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Subscript[x, y]
is an object that formats as x_y.
Subscript[x, y1, y2, ...]
formats as x_(y_1,y_2,…).
  • In a notebook, a subscript can be created using Ctrl+_ or Ctrl+-. Ctrl+Space moves out of the subscript position.
  • Input of the form x_y in a notebook is interpreted as Subscript[x, y].
  • The baseline of Subscript[x, y] is taken to be the baseline of x.
  • Subscript[x, y] is normally output with y in a smaller font than x.
Generate a subscript:
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To enter directly enter a Ctrl+- n:
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A matrix of subscripted elements:
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