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    How do I insert a fraction such as 1/2 into a text document in PAGES

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    I don't use Pages very much...so there could be an easier way...give this a try:

    - Apple Drop Down Menu
    - System Preferences
    - click on Keyboard
    - Keyboard tab
    - check the box "Show Keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar"

    - Now go to the menu bar
    - Click on the Keyboard icon
    - choose "Show Emoji & Symbols"
    - In the search field type "Fra"...and you should see some fractions.
    - Double-click on the fraction(s) you need & they should show up in the Pages document.

    Hopefully the fractions you need are there.

    HTH,

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    Nick,That works a treat. Many thanks

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    Very nice solution, Nick.

    One could also go into System Preferences > Keyboard >Text, and add a rule - replace 1/2 with .

    This also applies to any other fractions you want, eg, 3/4

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    Awesome glad it worded.

    Also thanks for the 2nd solution Ian...there usually is more than one way to get things done. The solution you mentioned seems more permanent.

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    Ian's solution is very handy, because not only is it permanent; it also transfers itself to your other Apple devices, so once you have set up your keyboard shortcut on your Mac, it's also available on your iPhone.

    I keep all sorts of junk in k/b shortcuts, such as sharp, flat and natural for music posts accessed by adding a forward slash to the word.

    There is a further method for adding characters directly by using Unicode Hex Input as a keyboard entry method. Once added, you can type any character by selecting "Unicode Hex Input", holding down the "option" key and typing the 4 digit hex string for the required character. Example, to type 1/3 use $2153: ⅓
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    Here are some screen shots to achieve what I attempted to describe above.

    First, head to System Preferences/Keyboard and add Unicode Hex Input

    Screen-Shot-2019-05-13-at-9-47-07-AM.png

    Then select the entry method from the menu bar

    Screen-Shot-2019-05-13-at-9-47-42-AM.png

    Use this table to find the hex codes

    Screen-Shot-2019-05-13-at-9-45-40-AM.png

    Note that as you type the digits, you will not see any result on screen. The character will appear as the last digit is typed.
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    Thanks Kevin. The setup is a bit different with 10.14.5 (Mojave) but the result is the same. By the way, where is a good place to find or copy the hex codes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Thanks Kevin. The setup is a bit different with 10.14.5 (Mojave) but the result is the same. By the way, where is a good place to find or copy the hex codes?
    This one is as good as any:

    Unicode Lookup: convert special characters

    BTW, when there are less than 4 digits in the hex string you need to pad the string with leading zeros, so would be $00BC. Don't type the dollar sign. It simply signifies hexadecimal to those who care about such stuff.
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    Great, got it bookmarked. Thanks.

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