When typing numbers with a Mac, you may occasionally need to add exponents to your numbers. In typing, these are known as "superscript" characters. Apple includes a keyboard shortcut to use such characters. This avoids the hassle of going into "Special Characters" and selecting each number manually.
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Move your cursor to where you want the exponent to appear.
Hold down the "Shift" and "Command" keys and hit the "+" key.
Type your exponent. It will appear raised in the proper position.
Repeat the key combination to return to regular format.
Tips and warnings
- Not all Mac programs are superscript compatible. In this case, your only option is the write an exponent using the ^ key (such as 45^2).
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