How to Add Strikethrough in Google Docs

If you find that you often have part of a document that you are unsure about, then the Strikethrough formatting option can be very useful to you. By drawing a line through a selection of text in your document you can indicate that the selection should be disregarded, but you don’t actually need to delete it in case you think that you might want that information later.

Many word processing applications include the ability to apply strikethrough formatting to text, and Google Docs has it as well. Our guide below will show you how to select text and draw a line through it in the Google Docs application.


How to Draw a Line Through Text in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the Web-browser version (Google Chrome) of Google Docs. You can use this method to add the strikethrough formatting to any selection of text in your document.

Step 1: Go to Google Drive at and open the document to which you would like to add strikethrough.


Step 2: Select the text through which you would like to draw a line. If you want to select the entire document, then click somewhere inside the document body, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

how to draw a line through text in google docs



Step 3: Click the Format tab at the top of the window.

open the format menu in google docs



Step 4: Select the Strikethrough option.

how to strikethrough in google docs



You can remove strikethrough from a selection by following these same steps, but selecting the text with the strikethrough as the first step.


If you would prefer to use a keyboard shortcut, then you can simply select the text, then press Ctrl + Shift + 5 on your keyboard.


Does your document need to be double spaced, and you can’t figure out how to get that formatting? Learn how to double space in Google Docs and adjust the spacing of your document to meet the requirements for your current task. newsletter
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