Apply Superscript in Google Docs (Text, Numbers or Symbols)

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated September 22, 2020

Applies to: Google Docs® (Windows or Mac)

You can apply superscript to text, numbers or special characters in Google Docs using the menu or a keyboard shortcut. If you apply superscript, the selected letter, number or symbol will be raised slightly above the line of text and sized to a smaller size.

It’s common to use superscript for:

  • Symbols such as trademark or copyright symbols
  • Mathematical equations
  • Chemical formulas
  • Footnote characters or numbers

Recommended article: How to Create a Hanging Indent in Google Docs

Applying superscript using the Format menu

To apply superscript using the Format menu:

  1. In the Google Docs document, select the text character, number or symbol to which you want to apply superscript.
  2. Click Format in the menu.
  3. Select Text and then Superscript.

Below is the Format menu in Google Docs with Superscript:

Format menu in Google Docs for superscript.

To remove superscript:

  1. In the Google Docs document, select the text character, number or symbol with the superscript you want to remove.
  2. Click Format in the menu.
  3. Select Text and then Superscript.

Applying superscript using a keyboard shortcut

You can apply superscript using a keyboard shortcut.

For Windows users:

  1. In the Google Docs document, select the text character, number or symbol to which you want to apply superscript.
  2. Press Ctrl + period (.).

For Mac users:

  1. In the Google Docs document, select the text character, number or symbol to which you want to apply superscript.
  2. Press + period (.).

You can remove superscript, by selecting the text, character, number or symbol with the superscript you want to remove and then using the same keyboard shortcut.

If the keyboard shortcuts are not working, you may have a Chrome extension installed that is interfering with the shorrcuts.

Inserting specific characters in superscript

You can also insert specific characters in superscript:

  1. Click in the Google Docs document where you want to insert the character.
  2. Click Insert in the menu.
  3. Select Special characters. A character map will appear.
  4. In the Search box, enter Superscript. Available characters will apear on the left.
  5. Click the character you want to insert.
  6. Click Close (X) on the top right of the dialog box.

It may be easier to simply type the character and then apply the superscript format.

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