How to Type Exponents or Superscripts in PowerPoint

When it comes to mathematical expressions, exponents play an important role in conveying complex equations. We’re going to show you how to type exponents in PowerPoint, which can be useful if you need to write mathematical expressions or scientific notations.

To type exponents in PowerPoint, there are several methods available that can be used depending on your preference or ease of use. So let’s get started!

#1 Use keyboard shortcuts

One of the easiest ways to type exponents in PowerPoint is to use keyboard shortcuts. These are special combinations of keys that you press to insert certain symbols or characters.

  • Squared symbol (²): hold down the Alt key + 0178.
  • Cubed symbol (³): hold down the Alt key + 0179.
  • Power of one symbol (¹): hold down the Alt key + 0185.

Note that these shortcuts only work with the number keypad, not the number line on your keyboard.

To use a keyboard shortcut to format an exponent, you can type the number or letter and select it. Then, hold down both the Ctrl and Shift keys. Press and release the + sign on the number keypad and then press and release the = sign. When the Ctrl and Shift keys are released, the format of the number should convert to superscript.

#2 Use the Font menu

Another way to type exponents in PowerPoint is to use the Font menu. This is a bit more time-consuming, but it gives you more control over the appearance of your exponents.

1. Select the number or letter you want to format and make sure you’re in the Home tab.

2. Click the arrow in the Font area to open the Font dialog box.

3. Check the box next to Superscript in the Effects area. You can also adjust the offset percentage if you want to change the exponent’s position relative to its number or letter. Increase the percentage to move it up; decrease it to lower it. Click OK to apply the change.

It’s also possible to copy and paste exponents from other sources such as Microsoft Word or online math editors like MathType.

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