If youâre giving a presentation for a company or teaching a lesson in a math class, itâs likely youâll be using fractions in the presentation. PowerPoint provides several different fraction structures, including skewed, stacked, linear, and small. Hereâs how to use them.

## Different Fraction Structures in PowerPoint

There are a few ways to write fractions in PowerPoint. If youâre happy with the default fraction structure that you get by simply typing in the fraction, thatâs great! If youâre discussing more complex equations, it might be worth looking at the other available structures in PowerPoint.

As mentioned before, the default fraction structure that you get by simply typing the fraction in PowerPoint is called a linear structure. Hereâs an example of how that looks.Â In this case, the fraction maintains the current font style and size settings as the rest of the text in your paragraph.

When you use the tool provided by PowerPoint to insert the linear fraction, it reformats it a bit. Hereâs an example of how that looks.

As you can see, it looks a bit different than when you type it in directly. The inserted version italicizes the text and uses the Cambria Math font.

PowerPoint also provides several other fraction structures if linear doesn’t work for you. Hereâs a list of the different styles:

- Stacked Fraction
- Skewed Fraction
- Linear Fraction
- Small Fraction
- dy over dx
- cap delta y over cap delta x
- partial y over partial x
- delta y over delta x
- pi Over 2

And hereâs a preview of what they look like:

These structures should give you the flexibility to use fractions however they best support your material.

## Inserting Fractions in PowerPoint

Weâll leave deciding which fraction structure to use up to you. Whatever you decide, hereâs how to find them.

First, head over to the âInsertâ tab and click the âEquationâ button (the pi symbol).

This open a specialized Design tab in a new tab group named Drawing Tools. Youâll also notice that a new âType equation hereâ text box appears on your slide.

On the âDesignâ tab, click the âFractionâ button.

On the drop-down menu, pick the fraction structure youâd like to use. In this example, weâll pick âStacked.â

Youâll now see the fraction structure you selected appear in the slide.

Now all you need to do is insert the numbers into your fraction.

## Drawing Your Own Fractions

Another neat feature in PowerPoint is the ability to drawÂ fractions. Back at the âInsertâ tab, click the down arrow under the âEquationâ button.

The dropdown menu that appears presents several different types of equations. At the very bottom of this menu, click âInk Equation.â

The âMath Input Controlâ window now appears, allowing you to draw your equation. If youâre not using a touch-enabled device, you can use your mouse. Letâs try a simple fraction first.

As you can see in the above GIF, we (sloppily) drew 1/3 in the stacked fraction structure. PowerPoint gives you a preview of the fraction in the area above the drawing pad.

Now letâs see what happens when we draw something a little more complex.

Ok, so itâs not the most complex equation youâve ever seen, but it serves as a good example. Once youâre happy with the equation, go ahead and select âInsert.â

Youâll now see the equation appear in the PowerPoint slide.

Using the drawing tool, you can draw any fraction structure you like. However, keep in mind that itâs a pretty sensitive tool, so itâs easy for it to mistake your drawing for the skewed structure when you wanted the stacked structure instead. Be sure to draw everything as neatly as possible. If you mess up, you can always use the provided erase feature or just clear the equation and start over.

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