4 Ways to Set Text or Number as Superscript or Subscript in Your Word Document

This article is going to show you 4 ways to get superscript or subscript text or numbers in your Word document.

Now and then, when working on a Word document, you are very likely to type some formulas, exponents, or footnote indicators. And most of time, these numbers and letters are of a smaller size of the usual font. We call them superscripts and subscripts.

As a matter of fact, the content below is to demonstrate you 4 different tips to create them.

Method 1: Use “Font” Option

  1. First, select the text or number you want to change into a superscript or a subscript. For instance, in the sample below, we should select the “2”.                                                                                                                             Select "2"
  2. Then right click.
  3. Next choose “Font” on the drop-down menu.Right Click -> Choose "Font"
  4. Now the “Font” dialog box pops up. Check the “Subscript” box.
  5. Remember to click “OK”.Check "Subscript" box -> Click "OK"

Now you shall be able to see the effect as below:Number "2" has turned into a subscript.

Method 2: Use Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Still select the number or text.
  2. If you want to achieve the above subscript effect, press keyboard shortcuts

“Ctrl + =”.

  1. And you can have a superscript by pressing “Ctrl+ Shift + =” to get one as below:A Superscript Number
  2. If there are “Superscript” and “Subscript” icons in “Font” group on the Ribbon, you can accomplish the task simply through clicking them.Select the Number 2 -> Click "Subscript" Icon

Method 3: Insert a Superscript or Subscript

Just to let you know first, this way only works when inserting certain kind of superscripts and subscripts available in the system.

For example, if you want to insert an exponent like below:Insert an Exponent

You can take the following steps:

  1. Place your cursor at position where the superscript or subscript needs to go.
  2. Click “Insert”.
  3. Then click “Symbols”.
  4. Next choose “More Symbols”.Click "Insert" -> Click "Symbol" -> Click "More Symbols"
  5. In the “Symbol” dialog box, choose “Superscripts and Subscripts” for “Subset” list box.
  6. Go to choose either a superscript or a subscript. Here in this case, we choose “n”.
  7. Click “Insert”.Choose "Superscripts and Subscripts" for "Subject" -> Choose One You Need -> Click "Insert'

Method 4: Use “Find and Replace” Option

At times, a document could require you to type several same superscripts or subscripts. At first, you can type text in usual form, such as the following one:A Document Requiring Several Same Superscripts

Merely by formatting them one by one is obviously not satisfying enough. It is therefore we will introduce you the way to format superscripts or subscripts in batch with the help of “Find and Replace” option.

  1. Use any one of the above methods to properly format one superscript first.
  2. Next thing, select the correct format.
  3. Right click.
  4. Choose “Copy”.Right Click the Proper Format -> Choose "Copy"
  5. Press keyboard shortcuts “Ctrl+ H” to open the “Find and Replace” dialog box.
  6. Then type the text to be replaced in “Find what” text box.
  7. And type “^c” in “Replace with” text box.
  8. Finally, click “Replace All”.Type Original Text in "Find what" Text Box -> Type "^c" in "Replace with" text Box -> Click "Replace All"

Now you will get the following result:All superscripts have been set.

Comparison of the 4 Methods

Methods Similarity Advantages Disadvantages



Use “Font” Option

All 4 ways enable you to set text or number as superscript or subscript in your word document.





When there is a certain kind of superscripts or subscripts in batch, you can format them all with this method only until you finishing selecting them one by one.



Use Keyboards Shortcuts



Most convenient method to input subscript or superscript manually, if you remember the shortcuts.

1. You have to remember the keyboard shortcuts.

2.         When there is a certain kind of superscripts or subscripts in batch, you can format them all with this method only until you finishing selecting them one by one.



Insert a Superscript or Subscript


You can directly insert some superscripts or subscripts without typing.

1.         You can only insert certain superscripts or subscripts.

2.         You have to repeat inserting the same kind of superscripts or subscripts.


Use “Find and Replace” Option

It’s able to set text or number as superscript or subscript in batch. You have to properly set one sample superscript or subscript first.


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