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How to type 3 Cubed symbol [³] in Word/Excel (+ Keyboard shortcuts)

Welcome to your go-to guide for effortlessly adding the Cubed Symbol (³) to any document, whether you’re in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or anywhere else on your PC or Mac.

We’ll cover all the simple techniques, including the quick Alt code shortcut, to make sure you’re ready to insert this essential mathematical symbol in no time.

Let’s dive right in without delay!

Quick Guide for typing the Cubed symbol (³)

To type the 3 Cubed Symbol anywhere on your PC or Laptop keyboard (like in Microsoft Word or Excel), press Option + 00B3 shortcut for Mac. And if you are using Windows, simply press down the Alt key and type 0179 using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard.

However, to type this symbol in MS Word, just type 00B3, select it and then press Alt + X to get the Cubed sign.

The table below contains everything you need to know to be able to type this symbol on both Windows and Mac. It even includes the Cubed Symbol Alt Code shortcut.

Name of SymbolSuperscript Three
Symbol Text³
Symbol Alt Code0179
Shortcut for WindowsAlt + 0179
Shortcut for MacOption + 00B3
Shortcut in Word00B3, Alt+X
cubed symbol shortcuts for both windows and mac

More details about typing the Cubed Symbol

Whether you are using Windows or Mac, the above information is enough for you to write the Cubed sign into your Word/Excel document.

However, if you are not satisfied with this quick help, keep reading below as I will explain in detail, how to get the Cubed symbol or any other symbol anywhere on your Mac or Windows PC like in MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint.

As you may already know, there are several dual-purpose keys on the keyboard for both Windows and Mac. That is to say that there are symbols readily available as second keys on the keyboard. Just by pressing two or more keys simultaneously, you can easily insert such symbols into your work. For instance, pressing Shift + 7 keys give you the Ampersand (&) sign.

However, other symbols aren’t printed on the keyboard as second keys. This makes it difficult to type. One of these symbols is the 3 Cubed Symbol (³).

Typing becomes very difficult for you if you need to add some of these symbols regularly into your work.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Especially now that you are reading this step-by-step guide.

How to Insert the 3 Cubed symbol in Word/Excel

In the following sections, I will show you all the easy ways to type or insert this symbol (3 Cubed – ³) anywhere on your Windows or Mac PC (such as Word or Excel or PowerPoint).

In a couple of minutes, I’ll explain several methods you can use to get the 3 Cubed (³) and any other symbol as and when the need arises.

As a quick guide, press down the Alt key and type 0179 alt code on your numeric keypad. You can also press Option + 00B3 on Mac.

However, without any further ado, below are the methods explained into details.

1. Cubed Symbol Shortcuts (Windows and Mac)

The Cubed Symbol Shortcut for Mac is Option + 00B3.

Windows has several shortcuts, some of which works only in Microsoft Word.

However, there’s a Windows shortcut for the Cubed Sign that works across all applications. It is the alt code shortcut which is Alt+0179 (will be discussed in the next section).

cubed symbol shortcuts for both windows and mac

The Cubed Symbol shortcut for Microsoft Word is 00B3, Alt X. This works in Microsoft Word Only.

To use this on Windows (for Word), obey the following instructions:

  • Place the insertion pointer in the right place.
  • Type 00B3 on your keyboard, then press Alt + X.

This will convert the numbers into the Cubed symbol at where you place the insertion pointer.

Below is a breakdown on how to use the Cubed symbol shortcut for Mac:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to insert the symbol.
  • Now, using the Mac keyboard, Press Option + 00B3 simultaneously.
cubed symbol shortcut on Mac

This shortcut should insert the symbol for you on your Mac PC.

In the next section, I’ll show you how to use the Cubed Symbol Alt Code to type the symbol on your keyboard.

2. Cubed Symbol Alt Code (For Windows Windows)

The Cubed (³) Symbol Alt Code is 0179.

Every symbol in Word has a unique code that you can use to insert the symbol into your document. This code is well known as “Alt code”.

Below are the steps to type this symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code provided above:

  • Press the num lock key to enable the numeric keypad. Use Fn key + NumLk keys to turn on Num Lock on laptops without the numeric keypad.
  • Press and hold the Alt key and type 0179 using the numeric keypad.
  • After typing the Alt code (i.e. 0179), release the [Alt] key you pressed down.
3 cubed symbol alt code

As soon as you release the Alt Key, the Cubed (³) symbol should appear in your document.

3. Copy and paste Cubed symbol

Use the button below to copy and paste the Cubed symbol for your work.

My favorite method for inserting symbols is the copy and paste.

With this method, all you need to do is google the symbol you need to type, then copy it from one of the search results provided. Once you get the symbol into your document, you can always recopy and paste it as and when the need arises.

Use the button above to get this symbol on your clipboard.

