A superscript 2 is useful in a number of word-processing situations. It can denote square footage, indicate a mathematical exponent or direct readers to a footnote. If you want to create a superscript 2 in a Windows word processor, e-mail message or spreadsheet, a basic shortcut often lets you add the text quickly. Some programs use alternate shortcuts or clickable menus, but the basic Microsoft shortcut is used in many Windows programs.
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Open the file in which you want to insert a superscript 2, and type "2."
Click and drag your mouse cursor over the number.
Press and hold the "CTRL" key.
Press and hold the "Shift" key.
Press the "=" key while still depressing "CTRL" and "Shift." The number is converted to an exponent, and you can release all three keys. This shortcut works in several Windows programs, including Microsoft Word. If this shortcut doesn't work, press the "F1" key to access your individual program's help menu.
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