How to Do Subscript in Google Docs

Use the steps below to add subscript in a Google Docs document.

  1. Sign into Google Drive and open a Docs file.

    Go to to view your Google drive files directly.
    sign into Google Drive

  2. Select text to switch to subscript, or place your cursor where you wish to add subscript text.

    You can select text by placing your cursor next to it, then holding and dragging to select the desired text.
    select the text for the subscript

  3. Click the “Format” tab at the top of the window.

    It’s between the “Insert” tab and the “Tools” tab.
    click the Format tab

  4. Choose the “Text” option, then click the “Subscript” option.

    Alternatively you can use the keyboard shortcut of “Ctrl + ,” to apply subscript formatting as well.
    how to do subscript in Google Docs

The steps above were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser in Windows 10. These steps also work in other desktop Web browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Google Docs provides many of the formatting options that you may need to apply to the content in your document.

While certain formatting options like bold, italics, and underline are easily found in the toolbar above the document, other options, like subscript, may not be as easy to locate.

Fortunately there are a number of additional text formatting options in the “Format” menu at the top of the window.

The steps above outline how to use subscript in Google Docs by either selecting existing text that you wish to turn into subscript, or by clicking at the point in the document where you wish to start typing subscript text.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get out of subscript in Google Docs?

You can exit “subscript mode” in Google Docs by moving your cursor to other, regular, existing text in the document, or by going to Format > Text and clicking Subscript again.

How do I use superscript in Google Docs?

The superscript option in Google Docs is found on the same menu as the subscript option. Go to Format > Text and click Superscript. You can also use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + . to switch to superscript mode.

How can I remove subscript formatting from text in Google Docs?

You can remove subscript formatting in Google Docs by highlighting the subscript text with your mouse, then going to Format > Text and clicking the Subscript option again.

How do I clear formatting in Google Docs?

While clear formatting won’t work to remove subscript that has been applied to text, it can remove other formatting. You can find the Clear formatting button at the right end of the toolbar above the document. The button looks like a T with a diagonal slash through it.

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