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19 Excel Shortcuts for Superscript

If you work with Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, you know that there are all sorts of shortcuts and tips that can make your life a lot easier. Today, we're going to focus on one specific type of shortcut: those that can help you quickly format text as superscript or subscript.

For those who are unfamiliar, superscript text is text that is slightly higher than the surrounding text, while subscript text is text that is slightly lower. These formatting options can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as indicating footnotes or adding mathematical notation to your cells.

Without further ado, here are 19 Excel shortcuts for superscript and subscript that you can start using right away:

  1. To make selected text superscript in Excel: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+= (Windows) or +Shift+= (Mac).
  2. To make selected text subscript in Excel: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+= (Windows) or += (Mac).
  3. To quickly format existing superscript text as subscript (or vice versa): Simply highlight the text, then press the shortcut for the style you want to apply. For example, to change superscript text to subscript, highlight it and press Ctrl+= (Windows) or += (Mac).
  4. To format new text as superscript or subscript as you type: Place your cursor where you want to start typing, then press and hold Ctrl (Windows) or (Mac) while you press the = key the appropriate number of times. For superscript, press and hold Ctrl or while you press = twice. For subscript, press and hold Ctrl or while you press = once.
  5. To stop typing in superscript or subscript mode: Press and hold Ctrl or while you press the = key one more time. Alternatively, you can press the Esc key on your keyboard.
  6. To change the font size of superscript or subscript text: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+> (Windows) or +Shift+> (Mac) to make it larger or Ctrl+Shift+< (Windows) or +Shift+< (Mac) to make it smaller.
  7. To change the font color of superscript or subscript text: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+C (Windows) or +Shift+C (Mac).
  8. To change the background color of superscript or subscript text: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+B (Windows) or +Shift+B (Mac).
  9. To underline superscript or subscript text: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+U (Windows) or +Shift+U (Mac).
  10. To double underline superscript or subscript text: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+D (Windows) or +Shift+D (Mac).
  11. To make superscript or subscript text bold: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+B (Windows) or +Shift+B (Mac).
  12. To make superscript or subscript text italic: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+I (Windows) or +Shift+I (Mac).
  13. To strikethrough superscript or subscript text: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+5 (Windows) or +Shift+5 (Mac).
  14. To make superscript or subscript text blink: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+6 (Windows) or +Shift+6 (Mac).
  15. To make superscript or subscript text appear in a different color: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+7 (Windows) or +Shift+7 (Mac).
  16. To make superscript or subscript text appear in a different background color: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+8 (Windows) or +Shift+8 (Mac).
  17. To make superscript or subscript text appear in a different font: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+9 (Windows) or +Shift+9 (Mac).
  18. To make superscript or subscript text appear in a different font size: Highlight the text you want to format, then press Ctrl+Shift+0

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