Google Docs is expanding its reach with the growing number of Gmail as well as Gsuite users and has been getting ready to challenge Microsoft’s Word — though only in the online world. Google Docs streamlines documentation online as users are not only able to create documents but also share and edit them online — including Word files. They can also leave comments, making it easier for the author to revise the piece.
If you’re starting with Google Docs, here are a few tips that will help you superscript, subscript and strike-through in Google Docs. There are two ways to do this on Google Docs for PC — you can either use the keyboard shortcuts or Google Docs toolbar to make these changes. You can also find our short guide to use superscript, subscript and strikethrough tools in Google Docs app.
How to Superscript, Subscript and Strikethrough on PC?
Via keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are the most accessible, quickest and easiest ways to get things done on a PC. The following ones are a bit confusing, so we’ve mentioned the shortcut keys in text too.
- Superscript in Google Docs: Ctrl + . (Press the Control/Command key, then the plus sign key, followed by the full-stop key).
- Subscript in Google Docs: Ctrl + , (Press the Control/Command key, then the plus sign key, followed by the comma key).
- Strikethrough in Google Docs: Alt + Shift + 5 (Press the Alt key, then the Shift key, followed by the numeric 5 key).
Via the Menu?
If the shortcuts mentioned above aren’t working for you, you can also follow the steps below to subscript, superscript and strikethrough text in Google Docs.
- From the toolbar at the top, click on Format.
- Then from the dropdown menu, click on Text.
- You’ll see the Strike-through, Superscript and Subscript options, alongside corresponding keyboard shortcuts. Click on the function you wish to perform.
How to Superscript, Subscript and Strikethrough on Google Docs app?
- Open your document in the Google Docs app for iOS or Android, and highlight the part that you want to superscript, subscript or strikethrough.
- Look for the symbol with an uppercase ‘A’ in the toolbar at the top and tap on it.
- A menu will appear in the bottom half of the screen. The symbols are marked in the screenshot above in the following order: Strikethrough, Superscript and Subscript.
Hoping this short guide was useful for you.
Just in case you hadn’t heard, Google Docs was also updated last month with the ability to display word counts on the lower-left corner of the document while you’re typing.
Earlier users had to go to Tools and then click on Word count to learn the number of words, pages and characters in the document, and following the update users will be able to see word counts in Google Docs while they’re typing — just like you’re able to see it in other popular writing software like Microsoft Word. Check out our guide where we talk about how to see word counts in Google Docs while typing.