There is another way to copy this and any other symbol on Windows. It involved using the Windows Character Map.

Obey the steps below to copy and paste any symbol using the character map.

  • Search for the Character map app by clicking on the Start button.
  • The Character map app will show up in the search results. Click on it to launch.
searching for character map to copy and paste symbols
  • After the Character Map window opens up, click to check the Advance View checkbox to expand the window for more advanced options.
Advanced view of the Character map dialog box
  • On the Advanced View section, type superscript three in the search box.
  • The symbol you searched for (i.e. the Cubed symbol) will now appear on the Character map. Double click on it to select it. You’ll see that the symbol appears in the Characters to copy text box. This allows you to select and copy several symbols at the same time.
copy and paste the 3 cubed symbol
  • After selecting the symbol, you wish to copy, click on the Copy button.
  • Switch over to wherever you need the symbol, whether in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, and press Ctrl + V to paste.

This is how you may copy and paste the Cubed sign using the Character Map on Windows.

4. Using Insert Symbol Dialog

This approach isn’t as straight forward as the shortcut methods. But it’s fairly simple.

And once you get the symbol into your document, you can always copy and paste it again as and when you need it in your work.

Below are the steps to insert the Cubed Sign in Word using the insert symbol dialog.

  • Go to the Insert tab.
Go to the Insert tab
  • On the Insert tab, click the Symbol button and choose More Symbols…
More Symbols

These few clicks will bring up the Symbol dialog box.

  • Locate the Symbol you want to insert.

To easily find the Cubed symbol on the Symbols window, look at the bottom area of the dialog and type 00B3 in the Character code: field. The Cubed symbol you want to insert will be selected after typing the code.

  • Click on the Insert button.
Inserting the cubed symbol in Word or Excel for Windows

Alternatively, double-clicking on the symbol will also insert the symbol into your document.

  • Click the Close button.

This is how you may insert the 3 Cubed symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.

5. Using the Equation Tool

In the realm of academic and professional document creation, the precision of expression is paramount. One often overlooked aspect of this precision is the use of correct mathematical symbols, such as the cube symbol (³).

Whether you’re drafting a mathematical paper, a technical report, or simply need to denote a number to the power of three, Microsoft Word’s Equation tool offers a seamless way to insert these symbols into your document.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to inserting the cube symbol in Word using the Equation tool.

Step 1: Access the Equation Tool

  1. Open your Microsoft Word document.
  2. Place your cursor where you want to insert the cube symbol.
  3. Go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon.
  4. Click on Equation in the Symbols group. A dropdown menu will appear.
  5. Select Insert New Equation from the dropdown. This action opens the Equation Tools Design tab.

Step 2: Entering Superscript Mode

Once in Equation Editor mode, you’ll notice a new toolbar at the top of the page, which includes various mathematical symbols and structures. To insert a cube symbol, you need to enter a number in superscript mode. Here’s how:

  • Using the Script Button: On the Equation toolbar, look for the button labeled “Script.” Clicking on this button will drop down options for subscript, superscript, and other script types. Select the superscript option (the one with a box on the bottom and a smaller box up top). A template will appear in your document where you can enter the base number in the larger box and the cube (3) in the superscript box.
  • Typing Directly: Alternatively, you can type your base number directly into the Equation Editor, followed by the caret symbol (^), and then the number 3. After you press the spacebar, Word will automatically format it as a cubed symbol. For example, typing “2^3 ” will automatically convert into (2^3).

Step 3: Finalizing and Editing

After entering your base number and the cube in superscript mode, you can continue editing your document as usual. The Equation Editor allows for a high degree of precision and flexibility, enabling you to insert not only the cube symbol but also any other mathematical notation you might need.

Additional Tips

  • Exploring Equation Editor: The Equation Editor in Word is a powerful tool for anyone involved in mathematics or science. Take some time to explore the other symbols and equation structures available. You might find tools that can help simplify the creation of complex formulas and notations.
  • Shortcut for Quick Access: For those who frequently use the Equation Editor, learning the keyboard shortcut (Alt + =) can save time. Pressing these keys simultaneously will immediately open a new equation box wherever your cursor is located in the document.
  • Customizing the Ribbon: If you use the Equation Editor often, consider adding it to your Quick Access Toolbar or customizing the Ribbon to include the Equation tab for easier access.

Using the Equation tool in Microsoft Word to insert the cube symbol or any mathematical notation ensures your documents are both professional and precise. With these simple steps, you can enhance your writing, ensuring clarity and accuracy in your mathematical expressions.


As you can see, these are the various ways you may insert or type the Cubed symbol in Word/Excel with or without using the keyboard.

My favorite method is using the copy and paste method followed by the shortcuts. The Alt Code method also comes simple.

For any comments or questions about this Cubed sign guide, please let me know in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.