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I have to write equations that have a lot of subscripts. What is the shortcut key in Microsoft Office to write subscripts in equations?

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Office 2007 (for Word) and 2010 (more widely) has a completely new equation editor compared to previous versions. So, what version of Office? –  Richard Apr 7 '10 at 9:54
The newest version. –  Phenom Apr 7 '10 at 13:57

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In Office's built-in equation editor you can type ^ (caret) for superscript followed by your text, and subscript is _ (underscore) followed by the text.

You must enter a space after entering. For example,

e_r SPACE next letter 

will give you


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For example

  • a1 consists of 2
  • b1 =a1^2 displays 4
  • c1 @sum(a1^3) displays 8
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*Superscript: Press CTRL+SHIFT+ =

*Subscript: Press CTRL+ =

Supposedly. I don't have Office so i can't confirm this, but it's what a Google search got me. Let me know if it works!

EDIT: apperently for equation manager CTRL+L does subscript while CTRL+H does superscript. Once again. i googled it so it would be awesome if someone could check it out.

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Those are the usual shortcuts for general text, but operations in the equation editor are rather different (for a start there are many more options for sub- and super-script layout). –  Richard Apr 7 '10 at 9:55
None of the shortcuts mentioned work. –  Phenom Apr 16 '10 at 19:30

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