How to Put a Subscript in PowerPoint

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You can make specific characters -- or entire words -- subscript in Microsoft PowerPoint, a handy feature when you write formulas. Subscript numbers are required by chemical formulas, where they represent the number of atoms. Use a keyboard shortcut to make the characters subscript.

Tip

    • To position the characters lower when making them subscript, change their offset value from the Font dialog.
    • Don't forget to save the presentation periodically to avoid losing your work in case PowerPoint crashes. Office software automatically saves your documents every 10 minutes.
    • PowerPoint can also make characters -- or entire words -- superscript, if you need to type math equations.

Using the Keyboard Shortcut

Select the characters you want to make subscript -- you can select individual characters, words and even entire phrases. Press Ctrl-= (Control-Equal) to make the selection subscript.

The default offset of minus 25 percent is applied automatically when you use the keyboards shortcut. You can't manually specify the offset unless you use the Font dialog.

Tip

  • The keyboard shortcut to make characters superscript is Ctrl-Shift-+ (Control-Shift-Plus).

Using the Font Dialog

Step 1

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Open the presentation you want to edit in PowerPoint and then select the character you want to make subscript.

Tip

  • You don't have to repeat the procedure for every number in your formula. You can select several characters by holding Ctrl and selecting each one, and then use the procedure to make all of them subscript.

Step 2

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Right-click one of the selected characters and select Font from the context menu to display the Font dialog.

Step 3

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Check the Subscript box to make the selection subscript. To change the offset of the characters, type a new, negative value into the Offset box.

Click OK to apply the subscript style to the selected characters and then press Ctrl-S to save the changes.

Tip

    • The default offset value is minus 25 percent.
    • You can also make all characters small caps or all caps by checking the Small Caps or All Caps box.
    • To strike through the characters, check the Strikethrough or Double Strikethrough box.
    • Underline the selection by selecting a style from the Underline Style drop-down box or change the color of the characters by selecting a different color from the Font Color drop-down box.
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