How to use fraction numbers

This tip describes how to use fractions simply.
To enter a fraction into a cell, leave a space between the whole number and the fraction.

For example, to enter 6 7/8 , enter 6 7/8, and then press Enter.

When you select the cell, 6.875 appears in the Formula bar, and the cell entry appears as a fraction.

If you have a fraction only (for example, 1/8 ), you must enter a zero first, like this: 0 1/8 - otherwise Excel will likely assume that you are entering a date. When you select the cell and look at the Formula bar, you see 0.125. In the cell, you see 1⁄8.