How to Type Exponents in a Word Document

By LaDonna Hadley

Learn how to type an exponent in a Microsoft Word 2013 document using the font options in the Home tab.

An exponent is the small number, or sometimes a letter in algebraic equations, that is placed slightly higher and to the right of another number or letter. Used for math statements and measurements, such as 52=25, 33=27 or 1500 ft2, exponents are typed in Microsoft Word 2013 documents using the exponent option.

Step 1

To type an exponent, place the cursor where you want the exponent and then click X2 in the Home tab.

Step 2

Type the exponent.

Step 3

Click X2 again to return to the regular size font.

Tip

After you click X2 everything you type is in the exponent format until you click X2 again. If you want to type a negative exponent, click X2 and then press the minus symbol and the number you want.

How to Change a Character

Highlight and click the exponent option

If you've already typed a character and want to change it to an exponent, highlight the character by clicking and dragging the cursor over it. Click the exponent option.

Character changes to an exponent

The highlighted character updates to exponent form.