Strikethrough Keyboard Shortcuts in Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel offer full tracking and commenting features to track changes. However, strikethrough is one of the useful ways you can easily show the difference between previous and current document versions. The advantage of strikethrough is it is visually easy to understand that the previous content was modified and you can still see the modified content. If you use strikethrough frequently, here is the keyboard shortcuts for getting it quickly.

Strikethrough Shortcut in Word

The keyboard shortcut for strikethrough in Microsoft Word documents is Alt + H + 4. When you press one of the Alt keys, Word will highlight all keyboard shortcuts in the ribbon. Then you can press H and 4 keys either together or separately (by holding the alt key) to apply strikethrough for the selected content.

Alt H 4 Strikethrough Shortcut in Word
Alt H 4 Strikethrough Shortcut in Word

Strikethrough Shortcut in Excel

Control + 5 is the strikethrough keyboard shortcut in Microsoft Excel. The default, alt + H + 4 shortcut will not work in Excel. Highlight the cells and press control + 5 keys to apply strikethrough for the selected content.

Strikethrough Shortcut in Excel
Strikethrough Shortcut in Excel

Strikethrough Shortcut in PowerPoint

Alt + H + 4 is the Strikethrough shortcut for PowerPoint. It works similar to Microsoft Word. You can select single or multiple text boxes and press Alt + H + 4 to apply strikethrough for all selected content.

Strikethrough Shortcut in PowerPoint
Strikethrough Shortcut in PowerPoint

Apply Strikethrough Using Font Settings

Many people use font settings dialog in Microsoft Office to apply strikethrough. Though this needs few more clicks, it has many other options in addition to strikethrough.

  • When you are in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, select the content first.
  • Press “Control + D” shortcut keys to open Font dialog box.
  • Again, press “Alt + K” to enable the checkbox for “Strikethrough”.
  • Click “OK” button to apply strikethrough on the selected text.
Font Settings in Office
Font Settings in Office

The advantage here is that you can apply additional styles like double strikethrough, superscript, subscript, small caps, all caps and even hide selected text. You can also click on the “Set As Default” button to apply the selected options for the entire document or apply to the template. However, we do not see it is useful to apply strikethrough for entire document or template. Mostly, the above explained keyboard shortcuts will be useful in applying strikethrough when needed.

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