When creating mathematical equations in Microsoft Word, use the superscript controls on the Font group or the Font dialog box to apply formatting to squared numbers. Alternately, use Word's Equation Editor to automatically make squared numbers display in the correct format.

## Superscript Button

Highlight the number, and then click the **Home** tab. In the Font group, click **x ^{2}** Superscript button. The number appears smaller and partially above the line of text.

The Superscript button also works as a toggle — when you select it and type new characters, they will appear directly in superscript form.

### Tip

- To undo the action, highlight the number, and then click the Superscript button.
- The keyboard shortcut
**Ctrl-Shift-+**performs the same function as clicking the Superscript button.

## Superscript Formatting Option

Highlight the number, and then right-click the highlighted area and select **Font**. Check the box next to **Superscript**, and then click **OK**.

## Equation Editor

Click **Equation** under the Insert tab. Enter your equation into the box that shows up, using the caret (^) symbol to indicate a squared number. For example, to enter 3 squared, type **3^2**. Keep adding to the equation or press **Enter**, and the number automatically converts to 3^{2}.

### Tip

Click the **arrow-shaped** button next to the Equation box and use the options under **Justification** to move the box to the left, center or right of the document.