Format Fractions in Adobe InDesign CS6
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To begin, you should open InDesign, which you may be able to do by clicking a desktop shortcut. If InDesign is not on your desktop, click the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Clicking the Windows icon once reveals a list of your recently used programs. You may find InDesign here. It has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID".
If you still can't find it, click in your search bar at the bottom of the menu and begin typing "Adobe InDesign".
Locate the icon and click it to open the program. Once you have clicked the name of the program, it will begin to load and will take you to your workspace. A dialogue box will appear every time you open InDesign. You can use this box to open recent items or create new items.
If you do not wish to see this dialogue when InDesign loads, you can place a check in the box next to "Don't show again". This box appears in the lower-left corner of the window.
You can create a new document by clicking "File" in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Then select "New" from the drop-down menu.
In the expanded menu, click "Document". A new window will appear for you to specify particular settings for your new document. For more information on these settings, please view our other Adobe InDesign tutorials.
For now, we will just click "OK" to create the new document.
Now that your document is open, click "Text Tool" in the vertical toolbar on the left-hand side of the window.
Create a text box by clicking and dragging the area with your mouse.
We'll add a small amount of text in the text box for this tutorial. If you need help adding and editing text, please view our other Adobe InDesign tutorials.
Now that the text is entered and highlighted, you can click "Type" from the horizontal menu at the top of the window.
In the drop-down menu, move the cursor to "Font". Then, in the expanded menu, you will notice that some of the fonts have an "O" icon on their left side, which means that these are OpenType fonts. If you want to format fractions, you need to use an open-type font.
Next, highlight the font or fraction that you want and click the "Type" drop-down menu at the top of your screen.
In the drop down menu, click "Character". You can also press the "Ctrl"+"T" shortcut on the keyboard.
A small dialogue box will appear that you can click and drag to move. You can also place it into your panel menu on the right side of the window by clicking and dragging the box there.
The top two boxes are for font styles, which you can change by clicking the drop-down menus. In the upper-right corner of the dialogue box, click the small icon to open a menu.
In the menu that appears, move the cursor to "OpenType".
Next, in the expanded menu, check "Fractions". After clicking "Fractions", you can see on your screen that the style of the highlighted fraction has changed. Formatting fractions in this way works for most fractions. There may be some that are not formatted correctly.
If a fraction is not formatted correctly, you can click the text and change the numbers once the formatting has been updated. For this reason, you may want to begin with creating fractions like 1/2 or 1/4 and then click and adjust the numbers as needed.
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