How to Type Subscript


This wikiHow teaches you how to insert a subscript character into a text on your computer, phone or tablet. A subscript character is usually a letter or number written or printed below the regular text line. You may commonly need to type subscript numbers in mathematical equations and chemical formulas. If you're using a computer, you'll most likely have an option in your word processor to convert any text to subscript. On mobile phones and tablets, you will need to use third-party software to insert subscript characters.

Part 1
Using the Toolbar in Word

Using the Toolbar in Word on How to Type Subscript

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You can open a saved Word document on your computer to edit old text or open a new, blank document to type new text.

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Use your mouse to select the character or the text you want to make subscript.

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If you're in a different toolbar tab, make sure you're in the Home tab at the top of your screen.

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This button looks like "X2" or "A2" next to the bold, italics, and underline icons. On Mac, you can press ⌘ Command++ on your keyboard to convert into subscript in Word. On Windows, you can press Control++ to convert into subscript in Word. This shortcut will also work in other text editors like Notepad.

Part 2
Using the Font Menu in Word

Using the Font Menu in Word on How to Type Subscript

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You can open a saved Word document on your computer to edit old text or open a new, blank document to type new text.

Using the Font Menu in Word on How to Type Subscript

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Use your mouse or keyboard, and select the character or the text you want to make subscript.

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This will open the font properties in a new pop-up window.

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When this option is checked, the highlighted text will be converted into subscript.

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This will apply your new font settings, and change the selected character or text to subscript.

Part 3
Using Google Docs

Using Google Docs on How to Type Subscript

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You can open a saved Google Doc to edit your text or open a new document, and start typing right away.

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You can use your mouse to highlight any part of text in the document.

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This button is located on a tab bar below the document name near the upper-left corner of the page.

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This will open your text options on a sub-menu.

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This will convert the highlighted text into subscript. On Mac, you can press ⌘ Command+, on your keyboard to convert into subscript. On Windows, you can press Control+, to convert into subscript.

Part 4
Using TextEdit on Mac

Using TextEdit on Mac on How to Type Subscript

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You can open a saved document in TextEdit or open a new, blank page, start writing from scratch.

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You can use your mouse or your keyboard to select the part of text you want to convert into subscript.

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You can find this button on your Mac's menu bar at the top of your screen.

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This will show your font tools on a sub-menu.

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This will show your baseline options on a sub-menu.

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This will instantly convert the selected text into subscript.

Part 5
Using iPhone or iPad

Using iPhone or iPad on How to Type Subscript

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Search this app by its name on the App Store, and tap the blue GET button to install it on your iPhone or iPad. This is a free, third-party app that allows copying and pasting special text characters to any text field. Alternatively, you can copy and paste subscript characters from a website such as . If you need further instructions on how to download an app, make sure to check out this article for detailed guidelines.

Using iPhone or iPad on How to Type Subscript

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The Character Pad icon looks like a white "Σ" sigma icon on an orange background. You can find it on your home screen.

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You will find subscript numbers on the third page of the app.

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This will copy it to your clipboard.

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You can paste the copied subscript character anywhere, like a message, note or a web page.

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Your options will pop up on a black toolbar above the text field.

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This will paste the copied subscript, and insert it into the selected text field.

Part 6
Using Android

Using Android on How to Type Subscript

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Search the Play Store for this app, and tap the green INSTALL button to download it. If you're not sure how to download an app on Android, check out this article for more details. After installing the app, you will have to enable this new keyboard in your Settings. This is a free, third-party keyboard app. You can reach the app page directly at . Alternatively, you can find other keyboard apps on the Play Store that allows typing subscript.

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You can type subscript in a message, note or any other text field, using the Engineering Keyboard.

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Depending on your Android's model, you can use the keyboard shortcut, quick settings menu, or the Settings app to switch your keyboard. Make sure to check out this article for detailed instructions on how to switch your keyboard.

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This button looks like a white "n" on a red background with superscript and subscript "n"s next to the space bar. It will switch your keyboard to the super/subscript layout.

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Find and tap the subscript you want to type on the keyboard. This will instantly type the character you select here. You can use the "nabc" button on the bottom-right corner, and see more superscript and subscript characters.