How to Superscript in Google Docs

Doing a superscript in Google Docs is very easy. However, it’s one of those functions that you won’t need much and for that reason you keep forgetting how to do it. Hopefully, this guide will be a good reminder for you. We’re about to show you How to Superscript in Google Docs.

On this website, we always tend to highlight the importance of properly editing texts and taking care of their layouts. In particular, we always make sure to remark the fact that a good layout makes content enjoyable and catchy. For that reason, it’s crucial spending time formatting text.

In this article, you will find:

  • When to Use Superscript in Google Docs
  • How to Superscript in Google Docs
    • Superscript in Google Docs: Main Procedure
    • Superscript in Google Docs: Shortcut
  • Conclusion

When to Use Superscript in Google Docs

A superscript is a small letter, number or symbol that appears above the text line.

A good example of superscript is 23.

As we notice from the example above, superscripts are very popular in mathematics formulas, as they represent exponents. In the case of 23, the number three is the exponent. The exponent in math represents the number of times the number is multiplied by itself. In this case, it would be 2x2x2.

Another common use of superscripts is for ordinal numbers. Ordinals numbers are used during races and challenges, but also to express the days when writing a date.

Ordinal numbers are: 1rd 2nd, 3rd,….

Superscripts can also be used in chemistry. They show the charges of ions on the Periodic Table.

Also, we usually find  superscripts in books and manuals, and in this case they indicate footnotes and endnotes.

Last, but not least, we usually find superscripts that indicate copyrights. We can spot something like this Copyright 2019© on all products on the market. Other very common trademark symbols that we commonly find on top of some text are TM, ®.

How to Superscript in Google Docs

When it comes to applying superscript format in Google Docs, there are two different ways. The main one is the “long process”, easier to remember, as it’s just a matter of looking for the right button in the menu. The second procedure is quicker, but has to be remembered. In fact, this is a combination of keys on your keyboard that will make the formatting process a lot easier and faster. Make sure to follow the steps we’re about to show you step by step. This way you won’t have any issues applying superscripts to your project in Google Docs.

Let’s now go through both methods.

Superscript in Google Docs: Main Procedure

The main procedure to apply superscripts in Google Docs requires that you first find the Superscript button. To find it you should click Format in the top menu, then hover Text, and in this new panel you should be able to localise the Superscript feature.

Now that you know where to find the Superscript button in the menu, is time to format your text. Let’s assume that you are writing a letter and you need to type the date: 1st January 1999.

A good method to type that date would be to first of all type the full text: 1st January 1999. Then, highlight the “st” part in 1st and click the superscript button in the menu. At this point, you’ll obtain a proper superscript. Basically, you use the Superscript function as you’d use the Bold or Italic button.

However, there’s also another way to do it. You can simply activate the Superscript mode when needed by clicking on the Superscript button in the menu. At that point, you are in the position to write everything you need as a superscript. To deactivate the function, click the Superscript button in the menu again.

Superscript in Google Docs: Shortcut

Now that we’ve seen the long and more common procedure to use superscripts in Google Docs, let’s have a look at a shortcut that can make you save a lot of time.

Remember, this short procedure works exactly like the long one, except that there is a quick way to recall the Superscript function. Instead of finding the Superscript button in the top menu, you could simply tap a combination of buttons on your keyboard.

Specifically, you can quickly and easily activate and deactivate the superscript mode by tapping Ctrl+. (Control + Dot) on your keyboard (Cmd+. on a Mac device).

You’ll be able to select those numbers, letters or symbols that you want to turn into a superscript and transform them by simply hitting those buttons.


We’ve just seen some good methods to use superscripts in Google Docs. Superscripts are very important when it comes to formatting the text to make it look nicer and catchier. But sometimes they’re crucial. If you’re working on mathematics formulas you really can’t replace them with other elements.

We’ve seen that using superscripts in Google Docs is also very easy and the procedure is very similar to the one for applying subscripts in Google Docs.

Whether you’ve been writing a letter, working on a mathematics paper, doing some chemistry or simply mentioning some TradeMarks, knowing how to subscript in Google Docs is crucial. The need of using superscripts doesn’t come up very often, but when it does can create panic and make you waste time. For this reason, make sure to memorise the steps we’ve shown above. You could also mark them down on a piece of paper and stick them above your keyboard, so you won’t forget them!

As mentioned above,  when it comes to producing some written content, here on Job Wherever we always highlight the importance of a good layout. For this reason, if you enjoyed this guide you might also be interested in finding out more about Google Docs.

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