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Strikethrough Text in Word: 5 Different Methods and Shortcuts

Strikethrough is a formatting option that allows you to draw a line through the text, indicating that it is (or to be) deleted, incorrect, or irrelevant. It can be useful for editing, annotating, or emphasizing certain words or phrases. In this blog post, you will learn how to strikethrough text in Microsoft Word using different methods and shortcuts. Let’s get started!

Five methods to strikethrough text in Ms Word

Method 1: Strikethrough text using Ribbon

This is the most common method to strikethrough text in Ms Word. Use the following steps to strikethrough text.

  1. Select the text you want to strikethrough.
  2. Navigate to the “Home” tab and click “Strikethrough” icon in the Font group. It resembles the letter ‘ab’ with a line through it.
    strikethrough text using ribbon

Method 2: Right-Click Context Menu

  1. Select the text you want to strikethrough.
  2. Right-Click on the Text to open a context menu and choose Font.
  3. In the Font dialog box, check the “Strikethrough” option, then click “OK.”
    strikethrough text right click

Method 3: Keyboard Shortcut (Windows & Mac)

  1. Select the Text that you need to strikethrough.
  2. Keyboard shortcut are as follows
    • Ms Word (Windows): Press ‘Alt, H, 4’ keys one after other in succession.
    • Ms Word (Mac): the shortcut keys are “Command+Shift+X”

Method 4: Create custom shortcut to strikethrough

In Ms Word, you can custom create shortcut for any command including strikethrough. Use the following steps to custom create shortcut for strikethrough.

  1. Go to File > Options (Windows) or “Word” > “Preferences” (macOS) to open Word Options/Preferences respectively.
  2. In tab “Customize Ribbon” click Customize beside Keyboard shortcuts.custom shortcut in Ms Word
  3. Under Categories, select Home Tab and Under Commands, select Strikethrough.assign custom shortcut key to strikethrough
  4. In the Press new shortcut key box, press the key combination you want to use for strikethrough. For example, you can press “Alt+Shift+S”
  5. Click Assign to assign the shortcut key to strikethrough.
  6. Click Close to close the dialog box.

Method 5: Add strikethrough to quick access toolbar

If you use strikethrough option quite regularly, then adding it to quick access tab could be a time saver. After this, you can access strikethrough button from quick access area from any tab. Steps to add strikethrough button in quick access are as follows:

  1. Locate the Font section in the Home tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Right-click on the Strikethrough button (the one with an ab and a line across it).
  3. Select Add to Quick Access Toolbar from the drop-down menu.
    add strikethrough to quickaccess bar
  4. The Strikethrough button will appear on the top-left corner of your window below the ribbon.

You can use it to apply or remove strikethrough to any text by selecting it and clicking the button.


Ms Word has 5 different ways to strikethrough text. The present blog covers all these different ways including shortcut.

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