When you're writing about anything involving math using a word processing program, you need to get comfortable with using a wide range of symbols that don't come up in everyday writing. Along with the multiplication and division signs, the squared symbol (^{2}) is one of the most common symbols you need. The symbol is easy to attain if you use the *copy and paste* method, but you can raise a number to any power with the use of the *superscript* function included with word processing programs. You can also use an *alt code* to create the symbol if you prefer.

## Copy and Paste Symbols: Squared

Creating the math symbol for squared using the familiar copy and paste procedure is easy. You need to locate an example of the symbol you're looking for, such as this squared symbol: ^{2}. Highlight it with your mouse and press **Control** and **C** at the same time to copy it, or right-click and choose **Copy** from the menu that appears. Then, go to the place in the document you want the squared symbol to appear and press **Control** and **V** simultaneously, or right-click and choose **Paste** from the options.

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## Squared Symbol With Superscript

Although using the copy and paste approach is the easiest way to create the squared symbol, using the superscript feature on your word processing program is a much more versatile way to achieve the same thing. As well as creating the squared symbol, you can use this same approach to type the cubed symbol (^{3}) or to raise a number to any other power.

In Microsoft Word, the superscript symbol **x ^{2}** is located in the

**Font**group of the

**Home**tab or by pressing

**Control**,

**Shift**and

**+**. Click the

**superscript symbol**and then type a

**2**to create a squared symbol. Alternatively, you can type the

**2**first, highlight it and then click the

**superscript symbol**to turn it into the squared symbol. You can type anything – including letters, symbols and other numbers – and make it superscript using this same approach.

The approach for other word processing programs is similar. For example, in Google Docs, you access the superscript option through the menus at the top of the screen by going to **Format**, **Text** and then clicking **Superscript**. Alternatively, you can activate the option by pressing **Control** and period (**.**) together. In Pages for macOS, go to **Format** in the menu bar, and select **Font**, **Baseline** and **Superscript** to access the feature.

## Alt Code for Squared Symbol

Alt codes are often a simpler way of writing out symbols, and there is an alt code if you want to type the squared symbol. The main requirement of using this method is that your keyboard has to have a separate number pad, and **Num Lock** must be on so you can type numbers using it.

To create the squared symbol using alt codes, press **Alt** and type **0178** on the number pad. This displays a squared symbol on Windows platforms and web browsers. There is also an alt code for a cubed symbol, **0179**, which you type in after holding **Alt** in the same way as the squared symbol.

## Creating a Box Symbol

What if you're looking for an actual square symbol (□) rather than a squared symbol? In other words, what if you want to type a box in the text? You can do this in Microsoft Word by going to **Symbol**, which is in the **Symbols** group of the **Insert** tab, and clicking **More Symbols** to open the **Symbol** window.

Navigate to **Geometric Shapes** in the **Subset** field and then search for the square you want. Choose from a black square, a white square, a square with rounded corners and several other complex options.