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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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type Alt+=, to start an equation. type V than an underscore and a space, it will display a box in the subscript next to "V" type in anything in the subscript box. For example Vmax.

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This duplicates another answer and adds no new content. Please don't post an answer unless you actually have something new to contribute. –  DavidPostill Jun 26 at 10:09

Any of the answers suggested above did not directly work for me. However, I cracked the problem with a little clarification.

To subscript a character in equation editor:
1. Type an underscore '_'.
2. Press the space bar
3. This creates a small dotted box in the subscript.
4. click on the box and type the text that has to go in the subscript.

To Superscript:
Repeat all above steps with a carat '^' instead of an underscore.

Note: The above was tried on Microsoft word 2013.

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If you have to write lots of equation (mostly scientific with some greek symbols etc) than there is hidden shortcut in MS Word which has to be activated manually by user. This method is fantastic and is nicely explained in https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbTE-xLDPxtBP-TE2fS1MysSqFCkHh1N3

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Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link, as the answer can become invalid if the linked page changes or the target site is unreachable/permanently offline. –  DavidPostill Nov 13 '14 at 17:53

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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