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If you can’t work out how to type the squared symbol (2) on your Mac, here’s how to type a squared symbol on a Mac in the most commonly used applications including Microsoft Office, Apple Pages and Apple Mail.

The square number, also known as a number squared or 2 squared, is a number that is multiplied by itself.

Note that squared is different from a square root which is symbolized by the “√” symbol.

“Squared” is usually represented in mathematics as a little 2 that appears slightly above the digits e.g. 42 = 4 × 4 = 16.

There are various ways to insert squared on a Mac depending on which application you are using but here are the most common.

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1. Use The Character Viewer

The character viewer is available in most applications and allows you to enter special symbols such as the squared symbol.

  • In most applications, you simply go to Edit > Emoji & Symbols to reveal the symbols menu.
  • Search for “Superscript” in the search box
  • Select the squared symbol to enter it in your document or application.

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2. Apple Pages, Keynote & Numbers

If you’re using Apple Pages, Keynote or Numbers then there’s another way to type squared on a Mac.

  • Highlight the number you want to add the squared symbol to.
  • Go to Format > Font > Baseline > Superscript and then select the squared symbol.

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3. Microsoft Office

If you need to type the squared symbol in Microsoft Office for Mac including Word for Mac and Excel for Mac, there’s an easy way to type squared next a number.

Here’s how to type squared in Microsoft Word for Mac for example.

  • Highlight the number you want to type the squared symbol next to.
  • Press the “Shift” “CMD” and “+” keys together to reveal the superscripts menu and add the squared symbol.

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Alternatively, you can also access superscripts such as the squared symbol in Microsoft Word by going to Home and selecting the squared symbol in the superscripts that appear in the menu bar.

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6 Responses

  1. roger hawcroft

    eg. 4² = 4 x 4 =12 … ? Not in my book it doesn’t. Otherwise, thank you for the useful how to.


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