Ms Word shortcut for Subscript and Superscript

Subscript and superscript are integral part of any scientific manuscript. Many of the in equations in science, mathematics and engineering contains subscripts and superscript. Chemical reaction also requires subscript and superscripts.

Three different ways to write subscript and superscript in Ms Word.

  1. Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  2. Keyboard shortcut
  3. Math Auto-correct (Fastest way)

1) Using GUI for Subscript and Superscript in Word

This method is simple and intuitive. If you are new to Ms Word this is the shortcut that you are probably using.

  1. Select text that you want to make subscript
  2. Navigate to, Home -> Font
  3. Click on Subscript/Superscript

2) Keyboard Shortcut for Subscript and Superscript in Word

This method is just shortcut for the GUI method. Convert text in to subscript / superscript, just select text and press following keyboard shortcut

  1. Keyboard shortcut for Subscript : Press Control and = together (<Ctrl>+<=> )
  2. Keyboard shortcut for Superscript: Press Control & Shift & = together (<Ctrl>+<Shift>+<=> )

3) Math Auto-correct shortcut for Subscript and Superscript

Smart way to write subscript and superscript in Word

If you are writing lot of equations in word then this is the one you should use. This shortcut is similar to latex and saves lot of time. But one thing to note is that this method works only in equation editor of Word.

  1. Shortcut: Use _ for subscript and ^ for superscript
  2. Include text that you want to put as subscript or superscript after shortcut. Subscript or super script text contains spaces then enclose them in bracket
  3. Press space and your are done
Sr. NoUse thisFor thisUse ThisFor this
1Area_circle<sp>Area_{circle} r^2<sp>r^{2}
2A_(big circle)<sp> A_{big \ circle} H^(2 square)<sp> H^{i \ n}

In the above table, <sp> stands for space, pressing space bar is important and is required to tell Math auto-correct of Word to correct the formatting

Conclusion

If you are wring lot of equation, by using math auto correct you can save lot of time. However this works only in equation editor in Word.

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