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Typing Powers

Typing xm

Start with the expression that will be the base.
Type x.
Click for copyable input
Create a built-up power by pressing the Control key and the 6 key at the same time.
Press Ctrl+6 or Ctrl+^.
Click for copyable input
Type the exponent into the placeholder (which is already selected).
Type m.
Click for copyable input
Move the insertion point out of the exponent down to the baseline by pressing the Control key and the Space bar at the same time.
Press Ctrl+Space.
Click for copyable input

Typing xm+yn

Start with the expression that will be the base.
Type x.
Click for copyable input
Create a built-up power by pressing the Control key and the 6 key at the same time.
Press Ctrl+6 or Ctrl+^.
Click for copyable input
Type the exponent into the placeholder (which is already selected).
Type m.
Click for copyable input
Move the insertion point out of the exponent down to the baseline by pressing the Control key and the Space bar at the same time.
Press Ctrl+Space.
Click for copyable input
Type +.
Click for copyable input
Add the second power in a similar way.
Type y, press Ctrl+^, type n, and press Ctrl+Space.
Click for copyable input

Typing xm+n

Start with the expression that will be the base.
Type x.
Click for copyable input
Create a built-up power by pressing the Control key and the 6 key at the same time.
Press Ctrl+6 or Ctrl+^.
Click for copyable input
Type the exponent into the placeholder (which is already selected).
Type m+n.
Click for copyable input
Move the insertion point out of the exponent down to the baseline by pressing the Control key and the Space bar at the same time.
Press Ctrl+Space.
Click for copyable input

Typing

Start with the expression that will be the base.
Type x.
Click for copyable input
Create a built-up power by pressing the Control key and the 6 key at the same time.
Press Ctrl+6 or Ctrl+^.
Click for copyable input
Type the exponent into the placeholder (which is already selected).
Type m.
Click for copyable input
Construct a built-up fraction in the exponent.
Press Ctrl+/, type n.
Click for copyable input
Press the Control key and the Space bar twice to get down to the baseline.
Press Ctrl+Space twice.
Click for copyable input