How to Apply Strikethrough in Excel [Shortcut + Command]

Last Updated: October 01, 2023

- Written by Puneet

A few days back, I wrote about different ways to add a checkmark in Excel for completed tasks. But they’re also one more thing that we can use:

That’s ➜ Strikethrough

It means to draw a line through a value in a cell. In Microsoft Word, the option for striking through a text is there on the home tab of the ribbon. So it’s really easy to apply it.

When it comes to Excel, we don’t have any direct option to apply strikethrough to a cell. No button or option is there on the ribbon. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t do that.

In fact, we have more than one method for this. So today, in this post, I’d like to share with you 5 different methods which you can use to apply strikethrough in Excel.

1. Shortcut Key to Apply Strikethrough to a Cell

Let’s say you’re in hurry and don’t want to waste your time, then a keyboard shortcut is a perfect option for you. To apply strikethrough on a cell you can use:

shortcut key strikethrough windows excel

And, if you are using Mac then you can use the shortcut key:

shortcut key strikethrough mac excel

But here’s the kicker:

If you want to apply this to a particular part of the text in a cell then you can edit the cell and select only that part of the text, after that use the shortcut key.

And, if you want to apply it to more than one cell then you select the entire range or select the non-continued range of cells and then use the shortcut.

2. Add a Strikethrough Button to QAT

You might be wondering. Yes, that’s right we can add a button on QAT for strikethrough and then a single click every time. Here are the steps for this one-time setup.

  1. First of all, go to File ➜ Options ➜ Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. After that, from “Choose commands from” select “Commands Not in the Ribbon”.
  3. Now, select “Strikethrough” from the list and add it to the QAT.
  4. Click OK.

Now you have an icon of QAT and you can apply strikethrough with a single click.

This button also works if you want to apply it to a particular part of a text and on multiple cells.

3. Apply Strikethrough from Format Option

As I said there is no direct option in Excel for strikethrough, but actually, there’s an option that you can access from format options. This is what you need to do.

  1. Select all the cells on which you want to apply it.
  2. Use shortcut key ctrl + 1 to open the format options.
  3. In the font tab, tick marks the strikethrough option.
  4. Click OK.

It works the same as other options. You can apply it on multiple cells and on the partial text. Want to know the best part? You can also access other formatting options which are nowhere on the ribbon through the same.

4. Run a VBA Code to Apply Strikethrough

Macro codes work like a charm and, if you want to use a VBA for strikethrough here is the code for you.

Sub addstrikethrough()

Dim rng As Range

For Each rng In Selection

rng.Font.Strikethrough = True

Next rng

End Sub

The above code will help you to apply strikethrough on selected cells. You can also assign it to a shape to create a button.

5. Use Conditional Formatting to Apply Strikethrough

Conditional formatting is one of the best ways to apply formatting in a smart way. Look at the below checklist where I have used a check box with conditional formatting to apply strikethrough.

Whenever you mark a check box, the text in the corresponding cell will get a cut-through line. Here’s how you can do this.

  1. First of all, insert a check box in the worksheet.
  2. After that, link to cell A1 and change the font color of A1 to white.
  3. Select cell B1, go to Home Tab → Styles → Conditional Formatting → New Rule.
  4. Select the “Use a formula to determine which cell to format” option.
  5. Enter =IF(A1=TRUE,TRUE,FALSE)in the formula input bar.
  6. Now, click on the format option and tick mark the strikethrough.
  7. Click OK twice.

Now, whenever you tick the checkbox, the text in the cell will get a cut line on it.

[Bonus Tip] Apply Strikethrough in Excel Online

If you use the Excel web app then you must be happy because there is an option thereon Ribbon that you can use to apply strikethrough.

Remove Strikethrough from a Cell

It’s really easy to remove strikethrough from a cell. You just need to use the shortcut key (Control + 5) again.

Important Note: If you have applied it through conditional formatting then you can’t remove it with the shortcut key unless you remove the entire formatting from the cell.


You can also copy-paste strikethrough from one cell to another cell using format painter. So, that’s the whole story about applying strikethrough in Excel. You have 5 + 1 different methods for this and all are easy to apply. I hope this tip will help you get better at Excel.

Now tell me one thing. Do you have any other method to apply strikethrough? And, which one is your favorite method? Share with me in the comment section, I would love to hear from you. And, please don’t forget to share this tip with your friends.

This tutorial is a part of our Basic Excel Skills, and if you want to sharpen your existing Excel Skills, check out these Excel Tips and Tricks.

8 thoughts on “How to Apply Strikethrough in Excel [Shortcut + Command]”

  1. On the section: “Use Conditional Formatting to Apply Strikethrough”.
    It is confusing. More Graphics/Screeshot will be more helpful>

  2. Hello. How can I have a text in a cell and strikethrough the text and have conditional formatting highlight the cell with ctrl+5 without changing the text. Ex:I have a date with strikethrough and excel will highlight it in the formatting I want

  3. True to form, Puneet is spot-on with this tip. I use strikethrough so seldom that my most common method is to use the ‘format cells’ dialog. (My favorite keyboard shortcut for this is Ctrl + 1). But, since I am a big fan of keyboard shortcuts, the Ctrl + 5 method would quickly become part of my ‘toolbox’ of methods, should I start using the format more often.

  4. Hi – I’m really confused as I can’t get the process (changing regular text to strike-through text in one box based upon a selected checkbox (true value/checked)—which is exactly what I want to do, so thank you for the demo!— to work. Is it because I’m using Excel for Mac? I cannot locate this: Home Tab → Styles → Conditional Formatting → New Rule nor can I pull-up the ‘New Formatting Rule’ pop up window that you show above. Can you assist?


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