Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Abbreviated as sup, a superscript is a character(s) that is half the height of a standard character, and printed higher than the rest of the text. An example of superscript is shown below.

Normal Text Superscript Text

Creating superscript in Microsoft Word

Subscript in Microsoft Word

To superscript text in Microsoft Word, highlight the text you want to superscript and then click the superscript button, which is the X2 option in the Font section of the toolbar.


You can also highlight the text you want to superscript and press and hold down the Ctrl key, Shift key, and press the + on the top row of your keyboard.

Creating superscript in HTML

To superscript text in HTML, use the opening and closing <sup> tags as shown in the following example.

Normal Text <sup>Superscript Text</sup>

Why would anyone need to use superscript?

  • As a reference marker, where a superscript number follows a statement and the corresponding reference is placed in the footer or bottom of the page.
  • In mathematics, a superscript number is also used to represent an exponent.
  • To show standard abbreviations like the Copyright mark, trademark, and registered mark.
  • Ordinal indicators such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 10°.

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