How to Undo Raised Numbers in Word 2013

Numbers and letters that appear smaller, and are raised above the line in a Word document, are called superscript. This formatting is common when writing math equations, and also for the formatting of ordinals like 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. However, not everyone wants to use that type of notation, so you may be looking for a way to remove existing superscript from your document.

Our guide below will show you how to clear existing superscript formatting, as well as how to change the default Word 2013 settings that are often the cause of its appearance.


How to Remove Superscript Formatting in Word 2013

The steps in this guide will show you how to select text that has superscript formatting, then remove it. The result will be text that is on the same default baseline as the rest of your text. If you would like to prevent Word 2013 from automatically adding superscript to text that it thinks should be superscript, then we will show you how to change that option at the end of this tutorial.

Step 1: Open the document containing the superscripting that you would like to remove.


Step 2: Use your mouse to highlight the superscript text.

remove existing superscripting in word 2013 - step 1



Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

word 2013 remove raised number formatting - step 2



Step 4: Click the Superscript button in the Font section of the ribbon.

how to clear superscript in microsoft word - step 3



If you have a string of text containing superscript formatting, as we do in the same images above, then you can highlight all of the text, then click the Superscript button twice. The first time you click the button, all of the text will become superscript. The second time you click the button, all of the superscript formatting will be removed.


Turning Off the Word 2013 Options That Insert Raised Numbers By Default

Now that we have seen how to remove the raised number formatting that already exists, we can change the options that cause it to happen in the first place.

Step 1: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

disable default superscript - step 1



Step 2: Click Options at the bottom of the column on the left.

turn off automatic superscript in word - step 2



Step 3: Click Proofing in the left column of the Word Options window.

stop ordinal superscript word - step 3



Step 4: Click the AutoCorrect Options button.

click the autocorrect options button



Step 5: Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

change autoformat superscript - step 5



Step 6: Uncheck the box to the left of Ordinals (1st) with superscript. You can also click the box to the left of Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (1/2) to stop that formatting as well. Click the AutoFormat tab next.

stop default automatic superscript in word 2013 - step 6



Step 7: Clear the checkboxes to the left of Ordinals (1st) with superscript and (optionally) Fractions (1/2) with fraction character(1/2), then click the OK button to close and save your changes.

no more automatic raised numbers for 1st, 2nd, 3rd - step 7



If there is a lot more formatting that you would like to remove from your document, then it can be time consuming to remove each formatting element individually. This article – – will show you how to quickly clear all formatting from a text selection.

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