Exponents are common in mathematical functions. If you want to include similar mathematical equations to your Doc file, you can add exponents via superscripts.
Superscripts are small characters placed above normal characters. You can use a superscript in many contexts besides a mathematical equation, such as signifying a trademark, chemical symbols, and endnotes.
How to Type Exponents in Google Docs on Computer?
There are a couple of ways of typing exponents in Google Docs. Below are the methods and steps to do it.
Using the format option is probably the easiest way to add superscripts. Follow these steps to use this method.
- Open the Docs file that you want to add the exponent to.
- Click on the preferred space to place the caret.
- Click on Format from the menu on top.
- Then, select Text and click on Superscript.
You can type what you want on the superscript. To stop typing in superscript, repeat the last two steps.
You can make this process easier with the help of a shortcut. The shortcut to use superscript is Ctrl + . on Windows system and Command + . on macOS.
Insert Special Characters
Exponents are also included in special characters. So, you can insert a special character to add exponents. Follow these steps to do so.
- Open the Docs file in which you want to add exponents.
- Click on the space you want to add the exponent to.
- Then, click on Insert from the menu on top.
- And then select Special characters.
- Search for Superscript, and click on the preferred exponent to add it.
The good thing about this method is that you don’t need to turn on superscript and turn it off when you’re done. The shortcut to open up Special Character is Alt + I + C on Windows and Control + Option + I + C on macOS.
You can also insert equations into Google Docs. And you can add exponents to those equations. This method allows you to add exponents into exponents. To do so, follow these steps.
- Open the docs file in which you want to add equations.
- Click on the space you want to add the equation/exponent to.
- Now, click on Insert from the menu on top and select Equation.
- Then, type something, press Shift + 6, and add the exponent.
- If you press Shift + 6 again, you can add an exponent to the exponent.
- To type in normal writing again, you can press Enter.
How to Type Exponents in Google Docs on Mobile?
The mobile version of Google Docs also offers formatting options, including superscripts. To use exponents in Google Docs on iOS and Android, follow these steps.
- Open the Google Docs app on your mobile device.
- Open the document to which you want to add the exponent and tap on the edit option.
- Tap on the space where you want to add the exponent.
- Now, tap on the Format icon and select the Superscript icon.
- Now, tap on the typing space to bring up the keyboard again, and start typing to add superscript.
- After you add the superscript, you can go to Format again and turn off Superscript.
An easier way of using superscript is by finishing what you want to type first and then selecting the text to format it as superscript.