HOW TO SUPERSCRIPT IN GOOGLE DOCS ?

INTRODUCTION

Have you ever tried to insert a copyright symbol in GOOGLE DOCS which is raised above the normal text ??

or

Ever tried to insert a RAISE TO THE POWER [EXPONENT ] in GOOGLE DOCS ?

If yes, then you must know what a superscript is.

Superscript is the process of putting a smaller version of any letter or symbol raised from the normal level.

The most common example of a superscript is when we want to insert any
mathematical expression where we need to show an exponentiation.
Something like Hellosuperscript.

In this article, we will learn to put a superscript in GOOGLE DOCS by different ways.

WHEN IS SUPERSCRIPT USED IN GOOGLE DOCS?

SUPERCRIPT is mostly needed while we are working with Mathematics or Chemistry.

We require them frequently while working with mathematical formulae, exponents, logarithms, temperature degree and mostly in algebra to show the equations and other important variables etc.

For example

25⁰ C temperature , 60⁰ angle in geometry, mathematical equation  (a+b)²=a² + b².

exponents like 15² and so on.

WAYS TO SUPERSCRIPT TEXT IN GOOGLE DOCS

As we don’t have any direct option for superscript format in GOOGLE DOCS, but there are a few ways by which we can add superscripted text in GOOGLE DOCS.

Here is the list of available options.

The ways available are :

  • GOOGLE
  • UNICODE SYMBOLS
  • USING UNICHAR FUNCTION
  • ADDONS
  • REFERENCE SUPERSCRIPT CHARACTERS READY TO BE USED.

Let us discuss all the ways one by one in detail.

We’ll take an example of inserting the SUPERSCRIPT FOR 3 [ NUMBER ] using the different options available for inserting the Superscript in GOOGLE DOCS.

SUPERSCRIPT TEXT IN GOOGLE DOCS USING GOOGLE.COM

When we are preparing a report at our work, our task is to get the things done within the time limits with ultimate accuracy.

This method is fastest method of inserting a superscript in GOOGLE DOCS , but we need to be cautious when using this method.

THE REQUIREMENT FOR THIS METHOD IS TO HAVE AN ACCESS TO THE INTERNET because we are going to use the GOOGLE.COM website for the search.

STEPS TO ADD SUPERSCRIPT SYMBOL IN GOOGLE DOCS USING GOOGLE.COM

  • Visit https://www.google.com. [ You can click here ].
  • Type in the searchbox ” 3 number superscript”.
  • Google will find its best result and the excerpt containing the SUPERSCRIPTED 3 will appear somewhere.
  • The following screen will appear. [ The results may vary as per your location, but it’ll be on the same lines. ]
SUPERSCRIPTED 3 OPTIONS IN GOOGLE
  • Look at the picture above.
  • Copy any of the superscripted 3 and paste it in  your doc but this process needs you to be a bit smart regarding the use of the superscripted 3 from the google results.

USE THE RESULTS WHICH ARE OFFERED BY ANY WEBSITE CONCERNED WITH THE UNICODES. [ We’ll discuss it in detail later in this article ].

In this case, we’ll copy the use the first result and copy the superscripted 3 as shown in the picture below.

COPY THE SUPERSCRIPTED 3

  • After copying the superscripted 3, Paste it by pressing CTRL+V  in the GOOGLE DOCS, wherever you want to use it.

The following picture shows the usage.

The example shown in the picture contains the superscripted 3 pasted by copying it from the google result.

We have tested the superscripted 3 by concatenating it with a text which is visible in the formula field and we can see that the brought symbol is working fine.


PASTING THE COPIED SUPERSCRIPTION INTO GOOGLE DOCS

SUPERSCRIPT TEXT IN GOOGLE DOCS BY COPYING UNICODE SYMBOLS

This method is the second fastest but safest method to use a SUPERSCRIPT within seconds if you have access to INTERNET.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ABOUT UNICODE:

As per OXFORD DICTIONARY , UNICODE IS

an international encoding standard for use with different languages and scripts, by which each letter, digit, or symbol is assigned a unique numeric value that applies across different platforms and programs

This is the latest encoding standard which is being used on different platforms such as operating systems, web , email etc.

In simple words, UNICODE SYSTEM is the set of codes where we have given a  particular code for every character or symbol,  for example

A means 0041 [0065 in decimal ] in the UNICODE character system.

B means 0042 [0066 in decimal ], C means 0043 [0067] and so on.

