Although superscripts and subscripts are rarely used outside of academic writing, most word-processing programs allow you to format these characters. Microsoft Word and Libre Office Writer include toolbar buttons that are simple to use. If you use Google Documents (ideally on one of the finest Chromebooks), you’ll have to do more clicking or learn a few keyboard shortcuts to accomplish the same thing.
Subscript or Superscript in Google Docs
A subscript is a quantity that is printed below the standard line of text (and usually in a reduced point size), such as the I in i. Several terms in your document will require smaller letters at the top (superscript) or bottom (subscript) of the line of text.
This is especially prevalent with mathematical writing, chemical formulas, or even dates. You may use keyboard keys to make text appear slightly above (superscript) or below (subscript) your ordinary text. Choose the desired text or number.
The Easy Way to Do Superscript in Google Docs
- In Google Docs, enter the text that you wish to convert to superscript or subscript.
- Choose the text you wish to use in one of these forms, then Choose the format options.
- There will be a drop-down menu. Choose “Text” and then either “superscript” or “subscript” depending on your needs.
- The relevant text can be seen formatted in superscript or subscript.
The Easy Way to Add Subscript in Google Docs
When opening Google Documents in your browser, import or open the file containing the text to superscript.
- On Google Documents, highlight the text that you want to superscript.
- When you’ve highlighted it with your mouse, move your cursor to the “Format” tab on the toolbar located at the top of the window.
- Access the “Text” area in the drop-down menu and then select the “Superscript” option from the next menu that opens.
- After highlighting the text, press the shortcut key “Ctrl +” to conduct an effective superscript in Google Documents.
How to do Subscript in Google Docs on Mobile
The procedure is slightly different if you use Google Documents on your smartphone.
- Start the Google Documents app on your phone and open the file.
- Press the Pencil symbol in the bottom right corner to enter edit mode.
- Highlight the words or text you wish to format as superscript or subscript and then click the format button in the top toolbar.
- Select the superscript and subscript icons from the Format menu to format the text.
How to Subscript or Superscript Using Special Characters
Moreover, Google Docs allows you to input special characters. This feature is useful for, among other things, adding a trademark or copyright emblem.
- To do so, choose the text to be converted to superscript.
- Choose Format from the menu.
- Choose Text, followed by Superscript.
- When you choose it, the highlighted text will be converted to superscript.
- Choose Insert from the menu, followed by Special characters.
- Enter “subscript” in the search box of the special characters window.
- A list of subscript characters will be displayed. When you choose one of the options, it will insert the
- Subscript the character in the text where you have your cursor.
How to Remove a Superscript or a Subscript
Simply repeat the methods you used to add the superscript or subscript in the first place to remove either style of formatting from your text. This will remove the formatting and restore your content to its original state.
What is the Purpose of Superscript in Docs?
Superscript is frequently used in English to include references (for footnotes), copyright or trademark marks, and equations for scientific and mathematical publications. Subscript is typically used for chemical substances.
What Exactly is Superscript style?
For in-text citations, use superscript or bracketed numerals. The same number is used throughout the work to refer to the same source. The entire bibliographic information for each source is provided in a reference list after the paper. This list is organized chronologically rather than alphabetically.
The best way to add Superscripts or Subscripts to Google Forms
You can't add superscripts or subscripts to a Google Docs form or survey from within the form. Alternatively, copy the question and paste it into the form from a document where you have already structured the superscript or subscript.