Use This Keyboard Shortcut For Strikethrough Text In Excel

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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