How To Type Fractions In Google Docs

Google Docs, a product of Google’s suite, is a multifunctional online word processor. It allows you to create and edit documents just like Microsoft Word and many other word processors. One of its stunning features is the ability to type fractions. In this blog post, we’ll guide you on how to type fractions in Google Docs.

Method 1: Using the Special Characters Tool

Google Docs has a built-in feature that allows you to insert special characters, including fractions. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open a Google Docs document.
  2. Click on “Insert” in the top menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Special characters”.
  4. In the dialog box that pops up, click on the dropdown menu and select “Number”.
  5. Another dropdown will appear, select “Fraction” from the options.
  6. You will see a list of fractions, click on the one you want to insert into your document.

Note: This method allows you to insert the most commonly used fractions like ½, ⅓, ¼, etc.

Method 2: Using the Equation Tool

If the fraction you want to type is not available in the special characters, you may use the equation tool. Here’s how:

  1. Open a Google Docs document.
  2. Click on “Insert” in the top menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Equation”.
  4. Once you click on Equation, an equation text box will appear in your document. Type the numerator, hit the forward slash (/), and then type the denominator.

For instance, to type the fraction 5/8, your equation box should look like this: 5/8

Method 3: Using Google Input Tools

Google Input Tools is a Chrome extension that allows you to type in different scripts including fractions. After installing the extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open a Google Docs document.
  2. Click on the Google Input Tools icon in the Chrome toolbar.
  3. Select “Handwriting” (represented by a pencil icon).
  4. Draw the fraction in the box that appears.
  5. Click on the correct suggestion that appears on the right side of the box.

This method is especially handy when dealing with complex fractions.


Typing fractions in Google Docs can seem tricky at first, but with these methods, you’ll be able to address any fraction typing needs you may have. Whether you’re working on a mathematical paper or have a need to type fractions in other documents, Google Docs provides useful tools to assist you.