Strikethrough, alternatively known as Strikeout, is a commonly used tool by editors or proofreaders to indicate an error in erroneous draft contents. Striking through mistaken words is easy in the case of hard copies. But how can you do it when you need to proofread a softcopy? There are various shortcuts assigned for this on different platforms of how to strikethrough in skype, Microsoft word, Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, etc. Let’s dive into it!
How to Strikethrough in Skype
Step-1: First, add a tilde (~) before the text you would like to strike through
Step-2: Next, type the text you wish to strike through
Step-3: Add another tilde (~) after the text and the text in the middle will be crossed out.
How to Strikethrough in Word
You can create a single line, double line, or your customized strikeout line in word. A double line strikeout is more readily noticeable by readers. But you have to remember, a strikethrough line can change and it will no longer remain seamless if you change the font style and font size of the text.
Single Line Strikethrough in Word
Step-1: Select the texts you want to strikethrough
Step-2: Select the “Home” menu from the Ribbon (below the Title Bar)
Step-3: Click on the “Strikethrough” (
abc) icon from the font section.
Single Line Strikethrough Keyboard Shortcut “Alt+K” or “Ctrl+5”
Double line strikethrough in word
Step-1: First, select the text you will strikeout
Step-2: From “Home”, open the font window. To do that, click on the small icon on the bottom-right side of the font section. Or, you can use the “Ctrl+D” keyboard shortcut.
Step-3: Select the “Double strikethrough” checkbox and click on ok.
Double Line Strike-Through Keyboard Shortcut “Alt+L”
Strikethrough with your created line in word
Step-1: First, locate the texts you would like to strikeout in the word file
Step-2: Select the “Insert” menu from the ribbon.
Step-3: From the Insert menu, go to the “Shapes” icon.
Step-4: There you will find a drop-down menu and you have to select the first line in the “Line” section.
Step-5: Draw the line halfway up from the bottom of the text line by moving the cursor across the text and holding the shift key. You can also create a diagonal cross-out line using the cursor.
Step-6: From the “Format” option you can customize the line according to your desire. You can change the line color, line weight, etc. from the “Shape Outline” menu under the Format menu.
How to Strikethrough in Excel
Excel is a great software to enlist a huge amount of data, then convert to pdf, or encrypt values. There is no direct “Strikethrough” command on the ribbon in Excel like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Let’s have a look at how you can cross-out texts in excel.
Horizontal Strikeout in Excel
Step-1: First, from the spreadsheet, select the cell or range of cells you want to strikeout.
Step-2: Use the “Ctrl+1” shortcut to open up the format cells dialog box. Alternatively, you can get to the window by selecting the bottom-right small arrow icon on the “font” section.
Step-3: Go to the “Font” Tab from the format cell dialog box.
Step-4: Finally, select the “Strikethrough” and hit ok.
The Keyboard Shortcut for Horizontal Strikethrough “Ctrl+5” or “Alt+K”
Diagonal Strikeout in Excel
Step-1: First, from the spreadsheet, select the cells you want to strikeout.
Step-2: Use the “Ctrl+1” shortcut to open up the format cells dialog box. Alternatively, you can get to the window by selecting the bottom-right small icon on the “font” section.
Step-3: Go to the “Border” Tab.
Step-4: Finally, add the diagonal lines you prefer across the cells and hit ok.
How to Strikethrough In Google Docs
Step-1: Select the texts you are going to cross-out
Step-2: Now, open up the “Format” tab
Step-3: Open up the “Text” option
Step-4: Finally, Select the “Strikethrough” command to strike out the selected texts.
Strikethrough Keyboard Shortcut for Google Docs “Alt+Shift+5”
A strikethrough line indicates that the text is no longer required or relevant and should be removed. In this article, so far, we discussed how to strikethrough in commonly used platforms like skype, Word, Excel, and google docs. We discussed the process for each using a few compendious and easy-to-follow steps. Just a few clicks or simple keyboard shortcuts and the work will be done. Hopefully, you will find it helpful.