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Display numbers as fractions Applies To: Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007
Use the Fraction format to display or type numbers as actual fractions, rather than decimals. 1. Select the cells that you want to format. 2. On the Home tab, click the Dialog Box Launcher next to Number.
3. In the Category list, click Fraction.
4. In the Type list, click the fraction format type that you want to use.
This format displays 123.456 as
123 1/2, rounding to the nearest single-digit fraction value
123 26/57, rounding to the nearest double-digit fraction value
123 57/125, rounding to the nearest triple-digit fraction value
Fraction as halves
Fraction as quarters
Fraction as eighths
Fraction as sixteenths
Fraction as tenths
Fraction as hundredths
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 it as a fraction, apply a Fraction format, and then retype the fraction. 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.
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