In this post you’ll learn how to strikethrough text (like this) in Word, Google Docs, Excel and PowerPoint, which is same-same but different.

That’s because while PowerPoint and Word both have the strikethrough command available in the Microsoft Ribbon (pictured below), to strike out text in Google Docs and Excel you have to go through your file menus..

Or in Excel, you can use the Ctrl+5 shortcut to cross out your text.

The strikethrough text command in the Word and PowerPoint Ribbon

On top of that, regardless of which Microsoft Office program you are using, if you navigate through the Font dialog box (or Format Cells dialog box in Excel) you get a bunch of other useful text effect options you can apply to your text (discussed for each of the programs below).

If you want to strikethrough text outside of Microsoft Office (like in a YouTube comment), you can check out the following post by Online Sense here.

How to strikethrough text in Word

There are two ways you can strikethrough text in Microsoft Word.

Neither one is better or worse, it just depends on the number of features you want to get access too as you can see with the second, Font Dialog box method below.

1. Use the strikethrough command in your Ribbon.

  1. Select the text you want to cross out
  2. Navigate to the Home tab
  3. Click the Strikethrough command

Note: If you are using this strikethrough effect as part of adding comments and recommendations to your Word documents, a better method is to use Word’s built-in Comments command. To learn how to add comments in Word, read our guide here.

2. Use Font Dialog box strikethrough command

  1. Select the text you want to cross out
  2. Click the downward facing arrow (pictured above) in the in Font group to open the Font dialog box
  3. Select Strikethrough (pictured below)
  4. Click OK

Checking the box will cross out your selected text. Unchecking the box remove the crossed out text effect.

3. Text effect options in Word

The advantage of using the Font Dialog box is it gives you 7 other text effect options you can apply to your text (as you can see in the picture above).

  • Strikethrough: Alt + K
  • Double Strikethrough: Alt + L
  • Superscript: Alt + P
  • Subscript: Alt + B
  • Small caps: Alt + M
  • All caps: Alt + A
  • Hidden: Alt + H
Note: To learn all of the strikethrough shortcuts for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, see our guide here.

How to Strikethrough in Google Docs

If you are using Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word, you can still strikethrough text in your documents.

From the Format Tab, select Text and then Select Strikethrough in Google Docs

To cross out text in Google docs, simply:

  1. Select the Text you want to strikethrough
  2. Open the Format tab
  3. Open the Text menu
  4. Select Strikethrough
Selecting the command, you should see the cross out text effect below.
Example of what crossed out text looked like in Google Docs

The Text menu is also where you will find the Bold, Italic, Underline, Superscript and Subscript text effects, and their keyboard shortcuts.

PC and Mac shortcuts for the different text effects in Google Docs

Note: You can also use your keyboard shortcuts to cross out text in Google docs. Each shortcut is different depending on the OS system you are using.

To use the Google Docs strikethrough shortcut on your PC, simply:

  1. Select your Text
  2. Hit Alt + Shift + 5 on your keyboard
The strikethrough shortcut on a Mac in Google Docs is Command plus Shift plus X

To use the Google Docs strikethrough shortcut on your MAC , simply:

  1. Select your Text
  2. Hit Cmd + Shift + X on your keyboard

How to Strikethrough text in Excel

There are 4 different ways you can strike out text in Excel using the Format Cells dialog box.

And the reason there there are so many options in Excel is because you can leverage cell borders to create the diagonal cross out text effect (described below).

1. Horizontally strikethrough text in Excel:

  1. Select the cells you want to strikeout in your spreadsheet
  2. Hit Ctrl + 1 to open the Format Cells dialog box
  3. Navigate to the Font tab
  4. Select Strikethrough
  5. Click OK

Selecting OK, your text will be crossed out horizontally within the cell, similar to the effect discussed above in Microsoft Word.

Use the Borders tab to create a diagonal cell strikethrough in Excel

2. Diagonally strikethrough text in Excel:

  1. Select the cells you want to strikeout in your spreadsheet
  2. Hit Ctrl + 1 to open the Format Cells dialog box
  3. Navigate to the Border tab
  4. Add the diagonal lines (picture above) that you want across your cell
  5. Click OK

Applying a diagonal border once, applies the effect to your cell. Applying a second time removes the dialog effect.

So if you later want to remove this diagonal crossed out effect, simply navigate back to the Format Cells dialog box and re-apply the diagonal cell borders to remove the.

3. Text effect options in Excel

Text Effect options in Microsoft Excel

Inside the Format Cells dialog box in Excel, there are 3 other text effects you can apply to your text (as pictured above):

  • Strikethrough: Alt + K
  • Superscript: Alt + E
  • Subscript: Alt + B
Note: To learn the different ways to shortcut these different text effect options in Excel, see our guide here.

How To Strikethrough Text In PowerPoint

There are two different ways to cross out text in PowerPoint.

Neither one is better or worse, it just depends on how many of the text effect options you want to open up, as you’ll see below with the Font dialog box method.

From the Home tab in PowerPoint select the Strikethrough command
1. Use the Strikethrough command in the Ribbon
  1. Select the text you want to cross out in your slide
  2. Navigate to the Home tab
  3. Click the Strikethrough command

To later remove the crossed out text effect, simply reapply the strikethrough command to your text or select your text and hit Ctrl + Spacebar on your keyboard to wipe out the text formatting.

From the Home tab select the Font options dialog box to see your text effect options in PowerPoint

2. Use strikethrough command in the Font dialog box

  1. Select the text you want to cross out
  2. Click the downward facing arrow in the in Font group to open the Font dialog box
  3. Select Strikethrough (pictured below)
  4. Click OK
Examples of the text effects options inside Microsoft PowerPoint
Using the Font dialog box you do not get a live preview of the effect. After selecting the effect you want in the dialog box, click OK to see the effect applied to your text.

3. Text effect options in PowerPoint

In addition to the strikethrough command, using the Font Dialog box in PowerPoint gives you a total of 7 text effects you can apply to your text (as pictured below).
  • 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

Conclusion

As you can see, there are a variety of different ways you can strikethrough text in the different Microsoft Office programs.

While these options are available to you in the Word and PowerPoint ribbons, the Font Dialog boxes give you the most text effect options to work with.

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