Apply or Remove Strikethrough Using Shortcuts in Excel

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated July 20, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Excel® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can apply strikethrough to text or values in Excel to cross out or create a line through a cell or part of a cell. There are 3 common ways to apply strikethrough in your Excel worksheets – using a built-in keyboard shortcut, using the Format Cells dialog box, or by adding a command to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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What is strikethrough?

Strikethrough is a character format that can be applied to text or values in a cell where a line appears through the cell or selected text. Because it’s a format, it can be removed easily. If you double-click in a cell, you can drag over the text or values and apply strikethrough.

Applying strikethrough using a built-in keyboard shortcut

To apply strikethrough to a cell using a built-in keyboard shortcut:

  1. Select the cell you want to strikethrough.
  2. Press Ctrl + 5.

If you double-click in a cell and then highlight text or partial text in a cell, you can still use this shortcut. Press Ctrl + 5 if you want to remove strikethrough as well.

Applying strikethrough using the Format Cells dialog box

To apply strikethrough to a cell or the contents of a cell using the Format Cells dialog box and keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Select the cell you want to strikethrough. You can also double-click in a cell and drag over partial text.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + F. The Format Cells dialog box appears with the Font tab selected.
  3. Press Alt + K to select Strikethrough (note that k is the underlined letter).
  4. Press Enter.

Below is the Format Cells dialog box in Excel with Strikethrough selected:

Format Cells dialog box in Excel with Strikethrough selected.

Adding Strikethrough to the Quick Access Toolbar

Another strategy is to add Strikethrough to the Quick Access Toolbar and then access it using Alt.

It’s typically easier to work with the Quick Access Toolbar if you display it below the Ribbon. If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the Ribbon, click the down arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar and select Show Below the Ribbon from the drop-down menu.

To add Strikethrough to the Quick Access Toolbar in Excel:

  1. Click the down arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar and select More commands from the drop-down menu. The Options dialog box appears.
  2. Below Choose command from, select All Commands from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the list of commands, click Strikethrough and then click Add.
  4. In the list of commands below Customize Quick Access Toolbar, click Strikethrough.
  5. Click the up arrow that appears on the far right until the button appears at the top of the list (you can move it to the second position, third position, etc.).
  6. Click OK.
  7. Press Alt. Key tips appear on the Quick Access Toolbar. If you have moved Strikethrough to the first position, press 1 to apply it. If you have moved Strikethrough to the second position, press 2 to apply it and so on. These are sequential shortcuts, so press Alt and then the number.

Below is the Options dialog box in Excel and Strikethrough has been added on the right:

Strikethrough in Options dialog box in Excel.

You can also simply click the Strikethrough command on the Quick Access Toolbar to apply or remove it.

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You can apply strikethrough to text or values in Excel to cross out or create a line through a cell or part of a cell. There are 3 common ways to apply strikethrough in your Excel worksheets - using a built-in keyboard shortcut, using the Font dialog box, or by adding a command to the Quick Access Toolbar.
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