How to type Superscript 1 symbol in Word/Excel (on Keyboard)

In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use some keyboard shortcuts to type the Superscript 1 Symbol (text) in Word/Excel using the Windows PC.

Just before we begin, I’ll like to tell you that you can also use the button below to copy and paste the Superscript 1 sign into your work for free.

However, if you just want to type this symbol on Word with your keyboard, the actionable steps below will show you everything you need to know.

Superscript 1 Symbol [¹] Quick Guide

To type the Superscript 1 Symbol in Microsoft Word, press down the Alt key and type 0185 using the numeric keypad, then let go of the Alt key. This shortcut works anywhere on Windows.

Below table contains all the information you need to type this Symbol in Word using the keyboard.

Symbol NameSuperscript 1
Symbol Text¹
Alt Code0185
superscript 1 Symbol Alt Code

The quick guide above provides some useful shortcuts and alt codes on how to type the Superscript 1 symbol in Word.

For more details, below are some other methods you can also use to insert this symbol into your work such as Word or Excel document.

How to type Superscript 1 Symbol [text] in Word/Excel

Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing Superscript 1 Symbol or inserting symbols that do not have dedicated keys on the keyboard.

In this section, I will make available for you several different methods you can use to type or insert this and any other symbol on your PC, like in MS Office (ie. Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) for Windows users.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Using the Superscript 1 Symbol Alt Code

The Superscript 1 Symbol alt code is 0185.

Even though this Symbol has no dedicated key on the keyboard, you can still type it on the keyboard with the Alt code method.

To do this, press and hold the Alt key whilst pressing the Superscript 1 Alt code (i.e. 0185) using the numeric keypad.

superscript 1 Symbol Alt Code

This method works on Windows only. And your keyboard must also have a numeric keypad.

Below is a break-down of the steps you can take to type the Superscript 1 Sign on your Windows PC:

  • Place your insertion pointer where you need the Superscript 1 Symbol text.
  • Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the Superscript 1 Symbol’s alt code (0185). You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, this method may not work for you. On some laptops, there’s a hidden numeric keypad which you can enable by pressing Fn+NmLk on the keyboard.
  • Release the Alt key after typing the Alt code to insert the Symbol into your document.

This is how you may type this symbol in Word using the Alt Code method.

Using the Superscript 1 Symbol Shortcut

The Superscript 1 symbol shortcut is 00B9, Alt+X.

Obey the following instructions to use this shortcut:

  • First Launch your MS Word.
  • Place the insertion pointer where you need the symbol.
  • Type 00B9 on your keyboard, then press Alt + X.

This will convert the code (00B9) into the Superscript 1 symbol at where you place the insertion pointer.

This is how you may insert this symbol using this shortcut.

Copy and Paste Superscript 1 Sign ¹ (text)

Another easy way to get the Superscript 1 Symbol on any PC is to use my favorite method: copy and paste.

All you have to do is to copy the symbol from somewhere like a web page, or the character map for windows users, and head over to where you need the symbol (say in Word or Excel), then hit Ctrl+V to paste.

Below is the symbol for you to copy and paste into your Word document. Just select it and press Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to Microsoft Word, place your insertion pointer at the desired location, and press Ctrl+V to paste.


Alternatively, just use the copy button at the beginning of this post.

Using insert Symbol dialog box (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

The insert symbol dialog box is a library of symbols from where you can insert any symbol into your Word document with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Obey the following steps to insert this symbol (¹) in Word or Excel using the insert symbol dialog box.

  • Open your Word document.
  • Click to place the insertion pointer where you wish to insert the symbol.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click on the Insert tab
  • In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select the More Symbols button.
Go to Symbols>More Symbols

The Symbol dialog box will appear.

  • To easily locate the Superscript 1 symbol, go to the font drop-down and select Normal Text from the list, then type 00B9 in the character code field at the bottom area of the window. After typing this character code, the Superscript 1 symbol will appear selected.
  • Now click on the Insert button to insert the symbol into your document.
inserting superscript 1 symbol in Word or MS Office like Excel
  • Close the dialog.

The symbol will then be inserted exactly where you placed the insertion pointer.

These are the steps you may use to insert this Symbol in Word.


As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the Superscript 1 Sign in Microsoft Word.

Using the shortcut makes the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast.

Thank you very much for reading this blog.

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