How to Type Exponents in Mac

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How to Type Exponents in Mac
A key combination lets you type exponents on Mac computers. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Move your cursor to where you want the exponent to appear.

  2. 2

    Hold down the "Shift" and "Command" keys and hit the "+" key.

  3. 3

    Type your exponent. It will appear raised in the proper position.

  4. 4

    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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