How To Do Subscript In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a subscript in google docs.

How To Do Subscript In Google Docs

If you’re working in Google Docs, you may find yourself needing to write text in subscripts.

Subscripts are small characters that are slightly below the general text line. They are often seen in scientific and mathematical formulas and equations, as well as in chemical notation.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to do subscript in Google Docs. We’ll explain how to add subscripts for one character, as well as for entire words or phrases. We’ll also show you a few shortcuts that can help you quickly add subscripts to your documents.

How to Add a Subscript in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a subscript in google docs.

Step 1

First, select the text you want to convert into a subscript. In the example below, we want to add a ‘1’ subscript after the x variable.

Step 2

Next, click on Format > Text > Subscript.

Step 3

The selected text should now be formatted as a subscript.

Step 4

We can also use keyboard shortcuts to add subscripts to our text. In Windows, press Ctrl + “,” (Ctrl and the comma key). Mac users will need to press ⌘ + “,” (Command and the comma key).

Step 5

We can also add a subscript through the Insert Special Characters feature. First, place your cursor where you want to add the subscript.

In our example, we want to add a subscript of ‘0’ after the y variable.

Step 6

Next, click on Insert > Special characters.

Step 7

You can find all available subscript characters in the Symbol > Subscript category.

Step 8

Clicking on your desired subscript character will add said character where your cursor was placed.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to add a subscript in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.