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How Do You Add a Superscript in Canva?

Last updated on December 7, 2022 @ 5:24 am

Superscripts are an extremely useful way to add text to your images. They can help you highlight specific parts of an image, and they’re especially helpful if you’re trying to use images for a blog post or other writing project.

It can be intimidating to add a superscript to your texts if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Canva doesn’t have a magic button that instantly turns any text into a superscript. If this handy button isn’t available in Canva yet, you can get the same result by following these instructions:

Step #1: open Canva’s fonts menu by clicking the “Text” tab on the left side of the screen.

text option in Canva

Step 2: Pick a font family and decide between the “Heading,” “Subheading,” and “Body text” text sizes in the fonts gallery.

types of heading in canva text

Step #3: Create two separate text boxes by double-clicking on the font size you’ve settled on.

subheading body text in Canva


Step 4: After entering the text, resize the second text box so that the second number or letter is smaller. When the second text is the size you want it to be, click the cross arrow icon to the right of the textbox and drag it to the top right of the first text.

example of a superscript created in Canva

Step 5: Select both texts by highlighting them, and then move the two textboxes together. The “Group” button will then appear on the toolbar; click it.

group text in canva

That’s a pretty long procedure, huh?

To create a superscript without repeating the preceding steps, just copy the one you already have, paste it where you want it, and make the necessary changes.

And voila! Your text will now be formatted as superscript in Canva.

What is a superscript, and why is it important?

Superscripts are used for exponents in math. For example, 3^2 = 3*3 = 9. Superscripts can also be used to make footnotes easier to read and understand by adding an additional level of detail at the bottom of a sentence. For example, “1.1” could be written as 1/1/n where n represents the number of pages printed before you reach your final draft (in this case 1).

PRO TIP: Canva is a great way to add superscripts to your documents, but there are a few things you need to know before you start. First, superscripts can only be added to text boxes, not images. Second, when you add a superscript, it will automatically be added to the end of the text box. Finally, if you want to move the superscript elsewhere in the text box, you’ll need to use the “Arrange” menu.


Now you know how to superscript in Canva. If you are using Canva for work, we hope that this article has been helpful. As always, if you have any questions or comments please let us know!

Kathy McFarland

Kathy McFarland

Devops woman in trade, tech explorer and problem navigator.