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Add Subscript and Superscript to Text in PowerPoint for the Web

Learn how you can add subscript and superscript to text in PowerPoint for the Web. We also look at the concept of subscripts and superscripts.


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Do you need to frequently add subscript and superscript formatting to text in PowerPoint, or even in other Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook? Quite often, this formatting may take a while, and we will explore easier and faster ways to add subscripted and superscripted text.

First, let us look at some samples of subscripted and superscripted text, as shown highlighted in green within Figure 1, below.

Format text as subscript and superscript in PowerPoint 365
Figure 1: Subscript and Superscript text

As you can see in Figure 1, above, subscripted text is the text that's smaller in size than the preceding text. However, it is also placed lower, below the baseline, as you can see in Figure 2, below. Similar to subscripted text, superscripted text is also smaller than the preceding text, but it's placed higher, above the X-height of normal text, as shown in Figure 2.

Subscripted and superscripted text relative to baseline and X-Height
Figure 2: Position compared to baseline and X-Height

Follow these steps to add subscripted and superscripted text in PowerPoint for the Web:

  1. Type in the text to add subscripts, as shown in Figure 3, below. This is the chemical formula for Calcium Carbonate, but as you can see, it really does not look like a formula because the subscripts are missing.
  2. Text to add subscripts in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 3: Text to add subscripts
  3. Select the text to be subscripted. We selected the character, 3, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  4. Select character to be subscripted in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 4: Select character to be subscripted
  5. Now, access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and locate the Subscript button. If you cannot locate this button, click the More Font Options button, highlighted in shown in red within Figure 5, below. In the resultant menu, click the Subscript button, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 5.
  6. Subscript and Superscript options in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 5: Subscript and Superscript options
  7. Similarly, you will click the Superscript button, highlighted in green within Figure 5, above, to apply superscript formatting to selected text.
  8. Figure 6, below, shows the result of applying Subscript formatting to some characters. Compare with Figure 3, shown previously on this page. You apply Superscript formatting in a similar way.
  9. Text formatted as Subscript
    Figure 6: Text formatted as Subscript

As you can see, it's easy to add subscripts and superscripts to text in PowerPoint for the Web and other Microsoft Office programs using options explained on this page.


See Also:

05 05 05 - Symbols: Add Subscript and Superscript to Text in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Add Subscript and Superscript to Text in PowerPoint for Windows
Add Subscript and Superscript to Text in PowerPoint for Mac

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