moderated Need To Get Rid Of Superscript Designations In a Microsoft Word File


Tom Behler
 

Hello, everyone.

 

I need some help with a strange Microsoft Word document file here.

 

I have no idea how this happened, since I created the file myself with no special stylistic designations, but when I read the file, Jaws says begin superscript and end superscript for many lines throughout the file.

 

I don’t even know how to make superscript designations like this.

 

How can I get rid of these superscript designations, because, as you can imagine, they make reading and editing the file very difficult.

 

Can I eliminate these designations globally, or do I have to do this for each line in the file?

 

For reference, I’m using Windows 10 and Office 365, as well as the latest build of Jaws 2022.

 

Thanks for any assistance.

 

Dr.  Tom Behler From Michigan

 

 


 

Were I you, and since you say there are no formats that you intended to apply, I'd copy the content of the file, paste it into Notepad, delete what's in the Word file, then copy what's in the Notepad file and paste it back.

That will convert every character of the document to plain text, then, when you paste it back in, apply only whatever font formatting you happen to have turned on for the file.

So far as I know, the only methods to format text as subscript or superscript are those in this Microsoft Support Document:  

Format text as superscript or subscript in Word

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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.
     ~ Lauren Bacall


Adrian Spratt
 

Hi Tom,

 

Superscript is a toggle, like underlining (control-u) and italics (control-i). Here are the keystrokes for superscript and, for good measure, subscript:

 

Ctrl+Shift+’, Make selected text superscript

Ctrl+’, Make selected text subscript

 

If I’m not mistaken, you could eliminate all superscript in the file without affecting your other formatting by selecting all (control-a) and then pressing control-shift-‘.

 

If that’s wrong, after you’ve done this operation, press control-z to undo it. Otherwise, you’ll need to locate each superscript passage, select it individually, and then press that keystroke.

 

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From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2022 6:33 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Need To Get Rid Of Superscript Designations In a Microsoft Word File

 

Hello, everyone.

 

I need some help with a strange Microsoft Word document file here.

 

I have no idea how this happened, since I created the file myself with no special stylistic designations, but when I read the file, Jaws says begin superscript and end superscript for many lines throughout the file.

 

I don’t even know how to make superscript designations like this.

 

How can I get rid of these superscript designations, because, as you can imagine, they make reading and editing the file very difficult.

 

Can I eliminate these designations globally, or do I have to do this for each line in the file?

 

For reference, I’m using Windows 10 and Office 365, as well as the latest build of Jaws 2022.

 

Thanks for any assistance.

 

Dr.  Tom Behler From Michigan

 

 


 

Adrian,

Those are not the correct keyboard shortcuts for making a character (or block of text) formatted as superscript or subscript.  I gave the direct link to Microsoft's own documentation so that the definitive source was available.

CTRL + Shift + Plus Sign - Format as Superscript
CTRL + Equal Sign - Format as Subscript.

There are certain formats that when an entire document's worth of text is selected, that requires a double-toggle, where the first one "flip-flops" the formatting, and the second one makes everything go back to regular format.

In the case of superscript, that's not true, and I just tried it.  If I select a text and set superscript on a couple of letters or words (using CTRL + Shift + Plus Sign), then select the text so formatted as part of a larger block where most of it is not in superscript format, using CTRL + Shift + Plus sign causes superscript to be taken OFF for whatever was in superscript format without turning it ON for what had been regular text, so everything ends up being regular text.

I still find it far easier to select all, paste it into a plain text editor, then copy that back and paste it in word.  There's no worrying about even the possibility of something being flip-flopped were something formatted in a way where that can happen.  An example of that is mixed regular and italic text which, if you select it and hit italic, will cause all the text to become italic, and if you hit italic again, turns off italic format for all that text.
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.
     ~ Lauren Bacall


Tom Behler
 

Adrian and Brian:

 

Thanks so much for your quick responses to my superscript dilemma.

 

I think I’m going to try Adrian’s approach first, and if I can’t get that to work, I’ll go to Brian’s method.

 

And, Adrian, I appreciate the superscript key strokes.

 

Will definitely save for future reference.

 

Thanks again to both of you!

 

Tom Behler

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2022 7:07 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Need To Get Rid Of Superscript Designations In a Microsoft Word File

 

Hi Tom,

 

Superscript is a toggle, like underlining (control-u) and italics (control-i). Here are the keystrokes for superscript and, for good measure, subscript:

 

Ctrl+Shift+’, Make selected text superscript

Ctrl+’, Make selected text subscript

 

If I’m not mistaken, you could eliminate all superscript in the file without affecting your other formatting by selecting all (control-a) and then pressing control-shift-‘.

 

If that’s wrong, after you’ve done this operation, press control-z to undo it. Otherwise, you’ll need to locate each superscript passage, select it individually, and then press that keystroke.

 

--

My novel Caroline is now available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook versions and, for qualified readers in the US, at the National Library Service/BARD. Go to: https://adrianspratt.com/book/

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2022 6:33 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Need To Get Rid Of Superscript Designations In a Microsoft Word File

 

Hello, everyone.

 

I need some help with a strange Microsoft Word document file here.

 

I have no idea how this happened, since I created the file myself with no special stylistic designations, but when I read the file, Jaws says begin superscript and end superscript for many lines throughout the file.

 

I don’t even know how to make superscript designations like this.

 

How can I get rid of these superscript designations, because, as you can imagine, they make reading and editing the file very difficult.

 

Can I eliminate these designations globally, or do I have to do this for each line in the file?

 

For reference, I’m using Windows 10 and Office 365, as well as the latest build of Jaws 2022.

 

Thanks for any assistance.

 

Dr.  Tom Behler From Michigan

 

 


Adrian Spratt
 

Correct. I just double-checked, and what I provided work in WordPad, not Word.

 

--

My novel Caroline is now available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook versions and, for qualified readers in the US, at the National Library Service/BARD. Go to: https://adrianspratt.com/book/

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2022 7:33 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Need To Get Rid Of Superscript Designations In a Microsoft Word File

 

Adrian,

Those are not the correct keyboard shortcuts for making a character (or block of text) formatted as superscript or subscript.  I gave the direct link to Microsoft's own documentation so that the definitive source was available.

CTRL + Shift + Plus Sign - Format as Superscript
CTRL + Equal Sign - Format as Subscript.

There are certain formats that when an entire document's worth of text is selected, that requires a double-toggle, where the first one "flip-flops" the formatting, and the second one makes everything go back to regular format.

In the case of superscript, that's not true, and I just tried it.  If I select a text and set superscript on a couple of letters or words (using CTRL + Shift + Plus Sign), then select the text so formatted as part of a larger block where most of it is not in superscript format, using CTRL + Shift + Plus sign causes superscript to be taken OFF for whatever was in superscript format without turning it ON for what had been regular text, so everything ends up being regular text.

I still find it far easier to select all, paste it into a plain text editor, then copy that back and paste it in word.  There's no worrying about even the possibility of something being flip-flopped were something formatted in a way where that can happen.  An example of that is mixed regular and italic text which, if you select it and hit italic, will cause all the text to become italic, and if you hit italic again, turns off italic format for all that text.
-- 

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.
     ~ Lauren Bacall