Similarly there are codes for the numbers for example,

1 is 0031 [ 0049 in decimal ] and so on.

*THE CODES MENTIONED ABOVE ARE IN HEXADECIMAL NUMBER SYSTEM. THE DECIMAL EQUIVALENT IS SHOWN IN THE BRACKETS ].

As we already discussed that UNIQUE CODE or UNICODE for A is 0041. Now let us try to find out the UNICODE for small A i.e. “a”.

The UNICODE for “a” is 0061 [ 0097 in decimal]. So we can see that a small letter and a capital letters have a unique and different identification for the computing systems which makes these characters unique.

So is the concept of the UNICODE SYSTEM.

Another simple meaning to the UNICODE SYSTEM is that this code will be same across various platforms even if it is on web or software, which is the fact of our need for the time.

In this method, we’ll be taking help of other websites providing the help for the UNICODE NUMBER system or the UNICODE OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF UNICODE IS https://unicode.org

which contains all the Charts of many languages and character sets.

The site shows all the important updates about the UNICODE.

For our purpose of SUPERSCRIPTS we are particularly interested in https://unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2070.pdf

[This is the chart for SUBSCRIPTS and SUPERSCRIPTS containing all the codes available.]

And good supporting websites which may prove helpful to us are https://www.compart.com

and https://www.fileformat.info.

STEPS TO SUPERSCRIPT BY COPYING THE UNICODE SYMBOL FROM THE UNICODE CHART:

UNICODE.ORG HOME SCREEN FOR CHARACTER CHARTS
  • Press CTRL+F on the browser , it’ll open the browser search.
  • Enter Superscripts.
  • It’ll take you directly to the superscripts table text.
  • Click the link. [Direct link is given here https://unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2070.pdf]
CLICK LINK FOR SUPERSCRIPTS AND SUBSCRIPTS
  • After clicking the link, a pdf will open.
SCROLL DOWN TO OPEN THE DESIRED TABLE OF SUPERSCRIPTS


  • Simply find your required superscript.
  • Select the superscript.
  • Press CTRL+C or Right Click > COPY.
COPY THE DESIRED SUPERSCRIPT FROM THE TABLE
  • Paste it in the GOOGLE DOCS wherever required.
  • The following picture shows the usage.
RESULT SHOWING THE SUPERSCRIPTED 3 USING UNICODE.ORG

STEPS TO SUPERSCRIPT BY COPYING THE UNICODE SYMBOL FROM THE UNICODE INFORMATION PROVIDING WEBSITES :

  • Go to https://www.compart.com/en/unicode
  • As we reach the page of the link mentioned above, we’ll find the following screen.
  • Simply enter the requirement in the SEARCH BOX at the top of the page.
  • Enter “superscript” in the SEARCH BOX and press ENTER.
TYPE THE SEARCH AND CLICK OK.ALL THE RESULT WILL BE ENLISTED
  • Click the result of our requirement i.e. Superscript of 3.
  • As we click the result, the following screen follows.
SELECT THE SUPERSCRIPT NUMBER AND PASTE IT IN GOOGLE DOCS

  • Simply copy the symbol by selecting it.
  • Paste it anywhere in the GOOGLE DOCS.
RESULT OF ADDING NUMBER 3 AS SUPERSCRIPT COPYING FROM COMPART.COM

STEPS TO SUPERSCRIPT BY COPYING THE UNICODE SYMBOL FROM THE UNICODE INFORMATION PROVIDING WEBSITES :

  • Go to https://www.fileformat.info/
  • As we reach the page of the link mentioned above, we’ll find the following screen.
  • Enter “superscript 3” in the SEARCH BOX.
  • Click SEARCH.
OPEN FILEFORMAT.INFO , ENTER THE SEARCH CONTENT AND CLICK SEARCH
  • It’ll enlist all the results of available superscripts.
  • Click the result we want i.e. Superscript of 3 as shown in the picture below.
FONT SETTINGS BUTTON LOCATION
  • After clicking the search , the following screen will appear containing the SUPERSCRIPT 3 information.
  • Click the IMAGE OF 3 as shown the picture below.
SELECT THE SUPERSCRIPT WITH UTF-8 ENCODING
  • After clicking the image , the following screen will appear containing the SUPERSCRIPT 3 with different encodings.
  • We’ll use UTF – 8.
SELECT THE SUPERSCRIPT WITH UTF-8 ENCODING
  • Simply copy the superscript 3, by selecting it and pressing CTRL+C or Right Click > Copy.
  • Paste it anywhere in the GOOGLE DOCS.
  • The following example shows the pasted superscript 3.
  • We tried it using the concat function to check the working of superscript.
  • The superscript is working fine.
FILEFORMAT.INFO RESULT FOR COPYING SUPERSCRIPT 3

ANY OF THE THREE MENTIONED SITES CAN BE USED TO KNOW THE UNICODE OF ANY SUPERSCRIPT. NOT ALL CHARACTERS HAVE THE SUPERSCRIPT UNICODE.

