## What Is Fractions In Excel?

Fractions in Excelis a number format category that shows the specified value as a fraction instead of its decimal equivalent. The output is a number with a numerator and denominator, separated by a slash sign.

To display the fractional values, users can use the inbuilt **Fraction** format or customize the required formats.

For example, we will display the source data as fractions for the below table that contains a list of numbers.

In column B, we can display the cell values **B2:B7** in the fraction form by setting the cells’ format as **Fraction** in **Home** → **Number Format,** and copying the source data in the corresponding target cells.

When we choose to **show Fractions in Excel**, the whole part of the decimal number gets displayed as is. And the decimal part, which comes after the decimal point, shows as the fraction, though the original value is still a decimal number.

On the other hand, suppose the given value in a cell is an integer. Then updating the number format of the cell as **Fraction** will not change the integer format. The output will remain the same, as in the case of row 4.

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###### Key Takeaways

**Fractions in Excel**form a number format category that enables one to display a decimal value as a fraction.- Users can use the
**Fraction**number format to show a fraction in different types, such as up to one, two, and three digits. Excel also offers options to customize the fraction format best suiting the requirements. - We can apply the
**Fraction**format to cells using the**Home**→**Number Format**option or from the**Format Cells**window. - We can use the
**TEXT()**to display a fractional value. But we cannot use the value to perform mathematical calculations as the fraction the**TEXT**function returns will be a text string.

### Fractions() Excel Formula

We can insert** Fractions in Excel** from the **Home** tab or the **Format Cells** window, as follows:

#### #1 – Home Tab

The **Fraction number format** is available in the **Home** tab, under the **Number Format** option.

In this case, we can also use one of the keyboard shortcuts for** Fractions in Excel**, **Alt** + **H**, **N**, and **F**.

#### #2 – Format Cells Window

We can select the **Fraction** number format category from the **Format Cells** window that is available in the context menu (which opens by right-clicking the target cell).

The **keyboard shortcuts for Fractions in Excel**, in this case, are as follows:

- Use the
**Number**dialog box selector in the**Home**tab to open the**Format Cells**window, and press**N**to open the**Number**tab. And then, click in the**Category**box and press the**F**key to select**Fraction**.

- Click
**Ctrl**+**1**to access the**Format Cells**window. And then, the rest of the process remains the same as explained above.

### How To Use/Write Fractions Excel Function?

We can use the **Fractions Excel Function** in 2 ways, namely,

**Access from the Excel ribbon.****Use the Format Cells option.**

#### Method #1 – Access from the Excel Ribbon

Choose the target cell for output à select the “**Home”** tab → go to the “Number” group → click the “**Number Format”** option drop-down → select the “**Fraction”** option, as shown below.

The number format in the chosen cell gets updated as a **Fraction**.

#### Method #2 – Use the Format Cells Option

Right-click the required cell to open the context menu → select **Format Cells**, as depicted below.

The **Format Cells** window will open, where we can select the required **Fraction** format from the **Fraction** category in the **Number** tab.

Finally, click **OK **to close the window, and update the cell format as **Fraction**.

Let us take a basic example to learn more.

We will display the given decimal numbers as fractions for the following table with a list of numbers in decimal format, using the **Fraction in Excel.**

The steps to convert the cell values to fractional values using **Fractions in Excel** are,

**Select cell range B2:B6, click Home → Number Format option drop-down → Fraction to set the cells’ format as Fraction.**

[Alternatively, select cells**B2:B6**, right-click and select the**Format Cells**option.

The above step will open the**Format Cells**window. Here, click the**Fraction**category in the**Number**tab. And let us pick the first option as the required**Type**, which is the default fraction type.

And once we click**OK**, the window will close with the target cells’ format set as**Fraction**.]**Select cell B2, enter the formula =A2, and press Enter.****Using the fill handle, drag the formula to cells B3:B6.**

Since the selected fraction type is single-digit, the decimal part in each number gets rounded to the nearest single-digit fraction.

### Examples

Let us see a few practical examples of **Fraction formats in Excel**.

#### Example #1

We will show the weight values as fractions in tenths format using Excel’s inbuilt **Fraction in Excel **options.

The below table contains an item list with their weight details in decimals.

The steps to use the inbuilt fraction format option are,

**Step 1:**Select cell range**C2:C11**, right-click to open the context menu, and pick**Format Cells**to open the**Format Cells**window.

**Step 2:**In the**Format Cells**window, go to the**Number**tab and click the**Fraction**category. And then, in the**Type**section, scroll down to choose the second last option to get the fractions in tenths format.

Clicking **OK** will close the **Format Cells** window, and the selected fraction format will get applied to the chosen cell range.

**Step 3:**Select cell**C2**, enter the formula, and press*=B2***Enter**.

**Step 4:**Use the fill handle to enter the formula in cells**C3:C11**.

The first option under **Type**, the default fraction format, shows the fraction with a denominator having a single digit. But choosing the second-last option helps display the fraction with the denominator as 10.

