How to Type Subscript on Mac Google Docs

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to type subscript in Mac Google Docs. Subscript is a text formatting feature that allows you to lower the baseline of the text, making it appear smaller and slightly below the normal line of text. This is commonly used in mathematical equations, chemical formulas, and footnotes.

Step 1: Open Google Docs

To begin with, open Google Docs on your Mac by going to in your web browser. Sign in to your Google account if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Create a New Document

Click on the “Blank” template or select any existing document where you want to insert subscript text.

Step 3: Type Your Text

Type the text where you want to insert subscript. For example, if you want to type “H2O” which represents water, type “H2O”.

Step 4: Format as Subscript

Select the text that you want to format as subscript. In our case, select the “2” in “H2O”.

  • To format as subscript using keyboard shortcuts, press Command + , (comma).
  • You can also format as subscript by going to the “Format” menu at the top and selecting “Text”. In the dropdown menu that appears, click on “Subscript”.


If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts for formatting as subscript, make sure that your cursor is placed right after or within the text you want to format. Otherwise, the formatting may apply to the entire paragraph or a different section.

Step 5: Verify Subscript

After formatting, you will notice that the selected text is now smaller and slightly below the normal line of text. In our example, “H2O” becomes “H2O”.

Step 6: Continue Typing

You can continue typing your document with regular text or insert more subscript as needed. Repeat steps 3 to 5 whenever you want to format additional text as subscript.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to type subscript in Mac Google Docs. This feature can be helpful for various purposes such as scientific writing, mathematical notations, and more.

Remember to save your document by clicking on the “File” menu at the top and selecting “Save” or using the Command + S keyboard shortcut.

We hope this tutorial was helpful! Happy typing!

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