How to Add Exponents in Word

By Grant D. McKenzie

Word processors such as Microsoft Word have a wide range of uses. Some of these, such as adding tables or formatting columns, are relatively easy to use. Building mathematical equations in Word, however, takes time and patience, especially for advanced topics such as engineering math and calculus. Microsoft Word does have an equation editor that makes this process a little easier, but the editor itself can be difficult at times. Fortunately, simple mathematical operations such as exponents are very easy to add to a document.

Adding Exponents to a Word Document

Step 1

Type the base number and its exponent side-by-side. If you were typing the numbers for "three squared," you would type "32."

Step 2

Select the exponent and then right-click it. Click "Font..." in the pop-up menu that appears.

Step 3

Select the checkbox for "Superscript" in the "Effects" section. Click "OK."

Adding Exponents Together in Word

Step 1

Click "Table" on the menu bar and select "Formula...."

Step 2

Type your exponent equation, without spaces, into the formula text box after the "=" symbol. Use the caret to denote exponents. Example: 3^2 + 4^7.

Step 3

Click "OK." The solution will appear in the document just after the cursor.