To make the symbol "to the cube" (small 3 above a number) under Windows :
The symbol " square" (small 2 above a number, ex: 10²) means that the number annotated with this symbol must be squared, in other words to the power of 2 (ex: 10² = 10 * 10 = 100)
To make this symbol in a word processor :
- The keys combination is Alt + 2 5 3 : Keep the key Alt down (the key to the left of the space bar), then type in the numbers 2, 5 and 3 and finally release Alt key.
To make the symbol "to the square" (small 2 above a number) under Mac / Apple:
- First type the number "2" where you want it to be squared then
- Select the number 2 with your mouse (it must be highlighted) then
- Do the following key combination: Cmd ⌘ + ⇧ Shift + +
Example: 1m2 -> 1m2 -> Cmd ⌘ + ⇧ Shift + + -> 1m²
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 2.
" 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.