How To Do Strikethrough In Google Docs

If you’ve already used Google Docs for quite some time, you will probably agree with the idea that you can do so much with it. Using it allows you to become creative with your content and more so, collaborate with other people.


When you need to edit or proofread your content or the one from your peers, it has a lot of features to offer that you can greatly use — strikethrough is one of the best examples. If you don’t know what it is, this is a strikethrough.

Applying this to your document can be very helpful and so, here’s a detailed guide on how to do it.

Applying Strikethrough Using the Format Menu

There are two ways on how to do strikethrough on Google Docs, long and short versions. This is the former.

1. Select or highlight the text you want to strikethrough.

Once you’re on the document you wish to edit, make sure that you first highlight the word(s) you wish to strikethrough. Check the picture below for the example.

2. Look for Format in the menu bar and click “Text”.

At the upper part of your screen, you can easily see the menu bar. Click Format and select “Text” in the options.

3. Choose “Strikethrough” among the options.

After clicking “Text”, you’d be given a number of choices on what to do with your text— Bold, Italicized, Underline, and Strikethrough. Make sure to click “Strikethrough”.

After you’ve completed this step, you’re highlighted text will now be applied with strikethrough and this is how it should look.

Applying Strikethrough With the Keyboard Shortcut

You’ve learned about the long version of doing it. Yet, if you wish to be more efficient with your work and want to do things quickly, you can simply apply strikethrough with just a few clicks on your keyboard.

  1. For Windows, you can just highlight the text in the document you wish to edit and press Alt + Shift + 5.
  2. For Mac users, highlight the text in the document first and press Command (⌘) + Shift + X.


Strikethrough is often used in editing or checking documents for collaboration with other users. Sometimes, it is better to apply it than delete the whole phrase for the other people who can also access the document to see. This helps them as well as the whole team to identify what areas they need to improve or work on.