Exponentiation is a mathematical operation involving two numbers, one is the “power” and the other one is the “base”. The number that refers to “raising to a power” is called an exponent. Have you been struggling with writing the exponents in your Google Slides?

Many of us find it hard to add special characters while working with Google Slides. However, It doesn’t take more than a few clicks if you know what exactly to look for. There are three kinds of ways to add exponents while writing chemical formulas, mathematical text or even simple dates in your slides.

**To write exponents in Google Slides, write the exponent as a plain number. Click on the “Text” option from the dropdown menu of the “Format” tab and choose “Superscript”. You can also use the “insert special characters” option or shortcut key “Ctrl+.” to write the exponent.**

This article also walks you through writing the square symbol, square root, fractions and other mathematical symbols in Google Slides.

If you’re interested to learn step-by-step about writing the exponents or special characters in Google Slides, please read the following article:

## 1. How to Write Exponents in Google Slides?

In Google Slides, writing any mathematical symbol can be tricky since there is a limited option of symbols available. However, you can write exponents in a text box in Google Slides using various methods.

### 1.1 Method-1: Using Superscript

To easily write any exponent in Google Slides, you can use the **“Superscript” **option available in the **“Format”** menu. I’ve written a detailed article on **how to superscript and subscript in Google Slides**. Make sure to check out that article for full details.

Meanwhile, here’s what you need to do to superscript text in Google Slides –

**Step-1: Write the exponent**

The first step is to write the exponent number or symbol. To do so, click inside the text box in the Google Slides slide. Then type in the exponent as a normal number.

**Step-2: Click on the “Format” tab**

The next step is to select the exponent number in the text box to highlight it. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on the **“Format”** menu.

**Step-3: Click on the “Superscript” option**

In the **“Format”** dropdown menu, click on the **“Text”** option. Then all you have to do is click on the **“Superscript” **option in the pop-up menu by the **“Text” **option to write the exponent.

### 1.2 Method-2: Using Special Characters

The **“Special characters”** feature in Google Slides allows you to insert various premade mathematical symbols into text boxes. To write an exponent using the **“Special characters” **option, follow the 4 simple steps.

**Step-1: Write the base of the exponent**

In the text box, you have to first write the base of the exponent. Do not write the exponent in the text box.

**Step-2: Click on the “Special characters” option**

The next step is to click on the **“Insert”** menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen. In the **“Insert” **menu, click on the **“Special characters”** option to open a dialog box.

**Step-3: Click on the “Superscript” option**

In the left column of the** “Insert special characters”** dialog box, click on the second category box. From the dropdown list of categories, select the **“Superscript” **option.

**Step-4: Click on your preferred premade exponent**

Now all you have to do is click on an exponent to add it to the base in the text box. Note that there is a limited number of premade exponents available in the **“Insert special characters” **dialog in Google Slides

### 1.3 Method-3: Using Keyboard Shortcut

You can easily write an exponent using the keyboard shortcut in Google Slides. First, you have to select the exponent in the text box. Then you have to press the **“Ctrl+.”** keys on your keyboard to write the exponent.

## 2. How to Insert Square Symbol in Google Slides?

In Google Slides, you can insert the square symbol as an exponent using the **“Special characters”** feature. To do so, follow the 5 easy steps.

**Step-1: Click on the “Insert” menu**

The first step is to write the equation without the square symbol in a text box. Then click on the **“Insert”** tab in the menu bar located at the top of the screen.

**Step-2: Click on the “Special Characters” option**

In the **“Insert”** dropdown menu, click on the **“Special characters”** option. This will open the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box.

**Step-3: Click on the “Superscript” option**

In the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box, click on the second category box that shows the **“Math”** category by default. In the dropdown list, click on the **“Superscript”** option.

**Step-4: Click on the “Superscript two” option**

Now you can see all the premade exponents available in the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box. Click on the **“Superscript two” **option to add the square symbol to the equation in the text box.

**Step-5: Click on the “X” icon**

You can now close the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box. To do so, click on the **“X”** icon at the top right corner of the dialog box.

## 3. How to Write Square Root in Google Slides?

Using the **“Special characters”** feature in Google Slides, you can easily write square roots. All you have to do is follow the 3 simple steps.

**Step-1: Click on the “Special characters” option**

The first step is to click on the text box where you want to insert the square root. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on the **“Insert”** menu. Then select the **“Special characters” **option from the **“Insert”** menu.

Must Read –** How to Write Equations in Google Slides? [The Complete Guide!]**

**Step-2: Click on the “Math” option**

In the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box, click on the second box. In the dropdown list of categories, click on the **“Math” **option.

**Step-3: Click on the “Square root” option**

Now all you have to do is click on the **“Square Root” **option from the list of symbols in the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box to insert the square root in the text box.

## 4. How to Write Fractions in Google Slides?

Google Slides allows you to write some premade fractions in a text box. To insert a premade fraction, all you have to do is click on the text box on a slide. Then type in the fraction in the text box.

I’ve written a detailed guide on **how to write fractions in Google Slides**. Make sure to check out that article as I provide the full step-by-step process with pictures.

You have to separate the numerator and the denominator with the** “/” **symbol on your keyboard, This will automatically convert the numbers into a fraction in the text box.

## 5. How to Insert Math Symbols in Google Slides?

The **“Special characters”** feature in Google Slides allows you to insert various symbols, letters, arrows, etc. You can insert math symbols easily using this feature.

To learn more about the use of mathematical symbols in writing an equation in Google Slides, you can read my article here.

To access the math symbols available in Google Slides, follow the 3 easy steps.

**Step-1: Click on the “Special characters” option**

You have to first click on the text box where you want to insert the math symbol. Then click on the **“Insert” **menu. In the **“Insert”** dropdown menu, click on the **“Special characters” **option.

**Step-2: Click on the “Symbol” option**

In the left column of the **“Insert special characters”** dialog box, click on the first box. In the dropdown list, click on the **“Symbol” **option.

**Step-3: Click on the “Math” option**

In the dropdown list under the second box, click on the **“Math”** option. Now you can see all the mathematical symbols available in Google Slides.