How to write a subscript with your keyboard (small number below your text)

Do you want to write a chemical formula with numbers or symbols under letters (subscript) in software like Microsoft Word or OpenOffice? Follow this method:

In Microsoft tools: Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc ...

  • The easiest way is to select the number or letter to be subscripted then to use the following keyboard shortcutCtrl + =  (ie the "+ =" key to the left of the Return key) .
    • Example: H2O
      • Write H20, select the "2"and make the combination "  Ctrl + =  --> H2O

In Open Office

  • The simplest is to select the number or the letter to be subscripted then to use the following keyboard shortcut :  Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + B (i.e. : Ctrl + Shift + B)
    • Example: H2O
      • We write H20 , we select the 2 and we do the combination:  Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + B --> H2O

Bonus: put a number or a symbol in superscript

Conversely, to put a number or a symbol in superscript (example: Fe2+ ), we will use the combination:

  • Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + =  in Microsoft tools (Word, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + P in Open Office
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