3 Ways To Superscript and Subscript in Google Docs

Emily Goorevich
Emily Goorevich  |  June 10, 2019

Most people will agree that it can be frustrating to work with numbers while using a word processor.

Luckily, it is simple to insert a superscript or subscript in Google Docs and there are multiple ways to go about it. Superscript, which looks likethis is when a certain word, letter, or symbol is displayed above the rest of the line. On the contrary, subscripts are viewed likethis and displays the text below the rest of the line.

In this particular guide, I will be covering three ways to do both superscript and subscript in Google Docs.

Superscript and subscript in Google Docs

Remember in math class you would hear your teacher say the “to the power of”? Well, superscripts, also known as exponents, are how you express the “power.”

Need a shortcut? I’ve provided one below:

If you’re more of a visual learner, follow this step-by-step guide with visuals:

Using the toolbar

This first, and most basic, approach to adding a superscript involves using the toolbar at the top of your document.

1. Highlight the part of your text to be superscripted

To start, highlight the text by dragging your cursor over the section of your document that needs to be superscripted.

how to superscript in Google Docs

2. Select “Format” on the toolbar

Next, go to the toolbar at the top of your page and click on the button labeled, “Format.”

superscript in google docs 

3. Select “Text” and choose “Superscript”

From there, a drop-down menu will appear on your screen. Find and click the button labeled “Text.”

Another pop-up menu will emerge. When it does, select the option for “Superscript.” Once you’ve completed those steps, you’ve successfully inserted a superscript!

superscript in Google Docs

  

how to superscript in Google Docs 

Using the special characters chart

If you are in need of a special character superscript, then this is the method for you. Here is how to access these characters through the special characters chart.

1. Place your cursor where you need to insert the character

Start by placing your cursor at the spot within your document where you would like to insert a superscripted special character.

2. Find and click, “Insert” then choose, “Special Characters”

Locate the toolbar at the top of the page and click on the button labeled, “Insert.” A drop-down menu will appear on your screen with a list of insert options. From that list, click the button labeled, “Special Characters.”

how to superscript in Google Docs

 

3. Type in “Superscript” and choose your special character

Once you choose, “Special Characters” a pop-up chart will appear on the page. In the search box, type “Superscript” to access all of the related characters. To use a chaacter, simply click on the icon and it will appear where your cursor is placed.

how to superscript in Google Docs
 

 how to superscript in Google Docs

The methods that I exemplified above are all applicable to subscript in Google Docs, except for a few minor changes.

To start, here is a subscript shortcut:

Now, here are two more methods for how to make a subscript in Google Docs:

Using the toolbar for subscript

This first way will follow the same process as inserting a subscript in Google Docs.

1. Highlight the text and click the “Format” button

To start, highlight the section of the text you need to subscript. From there, find and click the “Format” button located in the toolbar at the top of the page.

how to subscript in Google Docs

2. Choose, “Text” then select “Subscript”

Next, a drop-down menu will appear on your screen. From those menu options, choose “Text” and then click “Subscript.” After completing those steps, you’ve successfully inserted a subscript!

subscript in Google Docs

 

subscript in Google Docs 

Using the special characters chart for subscript

Similar to adding superscripts, there are situations where you may need to insert a subscript character that isn’t included in your keyboard. If this case applies to you, using the special characters chart is the appropriate method.

1. Place your cursor then click, “Insert” and “Special Characters”

To start, locate the part of your document where you would like to insert a subscripted special character. Place your cursor and then find the “Insert” button within the toolbar. Next, a drop-down menu will appear. Choose “Special Characters.”

subscript in Google Docs

 

2. Type in “Subscript” and choose a special character

After selecting, “Special Characters,” a pop-up chart will appear on your screen. Use the search box in the top left hand corner and type in “Subscript.” Once you’ve found a character that matches your needs, click on the icon. A subscript character will be inserted wherever your cursor is located.

subscript in Google Docs

 

how to subscript in Google Docs

Tip: Using Microsoft Word? Learn how to superscript and subscript in word, here!

Congrats! You’ve successfully added a superscript and subscript in Google Docs.

Whether you're working with formulas or are citing data, you will most likely need to insert a superscript or subscript. Google Docs makes it easy to do so by following a few simple steps.

Need to insert multiple subscripts or superscripts? Learn how to use, find, and replace in Google Docs.

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Emily Goorevich
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Emily Goorevich

Emily Goorevich is a content marketing intern at G2 Crowd. She is currently a senior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, studying Political Science and Strategic Communications. She is originally from Maryland and loves reading, listening to podcasts, and falafel.