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How to Make Text Superscript and Subscript in PowerPoint [3 Easy Ways]

November 1, 2023 889 views

In this guide, we address the common frustration of locating superscript and subscript text formatting options in PowerPoint when time is of the essence. We present three straightforward methods to ensure easy access to these essential tools, simplifying text formatting and alleviating the stress of hunting for those elusive buttons during crucial moments in your presentations.

Part1 Understanding Superscript and Subscript

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Ways to insert Subscript and Superscript.


Superscript and subscript are two types of text formatting that allow you to raise or lower text relative to the baseline. This can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Denoting mathematical symbols and equations

For example, the equation E=mc^2 uses superscript to indicate that the speed of light, c, is squared.

  • Indicating chemical compounds and isotopes: 

For example, the chemical formula for water is H2O, with the 2-subscript indicating that there are two hydrogen atoms per water molecule.

  • Citing sources

For example, a footnote might use superscript to indicate the number of the source being cited.

  • Highlighting key terms or concepts

For example, you might use superscript to highlight a new term that you're introducing in your text.

Here are some real-world examples of superscript and subscript:

  • Mathematical equation: E=mc^2

  • Chemical compound: H2O

  • Citation: 1

  • Key term: 21st century

Method 1: Using keyboard shortcuts

Windows:

Step 1: Select the text you want to superscript or subscript.

Step 2: Press Ctrl+Shift++ for superscript or Ctrl+= for subscript.

Mac:

Step 1: Select the text you want to superscript or subscript.

Step 2: Press Command+Shift++ for superscript or Command+= for subscript.

Example:

To superscript the number 2 in the equation E=mc^2, you would:

Step 1: Select the number 2.

Step 2: Press Ctrl+Shift++ (Windows) or Command+Shift++ (Mac).

The number 2 would then appear above the baseline, as follows:

Ways to insert Subscript and Superscript.

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Method 2: Using the Home tab

Step 1: Select the text you want to superscript or subscript.

Step 2: Click the Home tab.

Step 3: In the Font group, click the Superscript or Subscript button.

Select Superscript or Subscript.

Select Superscript or Subscript.

Example:

To superscript the number 2 in the equation E=mc^2, you would:

Step 1: Select the number 2.

Step 2: Click the Home tab.

Step 3: In the Font group, click the Superscript button.

The number 2 would then appear above the baseline, as follows:

E=mc2

Method 3: Using the Quick Access Toolbar

You can add the Superscript and Subscript buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar for easy access. To do this:

Step 1: Right-click on the Quick Access Toolbar and select Customize Quick Access Toolbar.

select Customize Quick Access Toolbar.

select Customize Quick Access Toolbar.

Step 2: In the Customize Quick Access Toolbar dialog box, scroll down to the All-Commands section and find the Superscript and Subscript commands.

 find the Superscript and Subscript commands.

find the Superscript and Subscript commands.

Step 3: Click the Add button to add each command to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Step 4: Click OK to save your changes.

Once you've added the Superscript and Subscript buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar, you can use them to superscript or subscript text by simply selecting the text and clicking the appropriate button.

Comparing different methods

All three methods of superscripting and subscripting text are effective, but the keyboard shortcuts are the fastest and most convenient. If you use superscript and subscript text frequently, it's worth memorizing the keyboard shortcuts.

Changing the size of superscript and subscript

By default, superscript and subscript text is smaller than regular text. However, you can change the size of superscript and subscript text using the following steps:

Step 1: Select the superscript or subscript text.

Step 2: Right-click and select Font.

Select Font.

Select Font.

Step 3: In the Font dialog box, click the Font Size drop-down list and select the desired size.

Step 4: Click OK to save your changes.

Superscript and subscript are two useful text formatting features that can be used for a variety of purposes. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily superscript or subscript text in PowerPoint using any of the three methods described.

Part2 Using WPS Office to Superscript and Subscript

 WPS Office logo.

WPS Office logo.

WPS Office is a free and open-source office suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office. It includes three main components: WPS Writer (word processing), WPS Spreadsheet (spreadsheets), and WPS Presentation (presentations).

WPS Office offers a number of features and benefits, including:

  • Compatibility with Microsoft Office: WPS Office files can be opened and edited in Microsoft Office, and vice versa. This makes it easy to collaborate with others who use Microsoft Office.

  • Free and open-source: WPS Office is free to use and download, and its source code is open source. This means that the software is constantly being improved by a community of developers.

