Software & Apps Google Drive How to Strikethrough on Google Docs Learn how to cross out text for visible edits by Jerri Ledford Writer, Editor Jerri L. Ledford has been writing about technology since 1994. Her work has appeared in Computerworld, PC Magazine, Information Today, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Jerri Ledford Updated on May 04, 2020 Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email You've probably seen strikethrough text—text that has a line through it—on blog posts and other online content. It has a few uses and if you're a Google Docs users, there are a couple of different ways to use strikethrough in Google Docs. Use Google Docs With Word Documents Why Use Strikethrough in Google Docs Before we get to how to crossout text in Google Docs, it might be helpful to know why you might want to strikethrough text. There are a few reasons: Crossing off list items: If you're a list maker, you know there's not much more fulfilling than crossing items off your list. Strikethrough lets you do that electronically, so you can visually see how much you have accomplished on a Google Docs to-do listStriking text without losing it: When you're writing, it's not uncommon to change your mind and backspace to delete words that aren't just right. But if you're on the fence about something, and you're not sure you want to delete it, a strikethrough keeps the text, but indicates your indecisiveness. Then you can revisit it later to make a final determination if you should keep it or not.Indicating a change in thought: Bloggers often use strikethrough text to indicate they've changed how they think about something. Sometimes, this a subtle way to add snark or humor to a blog post, too. The strikethrough is used as if the writer began to say something and then changed their mind to say it in a more appropriate or acceptable way. How to Do Strikethrough in Google Docs The way to cross out text in Google Docs isn't immediately obvious when you look at the toolbars that are available in an open document. That's because there are two ways to accomplish this: Use the function, which you'll find in nested menus.Use Google Docs keyboard shortcuts. Neither of those are difficult options, but if you don't know how, you could spend considerable time finding the options. Instead, here's the walkthrough for both the nested menu functions and the keyboard shortcuts: Start in an open Google Docs document and select the text you want to strikethrough. You can do this using click and drag from the beginning of where you want to strikethrough to the end of the selection. With the text selected, click the Format menu at the top of the page. In the menu that appears, hover over or select the Text option and then select Strikethrough. Alternatively, once you've highlighted the text, you can use keyboard shortcuts to place a line through the selected text without deleting it. The keyboard shortcuts are: Windows: Alt + Shift + 5Mac: Command + Shift + X How to Remove the Strikethrough Line in Text If later, you come back to your document and decide you want to remove the strikethrough you placed in text, there are a couple of ways that you can do that. The easiest way is to highlight the text and use the same keyboard shortcut used to place the strikethrough over the text: Alt + Shift + 5 (on Windows) or Command + Shift +X (on Mac). You can also use the keyboard shortcut to clear formatting. To do that, highlight the text and use this combination of keys: Windows: Ctrl + \Mac: Command + \ If you're using the Clear Formatting option, be aware that it will not only remove the strikethrough, but it will also remove any additional formatting you may have put in place (e.g. bold, italics, superscript, and subscript). Finally, if you want to use the nested menu functions, highlight the text and then choose Format > Text > Strikethrough, which will remove the strikethrough or Format > Clear Formatting which will remove the strikethrough and any other formatting that you may have used to treat the text.