How to Write Fractional Exponents in Word
By Jennifer Young
Business publications that discuss growth trends often use complex equations with fractional exponents. These equations are difficult to type using basic keyboard buttons. Microsoft Word 2010 has a specialized menu for entering equations in the Professional format used for fractional exponents.
Click the "Insert" tab in the file in which you want to insert a fractional exponent. Double-click the "Equation" icon in the Symbols section. A pop-up window will appear on your document that corresponds with your cursor location. A new submenu will appear at the top of your document.
Click the "Fraction" icon in the Structures section of the new menu. Click the template with two blank boxes stacked on top of each other. The boxes are separated by a straight horizontal line. The template will appear in your equation box.
Click on the top box. Type in the numerator, or the top number, of your fractional exponent.
Click on the bottom box. Type in the denominator, or the bottom number, of your fractional exponent.
Click the "Script" icon in the Structures section of the new menu. Click the template with a large box with small elevated block on the right side. Click on the small box on the top right of the numerator. Enter the exponent.
Click on the body of the document. The equation box will disappear and your equation will be part of the normal text.
Jennifer Young has worked as a writer, editor and book publisher for professional life coaches and business entrepreneurs since 2007. She has specialized training and experience in project management and procurement, as well as contracting services. Young earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both history and Japanese studies.