How to use Superscript and Subscript in Microsoft Word

AUTHOR:  JASON MORRELL 

Jason Morrell

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In this post you'll discover the power of the SUPERSCRIPT and SUBSCRIPT tools and how they can add that finishing touch to your document.

1.  What is Superscript and where would you use it?

Superscripted text is smaller than the text around it and is raised above the baseline. For example:

  • 16th September
  • 360o
  • 42

2. What is Subscript and where would you use it?

Subscripted text is text that is smaller than the text around it and sits below the baseline. For example:

  • H2O
  • CO2

3. How to apply Superscript or Subscript to your text

First select the text then use one of these 3 methods..

Method 1: Use the ribbon icons

1.  Select the Home tab.

2.  Click the Superscript or Subscript icons in the Font group.

Superscript and subscript icons

Method 2: Use font effects

1.  Select the Home tab.

2.  Click the launcher icon in the bottom-right corner of the Font group.

The launcher

The Font dialog box is displayed. The Text Effects occupy the lower half of the box. Superscript and Subscript are two of the options.

Method 3: Use a shortcut key

The keyboard shortcut to superscript text is Ctrl Shift +

The keyboard shortcut to subscript text is Ctrl +

4. What Next?

Here are some other advanced text effects you may be interested in.

Please feel free to post any questions you have into the comments below. And before you leave this page, I want to give you one quick little action item! 

ACTION ITEM: Comment below with ONE thing you picked up from this post and share how it has helped, or will help, you. It's good to share your successes because it encourages others and provides an instant boost.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Jason Morrell


Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!

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