Getting Exponents in Label Styles

This is a quick one… I was struggling to figure out how to make a “meters squared” using the exponent as opposed to spelling it out or m^2 (notice how I am too lazy to get LiveWriter to give me the exponent).

To learn how, click more…

In the label style composer text component editor, type 2^

Then select the 2^, right click and choose STACK

Note that ^2 would give you a subscript. 


  1. Matt Kolberg says:

    For those who may not know, this technique is also applicable to MTEXT.

    Good one Dana. It’s a quick simple one, but I think there are many people out there who are unaware of this one.


  2. T_Bernhard says:

    Good post, Dana. That’s good for practically any number.

    For outside of the CAD environment (and occasionally within), I often use keystroke characters for the common ones, like m². With quite a number of fonts (including the common ones like Arial and Times New Roman), using Alt-0178 produces ², Alt-0179 produces ³ and Alt-0176 produces °. There’s also ¼, ½ and ¾ (Alt-0188, Alt-0189 and Alt-0190 respectively), as well as Alt-0216 (Ø) and Alt-0177 (±). To my knowledge, these work in any program as long as the current font has the character. I’ve got a short list of favourites next to my monitor.