Superscripts are text or characters written above lines of other text. Common examples are footnotes and counts, like 5^{th}. Let’s learn **how to add superscript to Microsoft Excel.**

### How to Add Superscript in Microsoft Excel

Excel makes adding superscripts a breeze. These are best used for text applications. If you need to raise a number to a power, check out our tutorial on exponents in Excel.

Imagine you have a list of names, and you want to list them in order of 1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, and so forth.

Begin by clicking into cell **A2**. Then, type out **1st** in plain text. As you can see, Excel won’t automatically apply a superscript to the **st** portion of your text.

Highlight the text or characters that you want to apply a superscript to. In this case, that’s st. Then, on your keyboard, type **Ctrl + 1.**

This launches the **Format Cells** menu. In the lower left of the dialogue box, notice the three Effects: **Strikethrough**, **Superscript**, and **Subscript**.

In this case, we need **Superscript**, so click on the adjacent text box.

Finally, press **OK**. As you can see, Excel applies the superscript, giving you the desired **1****st** result. Repeat these steps for your other data to complete the list.

### How to Remove Superscripts in Microsoft Excel

Suppose you’re working in a list with superscripts, but need them removed. Fortunately, this is easy with Excel. In essence, you repeat the same steps as above. Highlight the superscript, then press **Ctrl + 1** again. This time, uncheck the **Superscript** box, then press **OK**. Plain text will be restored.

### Potential Uses for Superscripts in Microsoft Excel

Wondering when to use superscripts in Excel? Consider these examples:

- Counts like the example above (1
^{st}, 2^{nd}) - Citations and references (This is a fact
^{25}) - Symbols (Trademark
^{TM})

As you can see, it’s simple to add superscripts in Microsoft Excel. This helps you style text exactly as you want.