How to make the symbol "squared" (small 2 above a number)


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.


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.
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