Apply superscript format

Excel doesn’t have a direct keyboard shortcut for superscript, but you can format text characters in the Format Cells dialog box—and Excel has a keyboard shortcut to open it.

Format text values as superscript

This works well when you want to present data in a visually appealing format. To format numeric values or formulas for a mathematical, chemical, or other type of technical expression, use the equation symbols and templates.

  1. Select characters in a cell or cell range that you’d like to format.

  2. Press CTRL+1 and under Effects, check the Superscript box, and click OK.

Tip:  If you want to subscript the characters, like in H20, select Subscript instead.

Format dialog box with superscript selected.

Apply superscript or subscript to a numeric value

When you want to present a formula or an equation for numeric values:

  1. Click Insert > Equation > Design.

  2. Click Script and select the format you want.

Superscript button on equation tool bar

  1. Click the squares and type the values.

Typing in the superscript format box

Tip:  The equation box isn’t anchored to a cell and you can move, resize or rotate it using the handles.

Also check out formatting options for equations and formulas with the equation tools.

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