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How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

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How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Subscript or Superscript is a number, symbol, figure, character, or an indicator that is smaller than the usual (normal) font. It is typically used for footnotes, endnotes, and mathematical or scientific formulas.

Insert a subscript

There are the following steps to create a subscript in Word document –

Step 1: Open the Word document.

Step 2: Enter the text that you want to insert.

Step 3: Place cursor in the document where you want to create a subscript.

Step 4: Go to the Home tab on the Ribbon and click on the subscript X2 icon in the Font group.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Step 5: A blinked cursor will appear on the screen, as shown in the below screenshot.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

The below screenshot shows that subscript is inserted in the Word document.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Insert a Superscript

If you want to insert a superscript in the Word document, follow the below-mentioned steps –

Step 1: Open the Word document.

Step 2: Place cursor in the document where you want to insert a superscript.

Step 3: Go to the Home tab on the Ribbon and click on the Superscript (X2) icon in the Font group.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Note: You can also press Ctrl + Shift + equal keys from the keyboard to enable the superscript box.

Step 4: A small sized cursor is blinked on the selected area, as shown in the below screenshot. Insert the text that you want to add in the superscript.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

The screenshot below shows that Superscript is added to the Word document.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Insert subscript and superscript from the font dialog box

Step 1: Open the Word document.

Step 2: Select the text where you want to insert subscript and superscript.

Step 3: Go to the Home tab on the Ribbon and click Font Dialog Box Launcher in the Font section.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Step 4: A font dialog box will appear on the screen in which click either Superscript or Subscript checkbox that you want to insert and click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Once you did all the above-mentioned steps, you can see that Superscript or Subscript is inserted in the Word document.

Insert a subscript and superscript symbol

Follow the below-mentioned steps to insert a subscript and superscript symbol –

Step 1: Open the Word document.

Step 2: Go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon and click on the Symbol option in the Symbols group.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Step 3: A Symbols dialog box will appear on the screen in click on the More Symbols button.

Step 4: The following dialog box will appear on the screen in which go to Subset option and click on the Superscripts and Subscripts from the drop-down menu. Click on the Insert button at the bottom of the screen.

How to insert Subscript and Superscript in Word

Remove subscript or superscript from Word document

To remove subscript or superscript for Word document, press Ctrl + Space key from your keyboard.

OR

Go to the Home tab on the Ribbon and click on the subscript or superscript box in the font group.

Difference between subscript and superscript

Although subscript and superscript are similar, but there are also major differences in it.

The below table shows the difference between the subscript and superscript –

Subscript Superscript
Subscript is the text or number which is placed below the main line of text or number. Superscript is the text or number which is placed above the main line of text or number.
It is generally used to write the chemical compounds. It is generally used to write exponents in the mathematical equations.
Example: N2 Example: 25

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