SUPERSCRIPT TEXT IN GOOGLE DOCS USING INSERT CHARACTER OPTION

In GOOGLE DOCS, we have a dedicated symbol depository from where we can search out the symbol for our use.

We can copy and paste the symbol from the document if we don’t want to search for the symbol over and again.

STEPS TO SUPERSCRIPT BY USING “INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTERS” OPTION

  • First of all let us find out the option location for the INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTERS.
  • The SPECIAL CHARACTERS table can be opened by going to INSERT MENU and choosing INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTERS.

The following window will open.

TYPE IN THE SEARCH OR DRAW THE SYMBOL IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE NAME
  • In the opened window, type the name of the symbol which you want to search or you can draw the symbol if you don’t know the name.
  • For example, we are discussing the superscripted numerals here, let us try to insert superscripted 5.
  • Then write SUPERCRIPT and the search results will appear in the left pane.
SEARCHING THE CHARACTERS BY TYPING A FEW WORDS

SEARCH ALWAYS MIGHT NOT WORK AS THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO . TRY A FEW DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS FOR YOUR SEARCH AND YOU MUST FIND OUT THE OPTION YOU WANT.

You can see in the picture above that we typed SUPERSCRIPT and many options came.

Click the number you want such as SUPERSCRIPT 5 which we wanted in this case and it’ll be inserted.

INSERTED SUPERSCRIPT 5 IN THE DOCUMENT

Now, the second option is to directly draw the symbol in the given area.

It is specially helpful if our search is not striking the right results or we are not able to figure out what should we type.

Let us try to find a superscripted + symbol.

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO SEARCH AND INSERT THE SUPERSCRIPTED + SYMBOL

  • Open the SPECIAL CHARACTERS DIALOG BOX by going to INSERT MENU> INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTERS.
  • The window will open as shown in the previous section.
  • In the section telling DRAW A SYMBOL HERE, with the help of the mouse, draw the symbol.
  • In our example, we got a problem. When we are trying to get the superscripted +, we only could get a simple +.
  • After inserting a plus by simply clicking the result, select the PLUS SIGN, and press CTRL+. to make it a superscript or go to FORMAT MENU >TEXT> SUPERSCRIPT.
  • The + will appear as a superscripted text.

The animated picture below depicts the process.

INSERT SUPERSCRIPT USING SPECIAL CHARACTERS


KEYBOARD SHORTCUT TO SUPERSCRIPT IN GOOGLE DOCS

The keyboard shortcuts are always the fastest way to perform any task. Similarly we are lucky that we have as direct keyboard shortcut to make any text as superscripted one.

The keyboard shortcut for making any text as superscript is CTRL+..

Follow the steps to use keyboard shortcut to make any text superscript.

Select the text which you want to make superscripted.

Simply press Control + .

The text will be superscripted as shown in the animated picture below.



SUPERSCRIPT UNICODE REFERENCE TABLE

The table has been created in GOOGLE DOCS using the UNICODE.

The same is pasted here and it can be used directly in our GOOGLE DOCS.

COPY THE SYMBOL AND PASTE IT ANYWHERE.

Copy the superscript under the SYMBOL COLUMN and paste it directly.

SymbolDescriptionDecimal CodeHex Code
Superscript zero or degreeAlt + 83042070
Superscript informationAlt + 83052071
¹Superscript OneAlt+18500B9
²Superscript twoAlt + 17800B2
³Superscript threeAlt + 17900B3
Superscript fourAlt + 83082074
Superscript fiveAlt + 83092075
Superscript sixAlt + 83102076
Superscript sevenAlt + 83112077
Superscript eightAlt + 83122078
Superscript nineAlt + 83132079
Superscript plusAlt + 8314207A
Superscript minusAlt + 8315207B
Superscript equalAlt + 8316207C
Superscript left parenthesisAlt + 8317207D
Superscript right parenthesisAlt + 8318207E
Superscript small letter nAlt + 8319207F
REFERENCE TABLE