Insert subscript or superscript text

Superscript and subscript refer to numbers that are positioned slightly higher or slightly lower than the text on the line. For example, a footnote or endnote number reference is an example of superscript (footnote1), and a scientific formula might use subscript text (H2O).

Examples of Subscript and Superscript formatting

Make text subscript or superscript

  1. Select the text that you want to format as subscript or superscript.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • On the Home tab, in the Font group, click Subscript. Or press CTRL+=.

      the subscript command in the font group

    • On the Home tab, in the Font group, click Superscript. Or press CTRL+SHIFT+=.

      the superscript command in the font group

    Note: Keyboard shortcuts do not work if you are using Word Online.

  3. To undo the formatting, click the Subscript or Superscript button again, or repeat the keyboard shortcut.

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