How to add a superscript or subscript in Google Docs explained

If you create or edit documents for work or study, you probably occasionally have to add superscripts and subscripts to your work in Google Docs. These terms refer to characters that are relatively smaller than standard text. The difference is how they are positioned in relation to the front line.

A superscript is slightly above the main line of text and is usually used to indicate subscripts or page notes, as well as copyright and trademark symbols. Subscripts are less common, but like superscripts, they can be used in science and mathematics, especially when formatting equations.

There are several methods available to you, no matter why you want to add a superscript or a subscript. Use the one you think is easiest (or easiest to remember).

In this article, we are going to tell you how to add superscript or subscript in Google Docs.

How to add a superscript or subscript in Google Docs from the Format menu

If you want to insert a superscript or subscript in Google Docs from the Format menu, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open your document in Google docs;
  • Then, enter the text you want to turn into a superscript or subscript;
  • Highlight the part of the text you want to change;
  • After that, open the “Format” menu;
  • Select “Text” in the drop-down menu, and then click either “Superscript” or “Subscript”.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you might see the text is appearing in the document correctly formatted.

How to add a superscript or subscript in Google Docs using keyboard shortcuts

If you want to format selected text as a superscript or subscript with a quick keyboard shortcut as well, you can try to use the following combinations for different operations systems.

For Windows:

  • Superscript. Press Ctrl + “.” (the period key);
  • Subscript. Press Ctrl + “,” (the comma key).

For Mac: 

  • Superscript. Press Command + “.” (the period key);
  • Subscript. Press Command + “,” (the comma key).

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