The subscript in Microsoft Word refers to the number, letter or symbol that is positioned slightly lower than the text and just opposite to that, Superscript in Word, relates to the characters that are positioned slightly higher than the text on the standard line of type. These functions are helpful writing a trademark, copyright, any chemical formulas, measurements, footnotes, endnotes, etc.
CO2 – this is a subscript in Word
X2 + X3 – this is a superscript Word
How to add subscript in MS Word?
Step 1: Select the character (text, symbol, number or figure) you want to format as a subscript.
Step 2: For Subscript: on the ‘Home’ tab, go to the ‘Font’ group, and select ‘Subscript.’ You will find ‘x2’ symbol. You can also press CTRL + = .
How to do superscript in MS Word?
Step 1: Select the character (text, symbol, number or figure) you want to format as superscript.
Step 2: For Superscript: on the ‘Home’ tab, go to the ‘Font’ group, and select ‘Superscript.’ You will find ‘x2’ symbol. You can also press CTRL + SHIFT + = .
Note: If you are using Word online, your keyboard shortcuts do not work.
Step 3: If you want to Undo, you just need to click the Subscript button or Superscript button again. You can also repeat the shortcuts you have used by using your keyboard.
Uses of Microsoft Word Subscript or Superscript:
- Subscripts – which are dropped lower than the baseline:
- A subscript is mainly used in chemical formulas.
- It is also used to distinguish between different versions of subatomic particle, and it also identified by multiple subscripts.
- Similarly, it is also used frequently in mathematics to define different patterns of the same values.
- Subscripts are often used to refer to the sequences of math or some set or elements of a vector.
- It is often used to represent the radix or base of some written text or number.
- Subscripted numbers dropped below the baseline, like the divide symbol, used for the denominators of stacked fractions.
2. Superscripts – which are not extending above the ascender line:
- Superscripts typically use the regular line with numbers – the full height number of the base font.
- It also writes ordinal indicators. Many of these functions are used to abbreviate text.
- It is mainly used to write standard abbreviations for service mark and trademark. For example, Service mark like ‘SM’ and Trademark like ‘TM.’
- Even the signs of copyright as well as the registered trademark with the circle are also written by Superscript.
- Currency symbol also is superscripted most of the time.
- The numerators of diagonal fractions are also managed by the function of Superscript.
Thus, these two features are extremely useful to write some proper documents, and if you miss these in some report or assignments, you may face some huge error during the evaluation time.
So, with the help of the subscription and superscription, you can change all kind of positions of characters, symbols, and figures which may help you to give precise information about the necessary documents.