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    Fractions & denominators (XL2K SR1)

    I know how to enter fractions in Excel (0 then space then the fraction such as 5/16) and they will display as fractions and arithmetic operations can occur on them. My question is how can I keep the denominator what I want? If I enter 0 5/15, Excel will reduce that to 1/3. Is there any way to keep the denominator? TIA.

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    Re: Fractions & denominators (XL2K SR1)

    You can force a denominator by using a custom format. For example, if you want to display fractions with denominator 15, you can use the custom format

    # ?/15

    But this will round ALL numbers to the nearest fraction with denominator 15. If you want to enter fractions and leave them as entered, I don't think Excel has a number format for that.

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    Re: Fractions & denominators (XL2K SR1)

    Hi Dennis,

    If you input a single quote before the number, Excel will retain your formatting, because the data are held as text. This can make it a bit tricky to evaluate the data numerically, but there are ways around it. For example =SUM(VALUE(A1:A1)) entered as an array formula (ie Ctrl-Shift-Enter) will sum a range that includes such data.

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