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.

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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