How To Superscript In Figma

The process of creating designs in Figma is pleasant, thanks to its diverse array of tools and capabilities. One challenge frequently faced by designers is understanding how to use superscript or subscript text. While it is not currently a native feature in Figma, there are alternative solutions available. In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to apply superscript text in Figma. If you encounter any difficulties, please notify us with the following error message: Unable to process the request due to encountered difficulties.

What is a Superscript?

In typography, “superscript” refers to the placement of a text character, symbol, or number slightly above the standard line of type. This is often used in academic and scientific writing for referencing footnotes, mathematical exponents, or denoting the ordinal indicators in numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)

Method 1: Using Unicode Superscript Characters

The first method to achieve superscript text is by using Unicode superscript characters. Unicode is a set of unique character codes that a computer uses to display text. It encompasses virtually all characters used on the globe, including superscript and subscript numbers and letters.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, identify the character you’d like to superscript.
  2. Use a Unicode search engine like Compart to find its superscript counterpart.
  3. Copy and paste this character back into your Figma text field.

Note that this method is somewhat limited, as not all characters have a superscript Unicode equivalent.

Method 2: Manual Text Adjustment

The second method, albeit a bit labor-intensive, offers more flexibility and works with all characters. It involves manually adjusting the size and position of the text you want to superscript.

Here’s how you can manually adjust the text:

  1. First, select the text you want to superscript and put it in its text box.
  2. Then, you’ll need to decrease its font size to your desired superscript size.
  3. Next, adjust its vertical position by increasing the line height or manually shifting it upwards.

This method gives you more control over the size and placement of your superscript text, but it can be more time-consuming, especially for longer texts.


While it’s indeed surprising that a tool as powerful as Figma lacks the built-in ability to create superscript or subscript text, the methods explained above provide practical workarounds. These techniques are simple yet effective, and they can make a significant difference in your designs’ readability and professionalism.