Strikethrough text in Google Docs is a commonly used feature. Sometimes, you’ll need to use the strikethrough text functionality in Google Docs, and it helps to know just how to access that functionality.

What is the strikethrough, you ask?

The strikethrough is a feature on word processors that allows you to cross out certain words while still leaving those words visible to the reader. Like this.

This is an awesome function if you’re a blogger who likes making sassy comments after delivering information or if you manage content marketing projects and love to feel the dopamine rush of a crossed off to-do list item.

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But the strikethrough function isn’t always listed in an obvious place in the toolbar, especially if you’re using Google Docs.

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Getting a handle on using the strikethrough function is pretty easy work, actually.  It just involves memorizing keyboard shortcuts or nested folders in Google Doc’s toolbar menus.

So, how do you strikethrough text in Google Docs? The TL;DR version:

Strikethrough Shortcut in Google Docs

  • For Mac: Highlight the word or phrase you want to strikethrough and push Command + Shift + X. Double-check that your highlighted text now as a line through it.
  • For Windows and Linux: Highlight the word or phrase you want to strikethrough and push Alt + Shift + 5. Double-check that your highlighted text now as a line through it.

How to Strikethrough Text in Google Docs from the Toolbar

  • Step 1: Log in to Google Drive and open the Google Doc that contains the chosen text you want to strikethrough.
  • Step 2: Highlight the words or phrases you want to strikethrough.
  • Step 3: Select “Format” from the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  • Step 4: From the drop-down menu, select “Text.”
  • Step 5: From the drop-down menu that appears to the right, select “Strikethrough.”
  • Step 6: Double-check that your highlighted text now as a line through it.

What does this look like, step-by-step?

Step 1: Log in to Google Drive and open the Google Doc that contains the chosen text you want to strikethrough.

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Step 2: Highlight the words or phrases you want to strikethrough.

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Step 3: Select Format from the toolbar at the top of the screen.

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Step 4: From the drop-down menu, select “Text.”

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Step 5: From the drop-down menu that appears to the right, select “Strikethrough.”

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As you can see above, it has a symbol next to it that looks like this:

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Step 6: Double-check that your highlighted text now as a line through it.

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If there is a line through your text, congratulations. You are now the reigning strikethrough champion, second only to Patrick Star, as shown below.

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