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To format squared numbers in mathematical equations in Microsoft Word, you have two options:

## 1. Superscript controls in font group or font dialog box

You can use the superscript controls in the Font group or the Font dialog box. This allows you to select the number you want to square and then click the superscript button (usually marked as “x²”). This raises the selected number to the power of 2, making it appear as a squared number.

### Superscript button

The Superscript button is a feature in software like Microsoft Word. It’s used to make text or numbers smaller and raised above the regular text line. Here’s how you use it:

- First, highlight the number or text you want to make superscript.
- Then, go to the “Home” tab in the menu at the top of the program.
- In the “Font” group, you’ll see a button with “
**x**” and a small ‘sup’ next to it. Click on this button.^{2} - When you click it, the selected text or number will become smaller and appear partially above the regular text line. That’s superscript.
- The cool thing is, once you’ve clicked the Superscript button, you can just start typing, and the new characters you type will automatically be in superscript form as long as the button is selected. You can click it again to turn off superscript mode.

So, it’s a handy tool for making text or numbers look smaller and raised when you’re working with documents.

### Superscript formatting option

The “Superscript Formatting Option” allows you to make a number or text appear smaller and above the regular line of text. To use it, follow these steps:

- Highlight the number or text you want to format.
- Right-click on the highlighted area.
- Choose “Font” from the menu that appears.
- In the Font dialog box, check the box labeled “Superscript.”
- Click the “OK” button.

This will format the selected number or text as a superscript, making it smaller and positioned above the regular text line.

## 2. Word’s equation editor

Alternatively, you can use Word’s Equation Editor. It automatically formats squared numbers correctly. To do this, go to the Insert tab, click on Equation in the Symbols group, and choose the equation format you want. Then, simply enter the numbers and operations, and Word will handle the formatting, including squared numbers.

These methods help you properly format squared numbers within mathematical equations in Microsoft Word.

### Equation editor

To use the Equation editor:

- Go to the “Insert” tab.
- Click on “Equation.”
- A box will appear for you to enter your equation.
- Use the caret (^) symbol (^) to indicate a squared number. For instance, to write 3 squared, type 3^2.
- You can continue adding to the equation or press “Enter,” and the number will automatically convert to 3
^{2}.