# Why can I not reduce fractions in Excel?

## Why can I not reduce fractions in Excel?

- Select the cell you want to format.
- Choose Format | Cells. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
- Make sure the Number tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
- In the Category list, choose Custom.
- Change the contents of the Type box to “#??/28” (again without the quotes).
- Click on OK.

## How do I format fractions in Excel?

Display numbers as fractions

- Select the cells that you want to format.
- On the Home tab, click the Dialog Box Launcher next to Number.
- In the Category list, click Fraction.
- In the Type list, click the fraction format type that you want to use.

**How do I turn a fraction into a whole number in Excel?**

Convert fraction to decimal in Excel

- Select the fraction numbers you will convert, right click and select Format Cells from the context menu.
- In the Format Cells dialog box, please click to highlight General in the Category list box on the Number tab, and click the OK button.

### How do you reduce fractions into the lowest term?

To reduce a fraction to lowest terms, divide the numerator and denominator by their Greatest Common Factor (GCF). This is also called simplifying the fraction.

### How do you reduce fractions to lowest terms?

To reduce a fraction to its lowest terms, divide the numerator and denominator by the greatest common factor.

**How do you stop Excel from changing fractions to decimals?**

Follow these steps:

- Select the column that will contain the fractional data.
- Right-click the selection.
- Select Format Cells.
- In the Number tab, under Category, select Fraction.
- Under Type, select Up To Two Digits (21/25), then click OK.

## How do you round to the nearest 5 in Excel?

Round to nearest 5

- To round a number down to nearest 5: =FLOOR(A2, 5)
- To round a number up to nearest 5: =CEILING(A2, 5)
- To round a number up or down to nearest 5: =MROUND(A2, 5)

## How do you write a fraction in Excel without it turning into a date?

Prevent Excel from turning fractions into dates

- Select the column that will contain the fractional data.
- Right-click the selection.
- Select Format Cells.
- In the Number tab, under Category, select Fraction.
- Under Type, select Up To Two Digits (21/25), then click OK.

**How do I stop excel from auto formatting?**

To tell Excel to stop applying this particular type of formatting to your workbook, click Stop….Set all automatic formatting options at once

- Click File > Options.
- In the Excel Options box, click Proofing > AutoCorrect Options.
- On the AutoFormat As You Type tab, check the boxes for the auto formatting you want to use.

### Why does excel change my fractions to dates?

“Microsoft Excel is preprogrammed to make it easier to enter dates. For example, 12/2 changes to 2-Dec. This is very frustrating when you enter something that you don’t want to be changed to a date. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn this off.