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Strikethrough Shortcut Key (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

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So you want to cross out text (like this) in Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint using your keyboard shortcuts...

You are in luck!

Word, Excel and PowerPoint all have different sets of keyboard shortcuts you can use to create the strike through text effect.

On top of that, you will see that there are a variety of other text effects you can quickly apply if you use the Font Dialog box shortcuts described below:

If you are NOT interested in learning the keyboard shortcuts but still want to create the crossed out text effect in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, see our guide here.


Strikethrough Shortcut in Excel

There are three keyboard shortcuts you can use to get at the Font Dialog box in Excel to create the strike through text effect.

Hit control plus 5 on your keyboard to use the strikethough text shortcut in Excel

#1: Strikethrough text in Excel using the Ctrl + 5 shortcut

  1. Select the cells that you want to strikethrough in your spreadsheet
  2. Hit Ctrl + 5 on your keyboard
To open the Format cells dialog box in Excel, hit Alt then H then F then N on you keyboard

#2: Strikethrough text in Excel using your Ribbon Guide Shortcuts

  1. Select the cells that you want to strikethrough in your spreadsheet
  2. Hit Alt, then H, then FN on your keyboard to open the Font dialog box
  3. Hit Alt + K to select the Strikethrough effect
  4. Then hit Enter to accept the changes

Hitting Alt + K inside the Font dialog box automatically selects the command for strike through. Alternatively, you can click the strike through command with your mouse if you don't want to remember the Alt + K shortcut.

Examples of the different text effect options available to you in the Format Cells dialog box in Microsoft Excel

#3: Strikethrough text using the Format Cells shortcut

  1. Select the cells that you want to strikethrough in your spreadsheet
  2. Hit Ctrl + 1 on your keyboard to open the Format Cells dialog box
  3. Inside the dialog box, hit F to jump to the Font options (if it is not already open)
  4. Hit Alt + K to select the strikethrough option
  5. Then Hit Enter to accept the changes

Also, a quick note on the Font Dialog box in Excel to remember is that the dialog box always opens exactly as you left it the last time you used it (see the tabs of the dialog box below).

Examples of the different tabs in the Format Cells dialog box in Excel

That means that if you last used the Font tab when you closed out of the dialog box, the next time you open the dialog box, it will start with the Font tab selected.

Inside the Font tab you will also find a few other text effects that you can apply using your keyboard shortcuts. To use these shortcuts, simply hold the Alt key and hit the underlined letter (as pictured below).

The different text effect options you can access by holding the Alt key and hitting the underlined letter
  • Strikethrough: Alt + K
  • Superscript: ALt + E
  • Subscript: Alt + B

Strikethrough Shortcut in Word

There are two different shortcuts you can use to put a line through your text in Microsoft Word (like this).

Which one is better depends on what you are doing and how many formatting options you want to put at your fingertips (like the double strikethrough effect).

Hit Alt then H then 4 on your keyboard to use the Ribbon strikethrough shortcut in Microsoft Word

#1: Use your Ribbon guide shortcuts to cross out text in Word (PC only)

  1. Select the text you want to strike out in your Word document
  2. On your keyboard hit Alt, H, 4

Note: To make the Alt, H, 4 shortcut work, you DO NOT need to hold the keys down.

Instead, simply hit and let go of the Alt key, then hit and let go of the H key and finally hit and let go of the 4 key.

If you don't want to use your keyboard shortcuts in Word, you can alternatively just click the command for strike through in the Ribbon using your mouse.

Examples of the font dialog box text effect options in Microsoft Word

#2: Use your Font Dialog Box shortcuts in Word to cross out text

  1. Select the text you want to strikethrough
  2. Hit Ctrl + D to open the Font Dialog box
  3. Inside the Font Dialog Box, hit Alt + K to select the Strikethrough
  4. Hit Enter for okay
Use the Alt key plus the underlined letter to shortcut to each text effect
  • Strikethrough: Alt + K 
  • Double Strikethrough: Alt + L
  • Superscript: Alt + P
  • Subscript: Alt + B
  • Small caps: Alt + M
  • All caps: Alt + A
  • Hidden: Alt + H

To remove a strikethrough in Word, simply select the text and either use the shortcut again to remove it, or hit Ctrl + Spacebar to remove all formatting (reverting the formatting back to whatever is set on your template).

Subscript and Superscript shortcuts

Although you can use the Font Dialog Box to add subscripts and superscripts in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, you can also just use their dedicated keyboard shortcuts instead.

To apply the subscript formatting in Word or Excel, select text and then hit the control plus equal sign key on your keyboard

To Subscript in Word or PowerPoint, simply:

  1. Select the text you want to Subscript
  2. Hit Ctrl + = on your keyboard

Hitting the shortcut once applies the subscript formatting. Hitting it a second time removes it.

To apply the superscript formatting in Word or PowerPoint, select your text and hit control plus shift plus equals sign on your keyboard

To Superscript in Word or PowerPoint, simply:

  1. Select the text you want to Superscript
  2. Hit Ctrl + Shift + = on your keyboard

Hitting the shortcut once applies the Superscript formatting. Hitting it a second time removes it.

To learn other useful PowerPoint shortcuts like this, see our shortcut guide here.


Strikethrough Shortcut in PowerPoint

Just like in Word, there are there are two different shortcuts you can use to put a line through your text in Microsoft PowerPoint (like this).

Which one is better?

That depends on what you are trying to accomplish and/or how many formatting options you want at your fingertips (with the Font Dialog Box shortcut giving you more options).

Hit Alt then H then 4 on your keyboard to apply the strikethrough effect in Microsoft PowerPoint

#1: Cross out text in PowerPoint using your Ribbon Guide Shortcuts (for PC users)

  1. Select the text (or object with text in it) that you want to strikethrough on your slide
  2. On your keyboard hit Alt, H, 4

Note: To make the Alt, H, 4 shortcut work, you do not need to hold the keys down. Instead, simply hit and let go of the Alt key, hit and let go of the H key, then hit and let go of the 4 key.

Examples of the different text effect options available in the Font group in Microsoft PowerPoint

#2: Use your Font dialog box shortcuts to cross out text in PowerPoint

  1. Select the text (or object with text) that you want to strikethrough on your slide
  2. Hit Ctrl + T on your keyboard to open the Font Dialog box
  3. Inside the Font Dialog Box, hit Alt + K to select the single strikethrough
  4. Hit Enter for okay

If you use the Font Dialog box shortcut in PowerPoint (Ctrl + T), you also open up a number a number of other formatting options that you can additionally shortcut inside the dialog box by holding the Alt key and hitting the effects underlined letter (as pictured below).

Text effect options available with the underlined letters you can use to active them with your Alt key
  • Strikethrough: Alt + K
  • Double Strikethrough: Alt + L
  • Superscript: Alt + P
  • Subscript: Alt + B
  • Small caps: Alt + M
  • All caps: Alt + A
  • Equalize Character Height: Alt + Q

To remove a strikethrough in PowerPoint, simply select the text (or object) with the strike out effect and either use the shortcut again, or hit Ctrl + Space Bar on you keyboard to clear all of the text’s formatting (reverting it back to the formatting set for your template).

To learn how to create a PowerPoint template from scratch that you can use across your organization, see our step-by-step guide here.


Conclusion

As you can see, there are a variety of keyboard shortcuts you can use across the Microsoft Office suite to cross out text.

And while the keyboard shortcuts in Word and PowerPoint nice, the Font Dialog boxes give you the most formatting options.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to learn other keyboard shortcuts and tricks to speed up your work, visit us here.

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Updated on October 8, 2019

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