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

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Striking out text (like this) in Word, Excel and PowerPoint 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 use the Ctrl+5 shortcut.

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).

How to strikethrough text in Word

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

#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

#2: Use the 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

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).

1. Strikethrough: Alt + K

2. Double Strikethrough: Alt + L

3. Superscript: Alt + P

4. Subscript: Alt + B

5. Small caps: Alt + M

6. All caps: Alt + A

7. Hidden: Alt + H

To learn the different ways to shortcut these text effect options, see Strikethrough Shortcuts (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

How to Strikethrough 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).

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 okay

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 you want across your cell

5. Click okay

Text effect options in 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
  • Superscript
  • Subscript

To learn the different ways to shortcut these different text effect options, see Strikethrough Shortcuts (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

How to strikethrough in PowerPoint

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

#1: Use the strikethrough command in your PowerPoint 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 strikethrough, simply select the text and either unselect the strikethrough command or hit Ctrl + Spacebar on your keyboard to wipe out the text formatting.

#2: Use the 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 okay

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
  • Equalize Character Higher: Alt + Q

To learn the different shortcuts to these commands in each Office application, see Strikethrough Shortcuts (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

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Updated on February 28, 2019

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