How Do I Type in a Lower Case Number Two for an Exponent?

By Si Kingston

An exponent symbolizes the number of times to multiply a base number by itself. The exponent must sit to the right of the base number, and must be smaller and raised slightly higher than the base number. If the exponent number doesn't appear smaller and higher than the base, a reader will not know that the number is indeed an exponent and will not perform the correct calculation. In Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, you must use the superscript option to type an exponent.

Microsoft Word

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Type the exponent number next to the base number. For example, if your base number is 3 and the exponent is 2. Enter 32.

Step 3

Highlight the exponent number with the cursor.

Step 4

Click the "Home" tab in Office 2007 or in older versions click "Format." Then choose the "Font" tab.

Step 5

Select "Superscript" and click "OK." The exponent will appear smaller and raised higher than the base.

WordPerfect

Step 1

Type the exponent and move the cursor to the left of the exponent.

Step 2

Highlight the exponent with the mouse.

Step 3

Choose the "Format" menu and select "Font."

Step 4

Click "Position" on the Font tab.

Step 5

Click "Superscript Positions" from the menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • As an alternative to selecting the menu option, hold the "CTRL" and "SHIFT" and the number of the exponent at one time.