As you must have noticed, there are no exponents on your computer keyboard. This can be a real problem, especially if you’re typing mathematical equations or numerical expressions on your computer.

You can get exponents on your computer by typing **Ctrl + Shift + =** to activate the **superscript feature** on any MS Office program. You can also copy the symbol from a webpage or your computer’s character map and paste it where needed. Alternatively, you can use the **caret (^) symbol** or **double (**) asterisk** to represent the exponent.

*This article explains four ways to type exponents on your computer. We also provided an alternative that involves using caret or double asterisks. This alternative serves the same purpose but isn’t as pleasing to the eye. *

## Method #1: Using Shortcut Keys on Your Computer

You can combine special keys to get the exponent function on your computer. For **Windows**, the shortcut keys only apply to keyboards with **numerical keypads**. Also, the method only works for exponents from **one to three**. The command is **Alt + 0185** **for** **exponent one**, **Alt + 0178 for exponent two**, and **Alt + 0179 for exponent three**.

### Shortcut Keys for Exponent on Windows

- Open your
**Notepad**. - Click the place you would like to insert the exponent.
- Press and hold the
**Alt key**. - While holding, type the
**alt code**(the four-digit number) for the exponent symbol you need using the numeric keypad. -
**Release**your hold on the Alt key.

### Shortcut Keys for Exponent on Mac

- Put the
**insertion cursor**where you would like to insert the exponent. - Press
**Shift + Cmd + plus (+)**. The combination of the three keys would activate the exponent format. - To return the computer to normal mode, press
**Shift + Cmd + plus (+)**again.

## Method #2: Using the Copy and Paste Method

To use the copy and paste method, follow these steps.

- Open a
**webpage**. - Type and
**search for the exponent**using a search engine. -
**Copy**the symbol from the search result. -
**Paste**the exponent using the shortcut key (**Ctrl + V**).

## Method #3: Using the MS Office Suite

You may use any of the **MS Office** programs for this method. There are two options for this method, and the first one is more straightforward, but they are both equally effective.

### Using Superscript Symbol on the Home Tab

- Open
**Microsoft Word**. - On the
**“Home**” tab, go to the font type and size section**.** - Below the font box, you’ll see a symbol representing
**superscript (x**; click on it. Alternatively, you can press^{2})**Ctrl + Shift + =**to enable the superscript feature. -
**Type any number**, and it will appear as a superscript. - To return to the standard format, click on the
**superscript symbol**again.

### Using the Insert Tab

- Launch
**Microsoft Word**. - Click the area where you want to insert the symbol.
- Click the
**“Insert**” tab at the top of the MS Office page. - Tap the
**symbol****icon**at the right end of the “Insert” tab. - Click
**“More Symbols**” to open the dialog box. - Click the drop-down icon for the subset box and select
**“Superscripts and Subscripts**“. - Choose the appropriate exponent you want and click
**“Insert**“.

## Method #4: Using the Character Map

This method is exclusively for Windows computers. The **Character Map** is an inbuilt app on your Windows computer containing several characters and symbols you won’t find on your keyboard. To type exponent using a character map, follow these steps.

- Click the
**Start button**. - Search for
**“Character Map**“. - Click to open the
**Character Map**application. - Click on the
**“Advanced View**” check box - Type
**“superscript**” in the search box and click**“search**“. It would display a list of exponents from**1 to 9**. - Select the exponent you need by
**double-clicking**it or clicking the select button towards the bottom of the app page. - Click
**“Copy**” to copy the exponent. - Go to where you want to use the exponent and
**paste**it using the shortcut key (**Ctrl + V**).

The simple text editors on your computer don’t have the exponent function. If you don’t want to use the methods above, some symbols can be used to represent the exponent.

**Caret** **(^)** – Place your insertion cursor where you want to use the exponent; press **Ctrl + 6** to derive the **caret** symbol. Then, type the exponent symbol immediately after the caret.

**Double Asterisk (**)** – Place your insertion cursor where you want to use the exponent; press **Ctrl + 8** twice to derive the two asterisks. Then, type the exponent symbol immediately after the second asterisk.

## Conclusion

Although the exponent symbol was not designed on the keyboard, there are ways you can work around this problem. Choose any method explained in the article and follow the steps to derive your exponent symbol.