# "ˆ" superscript in LATEX sometimes works and sometimes doesn't

### Steps to reproduce

Sometimes when I type $xˆ2$ I get a nice x squared - and sometimes I just get xˆ2

e.g. \frac{xˆ2 + x = 6}{x-2}

When the ^does not work - it appears red in the code (but not in the output)

### Environment

• Operating system: Mac OS 12.6
• Debug info:
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Obsidian version: v1.0.0
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moved to help

Is the “= 6” out of place?

I played with the original equation by pasting it in Obsidian between either $'s or$$'s and had your problem, then I made the denominator x^2 which work, then I changed the numerator to be x + x^2 which worked, then I made it x^2 + x^2 which worked, then I made it x^2 + x and that worked. Strange! Sorry - that = is a mistake - but it doesn’t work anywhere else. Even if I just write$xˆ2\$.

Thanks - although this may be a bug? Let’s see.

This is not a bug. You are using the wrong input. You are using ˆ instead of ^

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Thanks! Quick question - how do I type in the larger caret? Sorry - I am using the one above the 6.

Solved it - U.S. International - PC keyboard was creating the smaller caret. Switch to US regular keyboard in it is ok.

Thank you! @WhiteNoise

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