Likewise, we can choose the fraction format from the nine options available in the **Type** section that matches our requirements.

#### Example #2

At times we might require to display the fractions in a specific format not available in the inbuilt options in the **Type** section. In such scenarios, we can use customized fraction formats as required.

For example, the below table contains two data sets of decimal values. We will add the two data sets’ values in each row as fractions, with the denominator always being 50. Further, the sum values should also have the same fraction format as the two datasets.

The steps to add** Fractions in Excel** as per the mentioned requirement are,

**Step 1:**Select cell range**A2:C6**, and click the**Number**dialog box selector in the**Home**tab to access the**Format Cells**window.

**Step 2:**In the**Format Cells**window, select the**Custom**option as the**Category**in the**Number**tab.

And pick the highlighted fraction format as the **Type**.

**Step 3:**Replace the question marks in the denominator in the chosen fraction format with the number 50 to get the required customized fraction type.

Once we click **OK**, the dialog box will close, and we will see the two data sets’ values as fractions in the desired customized fraction format.

Next, the following steps will **add Fractions in Excel** cells C2:C6.

**Step 4:**Select cell**C2**, enter the formula, and press*=A2+B2***Enter**.

**Step 5:**Implement the formula in the remaining target cells**C3:C6**using the fill handle.

The ‘**#**‘ symbol and the two question marks in the numerator and denominator represent a mixed fraction, with the ‘**#**’ symbol denoting the integer part. And the remaining section of the format indicates the fractional part.

And replacing the question marks in the denominator with the number 50 ensures the customized fractions display the value 50 in the denominator.

Similarly, we can pick the appropriate fraction format option available in the **Custom** category and customize the format according to our requirements.

#### Example #3

We can use the **TEXT excel function** to display **Fractions in Excel**.

For example, the table below contains the distance between different destinations as decimals. And we must update the comments in column D stating the distances between the given destinations are the specified miles but in fraction format.

The steps to use the **TEXT()** and show the miles values as fractions in the comments are:

**Step 1:**Select cell**D2**, enter the below formula, and press**Enter**.

*=”The distance between “&A2&” and “&B2&” is “&TEXT(C2,”# ?/?”)&” miles.”*

**Step 2:**Apply the formula in cells**D3:D6**with the help of the fill handle.

Let us consider the cell **D6** expression to check how the formula executes.

The **TEXT()** returns the specified cell C6 value, **321.9**, in the given fraction format. Thus, the function output is **321 8/9**.

And the rest of the formula uses the excel cell references to the two given destinations to display the required comment, with the value of the miles in fraction format.

To suit our needs, we can use a different fraction format in the **TEXT()**.

However, please note that the **TEXT()** output will be a text string. And hence, we cannot use the resulting fraction for mathematical calculations.

### Important Things To Note

- Ensure we apply the fraction format to the target cell and enter the fractional value. Otherwise, Excel will count the value as a date.
- Once a cell has a fraction format, a decimal value or the actual fraction entered in it will display as a fraction.
- When we do not have to perform any calculations on the
**Fractions in Excel,**then, we can set the specific cell format as**Text**in the**Home**→**Number Format**and type the fraction. It will ensure the entered fractional value is not reduced or converted into decimal.

### Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

**1. How to multiply fractional values with whole numbers in Excel?**

We can multiply fractional values with whole numbers in Excel using the following steps. Let us see them with an example.

The following table shows two value sets. While the first set contains whole numbers, the second set shows decimals. We must display the decimals as fractional values, then multiply the fractions with the whole numbers in each row and show the products in column D.

The steps to multiply fractional values with whole numbers are as follows:**• Step 1:** Select the cell range **C3:C7,** and go to **Home** → **Number Format** drop-down → **Fraction** to set the cell range format as **Fraction**.**• Step 2:** Select cell **D3**, enter the formula ** =B3*C3**, and press

**Enter**.

Once we multiply the fractional value with the whole number in the target cell, the cell format will automatically get updated as a

**Fraction**with the product displayed as a fraction.

**• Step 3:**Copy the formula in the remaining target cells

**D4:D7**with the help of the fill handle.

**2. How to copy and paste Fractions in Excel?**

We can copy and paste **Fractions in Excel** using the following steps:**1)** First, ensure the fractions are in the required format.**2)** Then select the cell range containing the fractional values and press **Ctrl** + **C**.**3)** Finally, choose the first target cell, where we must paste the fractions in one cell after the other, and then press **Ctrl** + **V**.

The above steps will copy and paste the values in the target cells as fractions.

**3. How to convert fractions to decimals in Excel?3) How to convert fractions to decimals in Excel?**

We can convert fractions to decimals in Excel using the below steps:**1)** First, select the cell range containing the fractional values.**2)** Next, navigate the path **Home** → **Number Format** drop-down → **General** to change the cell range format from **Fraction** to **General**.

Once we set the cell range format as **General**, the fractions will get displayed as decimal values inside the cells and in the Formula Bar.

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