The two squared symbols (²) play an essential role in mathematical expressions/calculations. Remember the time we used to calculate squares and cubes of numbers? Yes, that’s the significance of two squared symbols. It’s perched atop a given number like this- 4². Here, we are expected to calculate the square of 4 which is 16. Doesn’t this symbol carry huge significance to make math learning easier? What if you are a teacher and wish to create digital worksheets? Of course, you can’t always write ‘square/² in words because that doesn’t satisfy mathematical presentation. Thus, it becomes mandatory to learn how to type two squared symbols in word and excel for easy calculations! Let us first start with Microsoft Word.

**How to type two squared symbols?**

### Alternative 1:

#### Using the Alt shortcut keys

**Step 1:**

Open the empty Word Document.

**Step 2:**

Pay special attention to the numeric keypad on your keyboard and the Alt key. Remember to keep NumLock on.

**Step 3:**

Type the number you want the two squared symbols to appear on.

**Step 4:**

With the NumLock key on, Press and hold the Alt key and type 0178 in the numeric keypad to get the above result! Note: the very first key of the numeric keypad is NumLock. Make sure you turn it on to make this procedure work!

Another Alt shortcut key to getting the symbol is 253. Simply press and hold the Alt key, and with the NumLock key on, type 253 on the numeric keypad. Repeat the same steps as above for this shortcut. Type any number on the empty document and give this stuff a try! It’s easy and interesting at the same time.

### Alternative 2:

#### Using the Superscript option

**Step 1:**

Open the empty word document.

**Step 2:**

Look for the ‘Home’ tab situated on the extreme left of the document.

**Step 3:**

Toggle to the Superscript Option located right below the font style and size bar.

**Step 4:**

Type the number of your choice which requires a square root.

**Step 5:**

After tapping the superscript option, one can notice how the cursor automatically flies to the top.

**Step 6: **

Type 2 there to get the result!

### Alternative 3:

#### Using the ‘Equation’ option

**Step 1:**

Open the empty Word document.

**Step 2:**

Look for the ‘Insert’ tab on the extreme left of the word document, next to the home tab.

**Step 3:**

On the ‘Insert’ tab, to the extreme right, look for the ‘Equation’ option.

**Step 4:**

After tapping the ‘Equation’ option, this should appear on the screen.

**Step 5:**

Tap the ‘Script’ option.

**Step 6:**

Select the very first pattern called the Superscript. Your equation should look like this.

**Step 7:**

After selecting that pattern, these boxes should appear on the screen. You have to fill the digits in these respective boxes as per your requirement.

**Step 8:**

Select the boxes to fill in the digits. Your equation is ready. Here, through this pattern, you could compose cube roots as well.

**Step 9:**

Another way is to use the third pattern from the boxes below. The pattern of x² shall create an equation for you where x can be assigned any possible value as per your requirement.

**Step 10:**

After tapping the x² pattern, you get the equation on the screen.

**Step 11:**

Type the required number of your choice to replace x to get the result!

### Alternative 4:

#### Using the keyboard shortcut keys

**Step 1:**

Open the empty word document.

**Step 2:**

Type the number that has to be squared.

**Step 3:**

Look for the Ctrl (control key), Shift key, and = signed key on the keyboard. (Follow the arrows above). These keys form the shortcut to getting the superscript. Press these three keys simultaneously to turn on the superscript mode. You should see the cursor alongside the digit, automatically swivel to the top. Write 2 there, and the squared representation is complete.

The completed version should look exactly like this!

With that, we have completed exploring the world of Microsoft Word. However, what if you want to indulge in record keeping and need to store that data in spreadsheets? Excel to the rescue! Let us learn how we can type this symbol there through 2 fun alternatives.

### Alternative 1:

#### Using Alt shortcut

**Step 1:**

Open an empty Excel spreadsheet.

**Step 2:**

Select any particular row and type the number of your choice that has to be squared.

**Step 3:**

Use the Alt shortcut 0178 as before. Press and hold the Alt key- with the NumLock key on, type 0178 simultaneously while holding the Alt key to get the result!

### Alternative 2:

#### Using the Character Map feature by Windows

**Step 1:**

Open Microsoft Excel.

**Step 2:**

Tap the ‘Start’ button a.k.a Windows button. Use the search bar to type ‘Character Map’

**Step 3:**

Tap ‘Character Map’ as shown above to open up a dialogue box.

**Step 4:**

The following box opens up. Select 2 from the options provided.

**Step 5:**

After tapping 2 in the dialogue box, it stands out, as shown above. Later, tap on select to finalize your choice.

**Step 6:**

Tap Copy and close the dialogue box.

**Step 7:**

Use Ctrl+V keys to paste 2 on the number that shall give you the square symbol.

We hope that this article helps you generate the symbol comfortably so that the already complicated subject- ‘mathematics’ doesn’t seem overwhelmingly burdening due to technical alienation. We understand how difficult it is to solve logical problems and be equipped technically at the same time. Thus, all you have to do is, trust our content and try these techniques out since they have been worked upon already to check their veracity. One can say that we indulge in fact-checking; the content on google is inspected carefully before providing it to our lovely audience so that spamming be avoided. Worry not and get working. Future articles with better content are on the way!