The Curious Case of Strikethrough in Word and Excel

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I often find myself using the strikethrough feature in both Word and Excel to mark items as completed. This feature is fairly straightforward in Word, as a strikethrough icon appears prominently on the Home tab in Word 2007 and later. Conversely, in Excel this feature doesn't have its own icon, but it does have a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl-5. Yet there's no built-in shortcut for strikethrough in Word. In this article, I'll describe a couple of ways that you can streamline access to this – and pretty much any feature – in both Word and Excel.

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By Quack doctor
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

Try F4 in Word. :)

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By David Ringstrom
fschmidtAWEB
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

Yes, F4 will repeat the action, but won't create the initial strikethrough. Thanks for contributing, though!

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By narayan
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

does the shortcut work? it didn't work on mine! Do you mean Ctrl and then minus 5 or simply Ctrl and 5.

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By David Ringstrom
Hitendra
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

You have to use the 5 across the top of your keyboard. You may be trying the 5 on your numberpad, which won't work.

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By guest
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

command + Shift + X works on mine for strikethrough. On word version 14.3.9

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By David Ringstrom
Michelle Rated
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

Thanks for contributing. Although that works on the Mac platform, there's not a equivalent keystroke in Windows.

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By Kyle Danning
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

Thank you very much for this short tutorial. I have been using Ctrl+5 for quite some time, but I get sick of doing it that way in Excel. Too difficult to stretch those fingers. Though when adding the command to Quick Access Toolbar, and moving it to "Alt+2" or to the "Alt+3" spot, it make its so much easier. Thank you.

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By David Ringstrom
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

I'm so glad you found my article helpful! The Quick Access Toolbar is one of my favorite features in Excel/Word. I'm constantly rotating icons through there based on whatever repetitive tasks surface on a given day.

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By Nils
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

Just a tip, if strike-through is needed for sticky notes on Win7, CTRL+T works for me (along with the standard CTRL+B/I/U for bold, italic and underlined).

However, I haven't found an easy shortcut in Outlook 2010 to get strike through format...

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By David Ringstrom
Jun 26th 2015 01:11

Nils, thanks for bringing Sticky Notes to my attention. I wasn't aware of that Windows 7 feature. I don't have Outlook 2010 installed on any of my computers at the moment, but you can add Strikethrough in almost exactly the same fashion as I described above. What's different is Outlook as multiple Quick Access Toolbars, so open an appointment or message window, follow the steps described above to access the More Commands option, and look for Strikethrough in the All Commands list.

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