To subscript text in Microsoft Word (lowering it below the baseline), follow these steps:

  1. Select the Text:
    • Use your mouse to highlight the text you want to format as subscript.
  2. Use the Ribbon:
    • Go to the “Home” tab on the Ribbon.
    • In the “Font” group, find the “X₂” (which represents subscript) and click it.
    • Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut:
      • Windows: Ctrl + = (equal sign)
      • Mac: Command + = (equal sign)
  3. Review the Applied Formatting:
    • The selected text will now be formatted as subscript, appearing lower than the surrounding text.

Additional Tips:

  • If you want to remove the subscript formatting, follow the same steps. Select the text, go to the “Home” tab, click the “X₂” subscript button again, or use the keyboard shortcut.
  • You can apply subscript to individual characters, numbers, or entire words.
  • Subscript is often used for chemical formulas, mathematical notations, and footnotes.
  • The specific layout and options might vary slightly depending on your version of Microsoft Word, but subscript is a common and widely supported formatting feature.

These steps should help you easily format text as subscript in your Microsoft Word document.

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