How to Superscript and Subscript in Google Slides

Add notations, citations, and more to your presentations

A lot of time and effort goes into creating a Google Slides presentation and people notice the details on every slide. If you would normally call out a notation or formula, use a mathematical equation, or share other information that requires superscript or subscript in a written document, you can easily add subscript or superscript in Google Slides using the Format menu.

Both superscript and subscript can indicate footnotes, call out citations such as trademarks, and be embedded into mathematical or scientific equations. Here are some examples:

  • Trademarks and service marks, for instance, are written in superscript like this: TrademarkTM
  •  A mathematical equation, however, might use subscripting like this: An=An-1+An-2. Chemistry compounds, like H2O, use subscripting as well.

The Easy Way to Add Superscript in Google Slides

To add superscript to a slide, follow these steps:

  1. On your slide, highlight the text you want to superscript.

  2. Click Format.

  3. Click Text.

  4. Click Superscript.

    Google Slides Superscript menu options

How to Add Subscript to Google Slides

To add subscript to text in a slide, follow these steps:

  1. On your slide, highlight the text you want to subscript.

  2. Click Format.

  3. Click Text.

  4. Click Subscript.

    Google Slides Subscript menu options

How to Insert Special Characters to Add Superscript or Subscript

If you're looking for something a little fancier to add to your slides or you need to insert a certain character, such as a Greek symbol, you can use a tool called Insert Special Characters to get the job done. This option lets you select specific characters that you can't otherwise add in Slides.

To open and use the Insert Special Characters menu, follow these steps:

  1. Place your cursor at the location where you want the special character to be inserted.

  2. Click Insert.

  3. Click Special Characters.

  4. When the Insert Special Characters menu box appears, type Subscript or Superscript into the Search box. Your specific search will bring up a selection of menu items to choose from. In this example, we entered Subscript.

    Google Slides Insert Special Characters subscript menu options
  5. Select the search result option you want to use.

  6. Slides will automatically add it to your document wherever you have placed your cursor.

How to Undo Superscript or Subscript in Slides

If you change your mind about superscripting or subscripting something, just follow the same steps used to add the feature to a word. That process reverses the actions used to add superscript or subscript to your slide.