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
to 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
to 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
to 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 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
to rajani
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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Apr 26th 2017 07:49

I am a professional writer and I mostly interact with MS Office or Excel. When I was writing an assignment for Assignment Help On Web UK because I do the job here so by Clicking on strikethrough, underline then pick a color in addition to then type the word. It is done simply.

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Apr 27th 2017 06:16

I am short on time here, but I think you can write a macro that would wait on input and that would solve your problem. dissertation help services uk In other words the macro would unhide your columns, then wait for you to click on a cell, then would hide the columns and then your other format condition would do the strike through. I would go to the MS support section on Excel and ask for VBA help for Excel. I have gotten a lot of VBA help through this community of pros.

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Apr 28th 2017 13:58

I have done work with strikethrough, its very difficult

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By dwyane
Aug 11th 2017 05:10

Strikethrough is a feature that can be enabled in both Word and Excel according to our requirements. The article clearly explains the importance and scopes of Strikethrough. I am expecting more posts on this blog. Thank you! www.make-up-by-cory-denver.com

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Aug 21st 2017 12:35

Understanding word and excel is not something hard. Thanks to you for helping us know about the Strikethrough in Word and Excel and what this indicates. I have to use both this daily for my office jobs, and reading your Martin International Enclosures Inc articles help me handle them better.

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