How to Type Squared on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Type Squared on Mac

Have you ever needed to type a number squared on your Mac? Whether you’re working on a math problem or preparing a report, knowing how to type the squared symbol can come in handy.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to type squared on your Mac using simple keyboard shortcuts.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

To type the squared symbol on your Mac using keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

  1. Select the number that you want to square.
  2. Press the Option (⌥) key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding down the Option key, press the number 2 key (²). This will insert the squared symbol next to your selected number.

For example, if you want to type “5 squared,” select the number 5, hold down the Option key, and press the number 2 key. The result will be “5²”.

Method 2: Using Character Viewer

If you prefer using a graphical interface instead of keyboard shortcuts, you can also use the Character Viewer on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Open any text editor, such as TextEdit or Pages.
  2. Place your cursor where you want to insert the squared symbol.
  3. In the top menu bar, click on Edit > Emoji & Symbols (or Special Characters). This will open the Character Viewer window.
  4. In the search box of the Character Viewer, type “superscript” or “exponent” to filter the available symbols.
  5. Scroll down and look for the squared symbol (²).
  6. Double-click on the squared symbol to insert it into your text editor at the cursor position.

By following these steps, you can easily type squared on your Mac using the Character Viewer.


If you are unable to find the squared symbol in the Character Viewer or if the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work, make sure you are using a font that supports this symbol. Some fonts may not have all special characters available.

To change your font, select the text and go to the top menu bar, click on Format > Font > Show Fonts. From there, you can choose a different font that includes the squared symbol.

Now that you know how to type squared on your Mac, you can save time and effort when working with mathematical equations or any other tasks that require superscript numbers. Practice these methods and enhance your productivity on your Mac!

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