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Superscript and Subscript in Excel

In this article, I will show you how to add a superscript or subscript character in Excel.

How to Add a Superscript

Let’s say you have the following text in cell B2.

The goal is to transform the two into a superscript giving you X to the power of 2. To make the two a superscript, activate cell B2 and select the two.

Then right-click and format cells.

Under Effects, check the box next to Superscript. Then click Ok.

You now have a superscript.

How to Add a Subscript

Let’s say you have the following text in cell B2.

The goal is to transform the two into a subscript. To make the two a subscript, activate cell B2 and select the two.

Then right-click and format cells.

Under Effects, check the box next to Subscript. Then click Ok.

You now have a subscript.

And that is how to add a superscript or subscript character in Microsoft Excel.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I cannot believe I didn’t know about this! Thank you so much for bringing me into the light on this! Quick question: With the superscript example, if you were to put in the number 4 and add the superscript of 2 to it using the formatting, would Excel still recognize that as a number or as text? If it recognizes it as a number, what would the value be?

    1. Great question. If you try to make part of the number a Superscript, Excel will just change it back to a normal number. So in your example, Excel would remove the superscripted 2 immediately and you’d just have 42.

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