Many character sets provide single special characters for fractions like 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc. Can these be typed on an iPad?

I have found GlyphBoard that lets you paste them in but it dates back to 2009 and I wondered if native support may have been added in the interim.

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    I have often wished for an IOS equivalent of "Unicode Hex Input"
    – WGroleau
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 4:13

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The built-in iOS keyboard does not support this, but you can add a shortcut from Settings > General > Keyboard. This way you only have to copy/paste once.

  • A good trick, but he probably has to prepare 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5.... and maybe some 2/3, 2/5
    – revolver
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 13:48
  • True, but only once! And here are some more, for reference: ¼½¾⅓⅔⅕⅖⅗⅘⅙⅚⅛⅜⅝⅞
    – jtbandes
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 13:48
  • I feel his pain
    – revolver
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 13:49
  • That's a clever way to do it if you use fractions often. Thankfully I don't and was wondering more out of curiosity. Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 18:52

There are apps which mimic the Mac Character viewer, which I use for once-in-a-while symbols that aren't on the keyboard.


i put these all into one keyboard shortcut. It's Easier to backout what's not needed than to make many small shortcuts or do it manually each time. Not a perfect solutions but …

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