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How to Insert an Exponent in Google Docs

February 17, 2021

Are you struggling to enter an exponent in Google Docs? Do you sometimes spend an hour looking for a way to insert mathematical equations and other symbols that aren’t just plain text? Do Google Docs often seem too complicated to use?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people experience trouble when inserting exponents and similar special characters in documents on this platform. For example, when they want to return to the previously used font after they’ve done so. It may prolong whatever task you’re trying to complete and can sometimes be bothersome.

Luckily, we’re here to share a simple way to insert an exponent in your Google Doc.

You don’t need to be a math whiz to learn how to do it. Google Docs offer many options to allow you to create different types of documents. They may include a mathematical formula or math symbols such as exponents, so here’s a guide to help you deal with them.

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How to Insert Exponents in Google Docs: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Have you been struggling with adding exponents to your Google document?

It can be more straightforward to add this mathematical formula in a Word document since there’s an icon to click right in the main taskbar. However, it doesn’t take more than a few clicks to insert an exponent in a Google doc either, if you know what to look for.

If you’ve been looking for “exponent” under Insert or Symbols, it’s no wonder you can’t find it. This math expression doesn’t exist in Google docs. But if you look for Superscript or Subscript, it’s right there, in one of the drop-down menus in the taskbar. It’s what an exponent is called here.

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This section of our article will give you a step-by-step walkthrough of how you can easily insert a superscript in whatever type of document you’re typing.

How to Insert an Exponent in Google Docs With the Superscript Option

As mentioned, superscript is the actual name of the option you’re going to look for if you need an exponent in your text. You can opt for one of the three ways of inserting it in your Google document:

  • Open a Google doc where you want to add the exponent.
  • Click on Format in the taskbar at the top of the document.
  • Choose Text from the drop-down menu.
  • Select Superscript from the Text menu and just start typing as your doc is now in Superscript mode.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut.

  • Type in a number in your Google doc.
  • Press CTRL + . (period) on your keyboard.
  • Enter the exponent.

If you’re writing on the go and using the Google Docs app on your smartphone or tablet, follow the instructions below to insert a superscript:

  • Open a Google doc on your device.
  • Tap the letter A icon at the top, next to the Redo arrow.
  • Under the Text tab, tap the X2 icon and enter the superscript.
  • Tap the icon again to continue with standard text.

And the third way to add superscript is the following:

  • Click on the Insert tab in the taskbar at the top.
  • Choose Special characters.
  • In the pop-up window, click on the search field and type in “superscript.”
  • Select the desired exponent from the results on the left.
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Many people don’t know how to go back to normal-sized text once they insert an exponent. When using Google Docs on your computer, click on Format and select the Clear formatting option to turn off the superscript. Once you’re done with the task and achieved the desired result, you may arrange your documents for a streamlined search. Doing that is easy with a personal document organizer.

How to Insert an Exponent by Inserting an Equation

Another way to insert superscript is to insert an equation. There are two options:

  • Click on the New equation in the upper-left corner of your Google doc.
  • When the equation field appears on the screen, click on Math operations (under New equation).
  • From the drop-down menu, select Xb.
  • Enter a number and press enter to add superscript.
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The second option involves using the keyboard:

  • Select New equation.
  • Enter a number and the ^ symbol (you may be able to enter it by pressing ALT + 3 on your keyboard).
  • Now you can insert an exponent and then use the Clear formatting option to return to standard text.

Pressing the right arrow key will do the same trick as clearing formatting options.

Solving Math Problems in Google Docs

We hope this article has provided you with a better understanding of how to insert superscript in Google docs. Note that you can use the same steps to add a subscript, which is convenient when entering a chemical formula in a document.

These math equations are quite easy to find and insert on this platform as long as you know they’re not called exponents. The best thing is that you can choose one of the many ways to insert them according to what you consider convenient.

Bear in mind that you can also insert superscript on your mobile device if you need to write on the go.

Kevin Kessler
Kevin J. Kessler is a published author of five fantasy novels, a professional wrestler, and a puppeteer (not all at the same time). Kevin is a content writer at Codeless.
Kevin Kessler
Kevin J. Kessler is a published author of five fantasy novels, a professional wrestler, and a puppeteer (not all at the same time). Kevin is a content writer at Codeless.