Setting Subscript Depth in the Equation Editor

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 6, 2024)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


When using the Equation Editor, you can control the spacing applied by the Equation Editor between the baseline of a character in an equation and the baseline of a subscript to that character. The value you specify represents a percentage of the normal baseline spacing. Thus, a setting of 10% represents a spacing that is 1/10 the normal baseline distance. You can set this adjustment by following these steps:

  1. Choose Spacing from the Format menu. The Equation Editor displays the Spacing dialog box.
  2. Click on the Subscript depth box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Subscript depth box of the Spacing dialog box.

  4. Enter a subscript depth spacing that is a percentage of normal.
  5. Click on OK.

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