 2008, at 9:02 A.M. EDT

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