How to do a subscript in Google Docs

How to do a subscript in Google Docs

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A lot of people find out difficult to work with numbers while using a word processor. Google provides its users with hundreds of keyboard combinations to increase productivity within Google Drive and Google Docs. And fortunately, Google offers different ways to insert a superscript or subscript in Google Docs. And do you know the difference between superscript and subscript? Well, superscript is when a certain word, letter, or symbol is displayed above the rest of the line, while subscript appears at or below the baseline. 

What is the subscript in Google Docs used for?

  1. To write a particular scientific formula, in your text. For example, this is water: H2O
  2. To describe different versions of the same variable in mathematics. 
  3. To represent an element in an array in computer programming. 

So, I think it might be great to share the instructions on how to do subscript  and superscript in Google Doc. 

How to do the script in Google Doc?

  • To superscript text, press “Ctrl+.” (Ctrl+period) keys on Windows and “⌘+.” (Command+Period) keys on Mac OS X.
  • To subscript text, press “Ctrl+,” (Ctrl+Comma) keys on Windows and “⌘+,” (Command+Comma) keys on Mac OS X.

Using special tools

This is the basic way to add a superscript and subscript that involves using the toolbar at the top of your document.

  1. Highlight the text by dragging your cursor over the section of your document that should be superscripted.
  2. Click on the “Format” menu at the top and hover the cursor over the “Text” option.
  3. Then select the option for “Superscript” or “Subscript” 

So, if you follow these steps, you will successfully insert a superscript or subscript.

Using special characters chart 

The special characters chart available in Google Docs comprises a set of superscript and subscript characters to use. If you forget the keyboard combinations to add a special superscript or subscript, then this set might be used.

  1. First of all, choose the part of your document where you want to paste a subscripted special character. Then find the “Insert” button on the toolbar and select “Special Characters in a drop-down menu.
  2. If you choose “Special Characters,” a pop-up chart will appear on your screen. Then use the search box in the top left corner and  type in “Subscript.” When you find a character that you need just click on the symbol. A subscript character will be inserted where your cursor is placed.

Using the special characters chart for superscript.

  1. Place your cursor where you would like to insert the character. Find the toolbar at the upper part of the page and click on the button “Insert.  There a drop-down menu will appear on your screen with a list of insert options where you click on the button “Special Characters.”
  2. Then select, “Special Characters” and a pop-up chart will appear on the page. In the search box, type “Superscript” and you will gain access to all characters. To use a character just click on the icon and it will appear wherever your cursor is placed.

Therefore, there are different ways to do subscript and superscript in Google Docs; you can choose whatever you like.

George Anderson

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