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How to Strikethrough in Google Docs

Whether you are a professional writer or a teacher. It may happen that you want the line or word in your content to get noticed but at the same time you also want the reader to not consider that part. It may also happen that you want to ignore some aspects of the document while in mind you have used that aspect later. You can use the Strikethrough feature in Google Docs to delete specific text while leaving that text visible to the reader so that readers can compare. It is a commonly used feature in Google Docs.

If you have not used this feature till now, you are missing some great virtues of this tool. In this article, I will show you how to strikethrough in google docs easily.

How to Strikethrough Text in google docs

Now you already know what Strikethrough text is and why it is used. If you are a Google Docs user, you can easily Strikethrough text in Google Docs. So, without wasting any time, follow the instructions below to make the most of this useful tool in Google Docs.

  1. Open word document and locate the line containing word to strikethrough
  2. Select and highlight the text you want to Strikethrough.
  3. Click on the “Format” option appears in the title
  4. Now, click the “Text” option
  5. Click on the Strikethrough button

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Strikethrough Text in google docs shortcut keys:

Strikethrough text in google docs can be done in a more efficient way by using Keyboard shortcuts. For Mac:

  1. Mac book:
    • Highlight the word or phrase you want to draw a line through and press Command + Shift + X. (⌘ + Shift + X)
  2. Windows and Linux:
    • Select the word or phrase you want to strikethrough and press Alt + Shift + 5

Step by step Tutorial: Strikethrough Google Docs in PC or browser

1.Sign in to your Google drive:

First login to your Google Drive and head to the Google Docs having the text you want to want to draw a line through.

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2.Select and Highlight the text

Select the text that you want to draw a line through and drag the pointer over the text to highlight.

3. Tap “Format” in the toolbar

Next, move your cursor on the Format section appears at the top in the toolbar and click on it.

4.  Tap the “Text” button and choose “Strikethrough”

You will see a drop-down menu after you click on the format option, hover your cursor on the “Text” option. A new side menu will appear, from here, select the Strikethrough button.

How to strikethrough in Google docs App:

The strike through feature in Google Docs App is independent of whether you are using an iOS or an Android device. However the Google Docs app versions for tablet and for mobile phones differs a lot. The tablet version is quite simple and intuitive as compared to the desktop version, while mobile version is not as simpler than tablet and desktop version. As the display screen for mobile is small, that justifies the absence of visibility of all the commands on main screen. However the Google Doc app is the most optimized writing tool available for mobile phone.

Strikethrough text in Google Docs App in Mobile:

If you are using Google Docs app in your mobile phone, then here you will find what to do to strikethrough text in google Docs App in Mobile:

1.Open the app

2. Head to the document you want to open

3. Select the text or word you want to strikethrough

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4. In the right corner Tap on the Format Icon looks like a letter A.

5. Now you can see the strike through icon appears like a letter S with a line in between.

6. Now tap on it to strikethrough the text or word you have selected.

Strikethrough text in Google Docs App in Tablet:

Tablet and mobile versions of Google Docs App are different, if you use google docs app in your tablet then follow these simple steps to strikethrough text in google docs:

1.Download and open the App

2. Head to the document you want to edit.

3. Select the text or word you want to edit.

4. In the right corner Tap on the Format Icon looks like a letter A.

5. Now tap on the icon S to strikethrough the text or word you have selected.

How to undo Strikethrough Google Docs:

For any reason, if you want to remove the line drawn through text in your documents, you can undo this using 3 tricks.

  1. You can undo the line drawn through the text just after you placed it simply by pressing Ctrl + z.
  2. If you want to remove Strikethrough text from the already created Document just use the same keyboard shortcut you have used while striking through your text that is, Alt + Shift + 5 (Windows) or Command + Shift + X (Mac).
  3. You can also clear formatting by using the keyboard shortcut. For this, highlight the text and press :
    • Windows: Ctrl + \
    • Mac: Command + \

Note: Clear formatting will not only remove line through text it will also remove all the additional formatting (like italic, Bold etc) you have placed in your document.

Final words

While editing your documents, let the best of you come out in words as now you know How to strikethrough on Google Docs. Now you can keep the text for later use without having the need to delete them.


1. Can Strike through line be of different color then text?

No, for now Google Docs does not offers this feature.

2. How to undo Strikethrough in Google Docs?

To undo a Strikethrough, just use the same keys you have used to Strikethrough: Alt + Shift + 5 (windows) CMD + Shift + 5 (Mac).

3. Why use Strikethrough In Google Docs?

If you are a list maker you can use it to cut something while it is visible to the reader.
If you are a blogger you can use it to add some humor or to indicate a change in thought.
Or simply to save that text for future use.

Usama Sarfraz

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