Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Specifying Superscript Text.

Specifying Superscript Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 2, 2015)

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Excel supports a number of different text attributes that can be applied to the characters in your cells. One of those attributes is superscript, which makes affected text smaller and raises it above the baseline used by surrounding text. Superscript is very helpful to use for scientific formulas. To apply superscript in your text, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell (or information within a cell) that you want to be superscript.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box, with the Font tab selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Font tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  4. Select the Superscript check box.
  5. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10034) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Specifying Superscript Text.

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2015-05-05 14:00:56

Nick

Further to Henri's comment.

I use a user form that I downloaded from http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTips/excel-toolbar-buttons.html

Jon Wittwer whose web site this is, allowed me to share the link but considers the page obsolete.

I have installed the form on Excel 2013 and it works just fine. I run it from a macro button on the ribbon. Basically it uses VBA to do Henri's method. It works on the active cell. Note that you can only format the contents not edit them.


2015-05-05 13:30:23

Nick Kramer

i have long used an Excel User Form that lets me format individual characters in a cell. It was prepared by Jon Witter and he considers it obsolete but has let me post a link, I use it in Excel 2013 and it is easier than the method used above.
Link http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTips/excel-toolbar-buttons.html
Note that the form does not allow adding or deleting from the cell contents.
As well as sub and super script letters can be changed to italic Greek , bold underlined or struck out.


2015-05-04 02:54:42

Henri

The tip above will apply the text attributes to the entire cell. One way of varying the attributes to a string within the same cell is to: 1) Select the cell required 2) Enter edit mode 3) Highlight the portion of text to be modified 4) Apply the formatting techniques described earlier. 5)When complete press enter.
This method allows for colour changes as well within the text in a single cell.


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