  • Lightweight and fast: WPS Office is a lightweight and fast office suite. It loads quickly and runs smoothly on even older computers.

  • Wide range of features: WPS Office offers a wide range of features that are comparable to Microsoft Office. For example, WPS Writer includes all of the features that you need to create professional-looking documents, including mail merge, tables, and charts.

To Make Text Superscript and Subscript in WPS Office PPT:

You can use any of the three methods described above to superscript or subscript text in WPS Office PPT. However, the keyboard shortcuts are the fastest and most convenient.

Using keyboard shortcuts

Windows:

Step 1: Select the text you want to superscript or subscript.

Step 2: Press Ctrl+Shift++ for superscript or Ctrl+= for subscript.

Mac:

Step 1: Select the text you want to superscript or subscript.

Step 2: Press Command+Shift++ for superscript or Command+= for subscript.

Example: To superscript the number 2 in the equation E=mc^2, you would:

Step 1: Select the number 2.

Step 2: Press Ctrl+Shift++ (Windows) or Command+Shift++ (Mac).

The number 2 would then appear above the baseline, as follows:

E=mc^2

You can also use the Home tab or the Quick Access Toolbar to superscript or subscript text in WPS Office PPT. The steps are the same as those described above for Microsoft PowerPoint.

Real-world example

A real-world example of superscript and subscript in a presentation would be to use it to indicate chemical formulas. For example, you might have a presentation on the chemistry of water, and you would want to use superscript to indicate the chemical formula for water, which is H2O.

  • To do this, you would simply select the number 2 and press Ctrl+Shift++ (Windows) or Command+Shift++ (Mac). The number 2 would then appear above the baseline, indicating that it is a subscript.

  • You can use superscript and subscript in WPS Office PPT to highlight any important information in your presentation. This can make your presentation more visually appealing and easier to understand for your audience.


Sure, here is a more casual version of the instructions for downloading WPS Office:

How to get WPS Office

Step 1: Go to the WPS Office website: wps.com: https://www.wps.com/

 WPS Office website.

WPS Office website.

Step 2: Click the big green Free Download button

 Free Download button.

Free Download button.

Step 3: Choose the platform you want WPS Office for (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS)

Step 4: Click the Download button.

Step 5: Once the download is done, open the installer and follow the on-screen prompts

Here are a few more tips:

  • If you're downloading WPS Office for Windows, make sure your computer meets the system requirements. You can find those on the WPS Office website.

  • If you're downloading WPS Office for Mac, make sure you're running macOS 10.10 or later.

  • If you're downloading WPS Office for Linux, make sure you have a 64-bit Linux distribution.

  • You can also download WPS Office from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS).

Once you have WPS Office installed, you can start using it to create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It's a great free alternative to Microsoft Office!

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FAQs

  1. Can I use superscript and subscript in PowerPoint Online?

Yes, you can use superscript and subscript in PowerPoint Online.

  • Using Toolbar:

  • Select text.

  • Click 'x²' for superscript or 'x₂' for subscript.

  • Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Superscript: Ctrl + Shift + + (Windows) or Command + Shift + + (Mac).

  • Subscript: Ctrl + = (Windows) or Command + = (Mac).

PowerPoint Online offers these basic text formatting options directly in your web browser.

  1. How can I remove superscript or subscript formatting?

To remove superscript or subscript:

  • Using Toolbar:

  • Select text.

  • Click 'x²' or 'x₂' to toggle formatting.

  • Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Select text.

  • Press the same shortcut used for formatting.

This will revert the text to regular formatting.

  1. Is there a shortcut to toggle between superscript and subscript?

No, PowerPoint does not have a built-in shortcut to toggle between superscript and subscript. You'll need to reapply the formatting as needed.

  1. Can I use superscript and subscript in PowerPoint Online on a mobile device?

Yes, you can. The toolbar and keyboard shortcuts work similarly on mobile devices. However, the exact steps may vary depending on the device and platform.

  1. What is the maximum font size for superscript and subscript in PowerPoint?

The maximum font size for superscript and subscript may vary depending on the specific version of PowerPoint you're using. However, in most cases, it will be determined by the font size of the regular text.

Summary

This article offers three simple ways to apply superscript and subscript formatting in PowerPoint, making it easy to format text efficiently during presentations. It emphasizes the benefits of WPS Office, a free and compatible alternative to Microsoft Office. The guide also includes quick steps for downloading WPS Office and provides concise FAQs for using superscript and subscript effectively in PowerPoint.


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