How to quickly type subscript and superscript in Google docs

Superscript or subscript is a text, number, figure, symbol, or indicator that is smaller than the normal font and is displayed slightly above (superscript) or below (subscript) it. If you are migrating from popular documentation software like Ms Word or you are new to Google docs, then typing subscript or superscript in Google docs can be a bit of task. This blog covers three different ways (Format Menu, Keyboard Shortcut and Magic Search) by which you can type subscript or superscript in Google docs.

Method 1: Format Tab

  • Either place the cursor where you want to start subscript or superscript or select the text that you need as subscript or superscript.
  • Go to Format > Text and click Subscript or Superscript.
Locate subscript or superscript option in google docs

Method 2: Keyboard Shortcut

Alternatively, you use the following Google docs shortcut for subscript or superscript instead of using the above method.

You can quickly search any Google docs shortcut using Ctrl + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or ⌘ + / (Mac).

OSSubscript Shortcut Superscript Shortcut
Windows PC & Chrome OSCtrl + ,Ctrl + .
Mac⌘ + ,⌘ + .

Method 3: Magic Search

Open search menu (I call it magic search) using Alt + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or Option + / (Mac). Search and select subscript / superscript (or any desired task say bold, italics, insert page break etc) to apply it. We can do all this without leaving keyboard and wasting time.

All in one Google docs shortcut
All in one shortcut – Google Docs

This method provides a quick way to search and apply any shortcut. This is the best feature of Google Docs which is not available in proprietary software like Ms Word.


Three different ways to add subscript and superscript are:

Format Tab Go to Format > Text and select subscript Go to Format > Text and select subscript
Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl + , (Windows & Chrome OS) or ⌘ + , (Mac Os) Ctrl + . (Windows & Chrome OS) or ⌘ + .(Mac Os)
Magic SearchAlt + / and then search & select subscript Alt + / and then search & select superscript

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