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How to Strikethrough Text (l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶) in Word, Excel & PowerPoint

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In this post you'll learn how to strikethrough text (like this) in Word, 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 Excel you have to work through the Format Cells dialog box.

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

Picture of where the strikethrough command is located in Word and PowerPoint, found on the Home tab in the Font group

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.

In Microsoft Word, from the Home tab select the strikethrough command in the Font group

#1: Use the default strikethrough command in your Word Ribbon.

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

Selecting the command once crosses out your text. Selecting the command a second time (with your text still selected) removes the crossed out effect.

To open the Font dialog box in Word, click the dialog arrow in at the lower right-hand corner of the Font group from the home tab

#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.

In the Font dialog box you will find the Strikethrough command

Text effect options in Word

Examples of the different text effects options available in the Font dialog box in Microsoft 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

To learn the different ways to shortcut these text effect options, see our guide here.

How to Strikethrough text in Excel

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

Example of the four different strikethrough effects in Microsoft Excel

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).

In Excel, open the Format Cells dialog box to the Font tab to access the Strikethrough text command

How to 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.

You can create a diagonal strikethrough effect from the Format Cells dialog box by adding diagonal cell borders across your cell

How to 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.

Text effect options in Excel

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

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 in the Font group

Using the PowerPoint Ribbon strikethrough command

  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.

To open the font dialog box in PowerPoint, click the downward facing arrow in the Font group on the Home tab

Using the Font Dialog box strikethrough command

  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
In the Font dialog box put a check mark next to the strikethrough command to apply the effect

Text effect options in PowerPoint

Examples of the different text effect options available to you in the Font dialog box in Microsoft 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
  • Equalize Character Higher: Alt + Q

To see how to shortcut these different text effects in PowerPoint, see our guide here.

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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Updated on July 19, 2019

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