How to make the "cubed" symbol (small 3 above a number)

To make the "cubed" symbol (small 3 above a number) under Windows :

The symbol " cubed " (small 3 above a number, ex: 10³) means that the number annotated with this symbol must be cubed, in other words to the power of 3 (ex: 10³ = 10 * 10 * 10 = 1000)

To make this symbol in a word processor :

- The keys combination is Alt 0 1 7 9 : Keep the key Alt down (the key to the left of the space bar), then type in the numbers 0, 1, 7 and 9 and finally release Alt key. 

On some keyboard configuration, the following shortcut could also work : type in Alt + 2 5 2  in a word processing insert (internet forum, comment zone ...).

 

To make the symbol "cubed" symbol (small 3 above a number) under Mac / Apple:

  • First type the number 3 where you want it to be cubed then
  • Select the number 3 with your mouse (it must be highlighted) then
  • Do the following key combination: Cmd ⌘ + ⇧ Shift + +

    Example: 1m3 -> 1m3 -> Cmd ⌘ + ⇧ Shift + + -> 1m³

The Cmd ⌘ key can also be the "Apple" key, but it's usually the key just to the left of the Space bar.

This technique works for any superscript number, not just 3.


Troubleshooting
I don't have a numeric keypad on my keyboard, what should I do? "
  • If you don't have a numeric keypad on your keyboard, make sure you have activated the function Num Lock . If not, press the Fn + button Num Lock

  • If you do not have the function Num Lock on your keyboard, try first pressing the key  Fn and then performing the combination with   Alt described in the previous paragraph.

  • If you still can't do it, don't hesitate to copy and paste the symbol from this article to the location of your choice.

I have a Mac / Macbook / Apple computer "

If you have a Mac / Apple keyboard, the technique is the same. The Alt ⌥ key can also be called  Option ⌥ but it is always the key just to the left of the Space bar.

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