How to Write a Superscript on a Mac

Superscripts serve useful functions in word processors or spreadsheets. These raised characters are used to direct readers to footnotes or create mathematical exponents. But you can't find superscript characters directly on a Mac keyboard. Fortunately, Apple computers are equipped with default shortcuts for writing superscripts. With a simple series of clicks and keystrokes, even a novice computer user can insert a superscript on a Mac.

Click the place in the document where you want to write a superscript.

Type out your superscript using the normal alphabetic or numeric keys on your keyboard.

Click and drag your cursor over the text, highlighting the portion you want to convert to a superscript.

Press and hold the "Ctrl" key.

Press and hold the "Command" key, represented by an "Apple" icon on your keyboard.

Press the "+/=" key. The selected text turns into a superscript, and you can release the keys.

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