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Solution 12071: Troubleshooting a TI-89 Family, TI-92 Plus, or Voyage 200™ that Only Display Results in Fractional Format.

How can I get my answer to be a decimal number instead of a fraction on a TI-89 Family, TI-92 Plus, or Voyage 200 graphing calculator?

If the TI-89 Family, TI-92 Plus, or Voyage 200 will only display results in fractional form, the mode settings will need to be changed to Approximate, in order to receive answers in decimal form.

For a temporary solution, to get the answer in decimal form press [Green Diamond][ENTER] and the decimal result will be displayed.

To permanently change the calculator mode to display only decimal results, follow the steps provided below to change the calculator mode to Approximate:

1) Press [MODE] to enter the mode menu. 
2) Press [F2] to go to page 2.
3) Scroll down to Exact/Approx..and set the mode to Approximate.
4) Press [ENTER] to select the new mode.
5) Press [ENTER] to save the new mode setting.
6) Attempt the calculation and the result should display in decimal form.

For more information regarding the different calculator modes see the link below:

Different Modes and their Meaning on the TI-89 Family, TI-92 Plus and Voyage™ 200.

Please also see the TI-89 family, TI-92 family and Voyage 200 guidebooks for additional information.

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