The keyboard shortcut ctrl+_ for subscript does not work on Mac OSX (Swiss keyboard layout). If I use German layout, I can make subscript but no fraction. I've tested on different machines. It always gives a fraction instead, for which the shortcut is ctrl+-.

  • $\begingroup$ on my german layout I use crtl+/ for fraction $\endgroup$
    – Andreas
    Mar 14, 2021 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ And what do you use for subscript? $\endgroup$
    – Pueggel
    Mar 15, 2021 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ I use crtl+- as indicated in menu 'Insert'->Typesetting $\endgroup$
    – Andreas
    Mar 16, 2021 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ I have a similar problem: On my american keyboard on mac OS, NONE of the control initiated sequences work on the wolfram cloud. It just beeps at me! $\endgroup$
    – relatively
    Sep 21, 2021 at 18:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Andreas I can confirm that with German layout these work. With Swiss layout however, both give a fraction :( $\endgroup$
    – Pueggel
    Oct 13, 2021 at 13:57

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On my Swiss keyboard layout and a fresh installation, I can use ctrl-shift-6 to get the superscript box, and ctrl-5 to jump into the subscript. It's a workaround, I guess.


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