How to Type the Squared Symbol on Your Computer or Smartphone

Last Updated on 09/21/2020 by FilipiKnow

The squared symbol (2) is an arithmetic operator that implies that the number is to be multiplied by itself.

It is also a commonly used mathematical operation. The product of this operation is called the “square” of the number. An example of this is 42 equals 16 since 4 multiplied by 4 equals 16. 

With different devices and programs present in our society, it can get confusing how to insert a squared symbol. Here is a simple guide on how to do that task so that you won’t waste your time searching on Google.

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Part I. How to Type the Squared Symbol on Laptop or Desktop Keyboard.

A. How to type the squared symbol in Windows 10 WITH Numpad.

  1. Enable the numerical pad by pressing the Numlock button.
  2. Press and hold the Alt button while pressing the numbers: 0178

B. How to type the squared symbol in Windows 10 WITHOUT Numpad.

Don’t have a Numpad? Don’t fret! Here are alternative steps for you:

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  1. Option 1 – Shortcut key: Press Ctrl + Shift + Plus button (+).
  2. Option 2 – Character Map: Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Windows icon located in the taskbar. Scroll down and click Windows Accessories then Character Map (see the first screenshot above). Or, search Character Map on the search bar located in the taskbar (see the second screenshot above). Next, locate the superscript in the app by ticking the box that says ‘Advanced View’ at the bottom and typing the word superscript in the box next to ‘Search for:’ Click ‘Search’. Select the squared symbol and click the ‘Copy’ button. Finally, paste (Ctrl + V) the squared symbol on a  file or document.

C. How to type the squared symbol in Microsoft Word.

  1. Option 1 – Superscript button: Click the superscript button () on the Home tab.
  2. Option 2 – Shortcut key (for Chromebook only): Press Ctrl + Shift + U and then enter 207X (X being the desired number to insert)

D. How to type the squared symbol in Google Documents/Slides.

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  1. Option 1 – Special Character: Click the ‘Insert’ tab located between ‘View’ and ‘Format’. Click on ‘Special Characters’. Type superscript in the search bar (see the screenshot above). Click the number and it will automatically appear in the file.
  2. Option 2 – Shortcut Key: Press Ctrl + period (.)
  3. Option 3 – Insert Text: Click ‘Format’ tab > Text > Superscript (see the screenshot below)
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E. How to type the squared symbol in Microsoft Excel.

  1. Option 1 – With Numpad: Press and hold the Alt button while pressing numbers: 0179.
  2. Option 2 – Superscript button: Click the ‘Insert’ tab beside the ‘Home’ tab. Click on the ‘Symbol’ button on the far right. Set the subset option to Superscript and Subscript then click the desired number. Finally, click the ‘Insert’ button.

F. How to type the squared symbol in Microsoft Powerpoint.

  1. Click the ‘Insert’ tab beside the ‘Home’ tab.
  2. Click on the ‘Symbol’ button on the far right.
  3. Set the subset option to Superscript and Subscript then click the desired number. Finally, click the ‘Insert’ button.

G. How to type the squared symbol in Adobe Photoshop.

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  1. Option 1 – Copy and Paste: Copy (Ctrl + C or right-click > Copy) the superscript located at the end of the article or in the Character Map (see section B above for more info) and paste (Ctrl + V or right-click > Paste) it on the destination file or document.
  2. Option 2 – Glyphs Panel: Select Type > Panels > Glyphs or Window > Glyphs. Use the Text tool to place an insertion point in the file. Click the Set Font category and find superscript. Double click superscript 2 sign (see the screenshot above).

H. How to type the squared symbol in Mac OS X.

  1. Press Ctrl + Cmd + Space and a character viewer will appear.
  2. Type superscript in the search bar at the top.
  3. Click the desired number.

I. How to type the squared symbol in Chromebook.

Press ctrl + period (.)

J. How to type the squared symbol in Linux/Ubuntu.

Press Ctrl + Shift + U then type 00B2.

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Part II. How to Type the Squared Symbol on Smartphone Keypad.

A. How to type the squared symbol in iOS.

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  1. Option 1 – Adjust Settings: Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement > “+”. Input the shortcut (see the screenshot above).
  2. Option 2 – Copy and Paste: Copy the squared symbol at the end of this article and paste it on your desired file or document.

B. How to type the squared symbol in Android.

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  1. Option 1 – Use the numerical pad: Go to the numerical pad (123). Long press number 2 until a superscript version of it will appear (see the screenshot above).
  2. Option 2 – Create a shortcut: Install the free Gboard application in the Google Playstore. Tap System > Languages & Input. Upon finding Keyboards, press Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Dictionary > Personal Dictionary > All Languages (if you have multiple keyboards). Tap “+” > press back arrow. To activate it, type the word “squared” (see the screenshot below) then the shortcut will be placed on the suggestive bar above the keyboard.
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Easiest Way to Put Squared Symbol Anywhere.

If you prefer a quick way to insert a squared symbol, simply copy the superscript below and paste it on your desired file or document:

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Meg Amante

Meg Amante is a student who works part-time. She adores dogs and cats. She loves travelling with her family during the holidays to different Asian countries. Her ambition is to become a doctor in the future but while she is still a student, a good occasional binge-watch of her favorite series keeps her occupied.

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