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I know that LibreOffice Writer can facilitate subscripts and superscripts in ordinary, non-formula, text—when I copy and paste such things from Microsoft Office Word 2007 documents LibreOffice Writer manages to accommodate them. My LibreOffice Writer version is 3.6.4.

I haven't managed to find any better place to ask this question, if there is please direct me to it. I am running 12.10 if it is relevant.

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Don't forget that Google is your friend.

Keyboard Shortcut

As detailed on the LibreOffice help site:

  • For superscript: Ctrl + SHIFT + P
  • For subscript: Ctrl + Shift + B
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THANKS A MILLION, MATE! I will accept as soon as askubuntu lets me. – Brenton Horne Jan 21 '13 at 12:13
No worries mate :) Good luck with LibreOffice. If you want to learn more shortcuts, try – Tomas Jan 21 '13 at 12:15

For a GUI solution

Use Tools -> Customize... to open the following dialogue, then navigate as shown in the screenshot below:

sub/sup menu items

Adding these will add them to the menu bars and thus give easy gui-based formatting, as opposed to a shortcut.

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Great answer, mate! If I could I would accept both answers but since I've already promised the other guy to accept his answer. – Brenton Horne Jan 21 '13 at 12:15
@BrentonHorne I'm in no need for accepted answers. I'm just providing an alternative solution. – user98085 Jan 21 '13 at 12:16

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