How to Type Superscript Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

To type superscript on a Mac, you can use a simple keyboard shortcut or utilize the character viewer. Superscript is commonly used in mathematical equations, chemical formulas, footnotes, and other scientific notations. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to easily type superscript on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

The quickest way to type superscript on a Mac is by using a keyboard shortcut. Follow these steps:

  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert the superscript.
  2. Press Command + Control + Spacebar simultaneously to open the Character Viewer.
  3. In the Character Viewer window, click on the Superscript category located on the left-hand side.
  4. Select the desired superscript character from the available options and click on it to insert it at your cursor’s location.

Method 2: Using HTML tags

If you are working with HTML documents or need to display superscripts on a webpage, you can use HTML tags to achieve this effect. Here’s how:

  • <sup>: The <sup> tag is used to create superscript text within an HTML document. Simply wrap the text you want to make superscripted with <sup> and </sup> tags. For example: <sup>x</sup>.
  • <sub>: The <sub> tag is used for subscript text within an HTML document. It works similarly to the <sup> tag but creates smaller text that appears below the baseline. For example: <sub>y</sub>.


Let’s say you want to display the chemical formula for water, H2O, with the ‘2’ subscripted. You can achieve this by using the following HTML code:


This will render as: H2O.

Method 3: Using Special Characters Palette

Mac provides a Special Characters palette that allows you to easily insert special characters and symbols, including superscript characters. Here’s how to access it:

  • Go to Edit > Emoji & Symbols, or use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + Spacebar.
  • The Character Viewer window will open. In the search bar, type “superscript” to filter the available characters.
  • Select the desired superscript character from the list and click on it to insert it at your cursor’s location.
  • With these methods, typing superscript on a Mac becomes a breeze. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or HTML tags, or even accessing special characters directly through the Character Viewer, now you have multiple options at your disposal.

    Happy typing!

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