Exponents are usually used in mathematical expressions that raises a certain value to a power. In the business world this is usually used in compound interest formulas. You might have noticed that you can’t directly type an exponent using your keyboard. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to type an exponent on windows 10.

**How To Type An Exponent On Windows 10**

**Using the superscript feature of Word**

- Open
**Microsoft Word** - Type the
**text or expression**the exponent is a part of. - Before you type the exponent, click on the
**Superscript**button in the Font section of the Home tab of Microsoft Word’s toolbar to turn the Superscript feature on. When the**Superscript feature**is enabled, anything you type is typed at a raised level in the respective line and in a much smaller font than the rest of the text, making the typed text actually look like an exponent. - Type the
**exponent**with the Superscript feature enabled. - Once you have typed in the exponent, click on the
**Superscript button**in the Font section of the Home tab of Microsoft Word’s toolbar once again to turn Superscript off. Disabling the Superscript feature ensures that the text you type after the exponent is at the same level and in the same font size as the rest of the text.

This is the first method to type an exponent on Windows 10.

**Manually type the exponent**

- Move your mouse pointer to wherever on your screen you want to type the exponent.
- Press
**Shift + 6**to type in the**caret symbol (^)**. Alternatively, you can also press**Shift + 8**twice to type in**two asterisks (*)**. Both options meet the qualifications – anywhere either of these is found, it is understood that the number located directly after them is an exponent of the text that came before the symbol(s). - Type in the exponent immediately following the symbol(s).

This is the second method to type an exponent on Windows 10.