Alt Code Shortcuts for Superscript and Subscript

People use superscripts and subscripts in documents for citation purposes. The good example is your bank and credit card applications where you can find lot of * symbols. And at the end of the document you can see the meaning of * like ‘T & C applies’. Here are some other examples of using superscript and subscript.

  • Entering temperatures with degree symbol like 49⁰ F or 25⁰ C.
  • Indicating degrees in mathematical expressions like 45⁰ angle.
  • Typing mathematical formulas like (a+b)²=a² + b².
  • Power of 2 or 3 like 10² and 2³.
  • Quick note on top or bottom of the word like Tip⁽tips⁾ or Tip₍tips₎.
  • General citation and references like Citationⁱ or Quote₊.

Superscript and Subscript in Office Documents

Microsoft Office applications already have a way to type superscript and subscript. You need select the text and click on the icon to make it super or subscript.

Superscript and Subscript Icons in Word
Superscript and Subscript Icons in Word

Alt Code Shortcuts for Superscript and Subscript

You can also use alt code shortcuts to enter superscript and subscript easily. We have large collection of alt code shortcuts for Windows. And here is a list of shortcuts for super and subscript symbols. You need to hold one of the alt codes on your keyboard and then enter the numbers from the numeric pad.

Alt + NumberSymbolDescription
Alt + 8304Superscript zero
Alt + 8305Superscript information
Alt + 178²Superscript two
Alt + 179³Superscript three
Alt + 8308Superscript four
Alt + 8309Superscript five
Alt + 8310Superscript six
Alt + 8311Superscript seven
Alt + 8312Superscript eight
Alt + 8313Superscript nine
Alt + 8314Superscript plus
Alt + 8315Superscript minus
Alt + 8316Superscript equal
Alt + 8317Superscript left parenthesis
Alt + 8318Superscript right parenthesis
Alt + 8319Superscript small letter n
Alt + 8320Subscript zero
Alt + 8321Subscript one
Alt + 8322Subscript two
Alt + 8323Subscript three
Alt + 8324Subscript four
Alt + 8325Subscript five
Alt + 8326Subscript six
Alt + 8327Subscripts even
Alt + 8328Subscript eight
Alt + 8329Subscript nine
Alt + 8330Subscript plus
Alt + 8331Subscript minus
Alt + 8332Subscript equal
Alt + 8333Subscript left parenthesis
Alt + 8334Subscript right parenthesis
Alt + 8336Subscript small letter a
Alt + 8337Subscript small letter e
Alt + 8338Subscript small letter o
Alt + 8339Subscript small letter x
Alt + 8340Subscript latin small letter schwa
Alt + 8341Subscript small letter h
Alt + 8342Subscript small letter k
Alt + 8343Subscript small letter l
Alt + 8344Subscript small letter m
Alt + 8345Subscript small letter n
Alt + 8346Subscript small letter p
Alt + 8347Subscript small letter s
Alt + 8348Subscript small letter t
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Alt + X Shortcuts for Superscript and Subscript

On Microsoft Word, enter the hexadecimal code as in the below table, then press alt and x keys together. That will convert the code into a superscript or subscript.

Alt + NumberSymbolDescription
Alt + 8304Superscript zero
Alt + 8305Superscript information
Alt + 178²Superscript two
Alt + 179³Superscript three
Alt + 8308Superscript four
Alt + 8309Superscript five
Alt + 8310Superscript six
Alt + 8311Superscript seven
Alt + 8312Superscript eight
Alt + 8313Superscript nine
Alt + 8314Superscript plus
Alt + 8315Superscript minus
Alt + 8316Superscript equal
Alt + 8317Superscript left parenthesis
Alt + 8318Superscript right parenthesis
Alt + 8319Superscript small letter n
Alt + 8320Subscript zero
Alt + 8321Subscript one
Alt + 8322Subscript two
Alt + 8323Subscript three
Alt + 8324Subscript four
Alt + 8325Subscript five
Alt + 8326Subscript six
Alt + 8327Subscripts even
Alt + 8328Subscript eight
Alt + 8329Subscript nine
Alt + 8330Subscript plus
Alt + 8331Subscript minus
Alt + 8332Subscript equal
Alt + 8333Subscript left parenthesis
Alt + 8334Subscript right parenthesis
Alt + 8336Subscript small letter a
Alt + 8337Subscript small letter e
Alt + 8338Subscript small letter o
Alt + 8339Subscript small letter x
Alt + 8340Subscript latin small letter schwa
Alt + 8341Subscript small letter h
Alt + 8342Subscript small letter k
Alt + 8343Subscript small letter l
Alt + 8344Subscript small letter m
Alt + 8345Subscript small letter n
Alt + 8346Subscript small letter p
Alt + 8347Subscript small letter s
Alt + 8348Subscript small letter t
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6 thoughts on “Alt Code Shortcuts for Superscript and Subscript”

  1. I am having the same issue as Pam Draper and Dan. I can’t get the superscript 4 to work. The Control + Shift isn’t doing anything either.

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  2. Have same issue as Pam Draper. My HTML builder doesnt have a tool in its ribbon to do superscript or subscript. So, I’m looking for alt codes. Like Pam, 1-3 work well. 4-9 do letters t-y. I tried you Control Shit = keys idea. Am I supposed to highlight the number I want, then on keyboard hold down Control + Shift + equals? That doesn’t work. It’s hard, but if I hold down Control + shift + equals my web browser starts zooming in.

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  3. The “Alt + 8313 for Superscript nine” does not work for me. The superscript shortcut for 1 – 3 works very well but the superscript shortcut for 4 – 9 displays letters t – y instead. It there another shortcut I should be using?

    I work at a pharmaceutical company and I am using the shortcuts in a eCTD software program that publishes output we send to the FDA via an electronic gateway. The shortcut for µ (Alt + 230) worked extremely well! Thank you for that!

    However, the superscript shortcuts are not working for 4 – 9.

    Hope to hear back on any solutions you may have.

    Thanks so much. Pam Draper

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    • As mentioned, you can use the tool icon in the ribbon to type superscript or subscript. Alternatively, use Control Shift = keys to make superscript and Control = keys to make subscript.

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