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The Excel Subscript Shortcut You Need to Know

If you're like most people, you probably use Microsoft Excel for a variety of tasks. Whether you're tracking your personal finances, managing a small business, or working on a complex data analysis, Excel is a powerful tool that can help you get the job done.

But even if you're an experienced Excel user, there are still a few shortcuts that can make your life easier. In this article, we'll show you a little-known Excel shortcut that can save you time and effort when working with subscripts.

What is a Subscript?

A subscript is a small character or symbol that is positioned slightly below the normal line of text. In mathematical formulas, subscripts are often used to denote the different parts of a compound number, such as the atomic number and mass number of an element.

In Excel, subscripts can be useful for a variety of purposes. For example, if you're tracking inventory levels, you might use subscripts to denote the different sizes or colors of a product. Or if you're working with chemical formulas, you might use subscripts to denote the different atoms in a molecule.

Whatever your purpose for using subscripts in Excel, the process for creating them is the same. First, you'll need to select the cell or range of cells where you want to insert the subscript. Then, you'll need to click the 'Insert' tab on the Excel ribbon.

From there, you'll click the 'Symbol' button, which will open the 'Symbol' dialog box. In the 'Symbol' dialog box, you'll need to scroll down to the 'Subscripts and Superscripts' section and select the 'Subscript' radio button.

Once you've done that, you'll see a list of all the available subscript characters. Simply click on the character you want to insert, and then click the 'Insert' button. The character will then be inserted into your selected cell or range of cells.

The Subscript Shortcut

Now that you know how to insert subscripts using the 'Insert' tab, let's take a look at a shortcut that can save you some time. Instead of clicking the 'Insert' tab and then the 'Symbol' button, you can simply use the following keyboard shortcut:

Ctrl + Shift + =

When you use this shortcut, the 'Symbol' dialog box will open directly to the 'Subscripts and Superscripts' section, so you can quickly insert the subscript character you need.

This shortcut can be especially useful if you need to insert multiple subscript characters in the same cell or range of cells. Instead of opening the 'Symbol' dialog box each time, you can simply use the shortcut to insert each character quickly and easily.


Whether you're a seasoned Excel user or just getting started, learning new shortcuts can save you time and effort. In this article, we've shown you a little-known Excel shortcut that can be used to insert subscript characters. Give it a try the next time you need to use a subscript in Excel!

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