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Entering an exponent number on the Mac, e.g. displaying something in the Pages word processor or Numbers spreadsheet in square or cube, is no rocket science. It's even easier to do in Word and similar Office apps. If you want to enter and use exponents - or more scientific: exponents - on your Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook, then simply use one of the following tips and tricks. Because there is not just one, but several ways to get under macOS 2, 3 or . to enter.
The fastest way to get an exponent or a superscript is a keyboard shortcut on Mac OS X and macOS. The shortcut for exponents is used after entering and marking it. So you first enter the number, the variable or the text that you want to increase, then mark it and then press control + command + plus key or [ctrl] + [cmd] + [+]. By the way, you proceed similarly if you want to place characters in lower places. Then you mark the respective characters and press control + command + minus key or [ctrl] + [cmd] + [-]. In this way, exponents and subscripts can be entered on the Mac without having to change anything in the programs or their settings.
Unfortunately, I can't say since when the abovementioned keyboard shortcuts no longer work, but the fact is that they do not change the text for me under macOS Catalina. If a reader has a tip on how to do it with key shortcuts, I'll be happy to add it here.
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Let's start with the simplest office apps, namely the Microsoft Office programs. In the formatting bar of Word, Excel and Co. there is the menu item the corresponding symbol for superscript and subscript characters. Here you just have to mark the corresponding text or the numbers and then click on the menu item. Since most of the free office packages such as OpenOffice are based on Microsoft specifications, they also have such a menu item.
This is not the case with Apple iWork, i.e. Pages, Numbers, Keynote and similar apps that can be used on the Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad. Here you can either use the key combination for the keyboard that I showed you above - or you can fix the lack of options on the toolbar in the program's settings. Because Apple definitely keeps the option open to format numbers in superscript and subscript. To do this, simply click with the right mouse button or with the secondary click of the Apple mouse on the toolbar, select "Customize toolbar ...", drag the desired symbols into the toolbar and then press Escape or [esc] on the keyboard.
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Whether in the Word app, the apps from free "Open" offers or the Pages app from Apple - characters can usually be automatically replaced by others. For example, I have set the two in brackets and the three in brackets to automatically become ² and ³. You can also set the same for ^ 2 and ^ 3 or other strings. To do the whole thing under macOS on the Apple Mac, proceed as follows:
It does not always make sense to go through the above procedure via the system settings of macOS. Because these are applied to all programs (relating to the settings). So if you want to use the app's own resources in Word and Excel, but use shortcuts in Pages and Numbers, then you follow very similar steps in the respective program. For Pages, the procedure for individual number / superscript key combinations is as follows:
Macs superscripts and superscripted variables or other raised characters in word processing and spreadsheets are not difficult to achieve. Whether a key combination for superscripting characters or settings in the system and programs that help - there is always a way. Hopefully this little advisory article could be of help to you. If so - or if you have any further tips and tricks on the subject - please leave a comment;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.