Below is the Alt code keyboard shortcut for inserting the **cubed symbol** (³). If you are new to ALT codes and need detailed instructions on how to use them, please read How to Use ALT Codes to Enter Special Characters. The Alt code for the superscript 3 or cubed (³) symbol on Windows systems is 0179. To enter the superscript 3 symbol using the Alt code, hold down the Alt key and, while keeping it pressed, type 0179 using the numeric keypad. Then, release the Alt key, and the superscript 3 (³) symbol should appear. On an Apple Mac US keyboard, press the Option key, and while keeping it pressed, type 00B3. Please note that Alt codes may not work in all applications or with all keyboard configurations, as it depends on the specific settings and character encoding. If these methods do not work, simply copy and paste the superscript 3 or cubed sign below.

**Click the cubed symbol (superscript 3) to copy:**

**³**

Symbol | ³ |

Symbol Name | Superscript threeSuperscript digit three Cubed |

Windows Alt Code | ALT 0179 |

Windows Alt X Code | 00B3 ALT X |

Mac Option Key Shortcut | Option 00B3 |

HTML Entity Named Character Reference | ³ |

HTML Entity Numeric Character Reference (Hexadecimal) | ³ |

HTML Entity Numeric Character Reference (Decimal) | ³ |

Unicode Code Point | U+00B3 |

## Meaning and Usage of the Cubed or Superscript Three Symbol ³

The superscript 3 symbol (³) is a typographic symbol used to denote the mathematical operation of cubing a number or indicating that a quantity is raised to the power of 3. It visually represents the exponentiation of a value by 3.

The superscript 3 symbol (³) is derived from the Latin letter “C,” which historically represented the Latin word “cube.” It has a small raised appearance above the baseline and is typically placed after a number or variable to indicate the cubing operation.

For example:

- 2³ represents 2 raised to the power of 3, which is equal to 2 multiplied by itself three times: 2³ = 2 × 2 × 2 = 8.
- y³ represents the variable “y” raised to the power of 3.

The superscript 3 symbol is commonly used in mathematics, physics, engineering, and various scientific fields where cubing or representing powers of 3 is relevant. It can be used to indicate volumes, cubes, or the third power of a measurement or value.

The cubed or superscript three symbol (³) is a part of the set of **ALT Codes for Math Symbols: Superscript & Subscript Numbers**. For the the complete list of the ASCII based Windows ALT Codes, refer to Windows ALT Codes for Special Characters & Symbols.