People use superscripts and subscripts in documents for citation purposes. The good example is your bank and credit card applications where you can find lot of * symbols. And at the end of the document you can see the meaning of * like ‘T & C applies’. Here are some other examples of using superscript and subscript.

  • Entering temperatures with degree symbol like 49⁰ F or 25⁰ C.
  • Indicating degrees in mathematical expressions like 45⁰ angle.
  • Typing mathematical formulas like (a+b)²=a² + b² + 2ab.
  • Power of 2 or 3 like 10² and 2³.
  • Quick note on top or bottom of the word like Tip⁽tips⁾ or Tip₍tips₎.
  • General citation and references like Citationⁱ or Quote₊.

Alt Code Shortcuts for Superscript and Subscript

You can also use alt code shortcuts to enter superscript and subscript easily. We have large collection of alt code shortcuts for Windows and Mac. And here is a list of shortcuts for superscript and subscript symbols.

Symbol Description Decimal Code Hex Code
Superscript zero Alt + 8304 2070
Superscript information Alt + 8305 2071
² Superscript two Alt + 178 00B2
³ Superscript three Alt + 179 00B3
Superscript four Alt + 8308 2074
Superscript five Alt + 8309 2075
Superscript six Alt + 8310 2076
Superscript seven Alt + 8311 2077
Superscript eight Alt + 8312 2078
Superscript nine Alt + 8313 2079
Superscript plus Alt + 8314 207A
Superscript minus Alt + 8315 207B
Superscript equal Alt + 8316 207C
Superscript left parenthesis Alt + 8317 207D
Superscript right parenthesis Alt + 8318 207E
Superscript small letter n Alt + 8319 207F
Subscript zero Alt + 8320 2080
Subscript one Alt + 8321 2081
Subscript two Alt + 8322 2082
Subscript three Alt + 8323 2083
Subscript four Alt + 8324 2084
Subscript five Alt + 8325 2085
Subscript six Alt + 8326 2086
Subscripts even Alt + 8327 2087
Subscript eight Alt + 8328 2088
Subscript nine Alt + 8329 2089
Subscript plus Alt + 8330 208A
Subscript minus Alt + 8331 208B
Subscript equal Alt + 8332 208C
Subscript left parenthesis Alt + 8333 208D
Subscript right parenthesis Alt + 8334 208E
Subscript small letter a Alt + 8336 2090
Subscript small letter e Alt + 8337 2091
Subscript small letter o Alt + 8338 2092
Subscript small letter x Alt + 8339 2093
Subscript latin small letter schwa Alt + 8340 2094
Subscript small letter h Alt + 8341 2095
Subscript small letter k Alt + 8342 2096
Subscript small letter l Alt + 8343 2097
Subscript small letter m Alt + 8344 2098
Subscript small letter n Alt + 8345 2099
Subscript small letter p Alt + 8346 209A
Subscript small letter s Alt + 8347 209B
Subscript small letter t Alt + 8348 209C
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Using in Windows Documents

  • You need to hold one of the alt codes on your keyboard and then enter the decimal numbers from the numeric pad. For example, alt + 8308 will make superscript ⁴.
  • On Microsoft Word documents, enter the hexadecimal code as in the above table, then press alt and x keys together. That will convert the code into a superscript or subscript. For example, 00B2 Alt + X will make superscript two like ².

If keyboard shortcuts are not working, then there is an alternate way for you. Open Character Map app using Windows search and group by “Unicode subrange”. With this selection, click on “Superscript/Subscript” range to find all relevant symbols.

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Typing Superscript and Subscript in Mac

  • On Mac, change the input method to Unicode Hex Input. Hold one of the option keys and type the hexadecimal code in the above table. For example, option + 208C will make subscript equal to symbol like ₌.
  • In addition to keyboard shortcuts, you can use Character Viewer app. Go to “Edit > Emoji & Symbols” menu in any app. Search for “superscript” or “subscript” in the search box and insert them wherever you need.