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A Guide to Strikethrough on Google Docs

June 10, 2019

If you’re like me, then it’s common to feel indecisive while writing.

“Could I word this sentence better?” or, “should I delete this part?” are common thoughts that run through any writer’s mind. Luckily, Google Docs has a way to combat uncertainty without having to permanently delete the text.

Strikethrough in Google Docs allows users to draw a line through a piece of text. That way if you want to disregard aspects of your document, you can do so and still use that information later.

How to strikethrough in Google Docs

Most people will agree that one of the most difficult parts about writing is editing. However, if you’re not ready to hit delete, learn how to use strikethrough so that you can indicate which sections should be disregarded.

In need of a short-cut? Look no further:

For a more details on how to implement strikethrough in Google Docs, follow this step-by-step guide:

1. Select and highlight the text

To start, select the portion of text you would like to draw a line through. From there, drag your cursor over the text, so that the segment is highlighted.

select and highlight text

Tip: Need a short cut? Follow step one and then use this keyboard shortcut to strikethrough text in a more efficient way.

  • macOS: ⌘ + Shift + X
  • Windows: Alt + Shift + 5

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2. Click “Format” in the toolbar

Next, find the toolbar that is placed horizontally across the top of the page. Move your cursor to the “Format” button and click.

3. Hover your cursor over the “Text” button and choose “Strikethrough”

Once you click on “Format,” a drop-down menu should appear. From that list of options, hover your cursor over the “Text” button. From there, another pop-up menu will appear. Select the option labeled “Strikethrough.”

format, text, strikethrough

The text you selected should now look like this:


Tip: Make a mistake along the way? Learn how to delete a page in Google Docs.

Strikethrough expert

Don’t let your indecisiveness get the best of you while editing in Google Docs. Now that you understand how to implement strikethrough, you can disregard certain parts of your document but also keep them around for later.

If you’re interested in learning about some other editing tools on Google Docs, check out how to double space on Google Docs and how to use find and replace in Google Docs.

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