Setting Gap Spacing in the Equation Editor

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 26, 2019)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


The Equation Editor allows you to specify the minimum spacing between the numerator and denominator of an equation and the division bar used between them. In Equation Editor terminology, this spacing is called the gap. You specify the gap spacing as a percentage of the normal character height. You can set this value as follows:

  1. Choose Spacing from the Format menu. The Equation Editor displays the Spacing dialog box.
  2. Click on the Minimum Gap box (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 value representing the percentage of font size that is the minimum acceptable spacing.
  5. Click on OK.

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