Use This Keyboard Shortcut For Strikethrough Text In Excel

Want to apply a strikethrough effect to text in Excel? All you need is this simple keyboard shortcut.

In Word 2013 (and 2010 and 2007), striking through text is easy and obvious: there's a button for it on the Home tab of the Ribbon, near the icons for Bold, Italic and Underline:

However, if you look in the same area in Excel, there's no strikethrough option — instead, you'll see a shortcut for the Borders tool:

To apply strikethrough in Excel, you actually need to access the Font tab of the Format Cells dialog box:

There are several ways to get to Format Cells: you can click the small arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Font section of the Home tab; click on the Format dropdown in the Cells section of the Home tab and then select Format Cells; or type Control+1 (the fastest option and the one I always use).

However, there's an even faster way to produce strikethrough. Select the text (or the cell) you want to strikethrough, and then type Control+5. You can also use that shortcut to remove strikethrough. Handy! Note this doesn't work in Word; if you want a strikethrough shortcut there, you'll have to set one up yourself.

For more handy Excel keyboard wizardy, check out our roundup of the most useful Excel keyboard shortcuts.


    Good article Angus, thanks!
    There are loads of keyboard shortcuts that work well together on
    CTRL+1 is a great one as it brings up lots of formatting options that can't be found with other shortcuts.

    Or you could just use control+5 (excel 2007 and higher only)

    Thanks ! For french Excel (azerty's keyboard) the shortcut is CTRL+SHIFT+5

    What might prevent this from working? I have one cell that allows me to strikethrough one word in a sentence, but another cell in a different tab that won't allow it (whole font section on ribbon is grayed out). I tried format painter, but it still won't let me modify any of the font options.


    Thank you for Ctrl+F5. Made my life SO much easier working on this spreadsheet!

    I guess the shortcut changes depending on the language version of excel software.
    For italian excel it works CTRL+B
    (I have a french keyboard... but CTRL+SHIFT+5 doesn't work)

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