As I was recently writing a piece on how to superscript in Google Docs which went into a bit more detail about this specific feature than our big list of Google Docs hotkeys article, I thought it might be nice to share the instructions on how to do “subscript” in Google’s market leading word processing and collaborative document preparation tool!
What is subscript
Subscript text is text which displays “below” the rest of the line of text, for example like this.
When might subscript be useful
Subscript text is useful in situations where you want to display a formula, particular a scientific formula, in your text. For example, this is water:
Alternatively, here is carbon dioxide with the 2 sub-scripted:
How to make text subscript in Google Docs
In Google Docs, to make text display at or below the baseline, then do the following:
- Highlight the text you wish to subscript; then
CTRL + ,
Specifically this means you should press the CTRL and the comma key at the same time.
Using the Special Characters Tool
If you can’t get that to work, try using the special character tool by going to Insert > Special Characters > Search for “subscript” and choose your special character like this:
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