Setting Denominator Depth Spacing in the Equation Editor

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 4, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


When using the Equation Editor, you can control the spacing that the Equation Editor establishes between a division line and the denominator (the part of the equation below the division line). This spacing is defined as the distance between the division line and the baseline for the denominator. You enter the spacing as a percentage of the normal spacing between these baselines. Thus, if you enter a value of 75%, the spacing is decreased by 25 percent from the normal spacing. You set this adjustment value as follows:

  1. Choose Spacing from the Format menu. The Equation Editor displays the Spacing dialog box.
  2. Click on the Denominator depth (you will need to scroll down some in the list of spacing settings). The Equation Editor changes the Spacing dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Spacing dialog box.

  4. Enter a denominator depth as a percentage of normal.
  5. Click on OK.

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