How to Add Strikethrough in Google Docs

Post last updated on February 26, 2018

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 https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive 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.

 

A Faster Way to Add Strikethrough in Google Docs

While adding strikethough to text in Google Docs isn’t a common occurrence for a lot of people, there are individuals that use it a lot, and would like to be able to draw a line through their text a little faster than the method described above.

The best way to do this is by taking advantage of the strikethrough keyboard shortcut in Google Docs.

If you would prefer to use a keyboard shortcut, then you can simply select the text, then press Alt + Shift + 5 on your keyboard. If you would like a step-by-step guide on how to do this, then continue below.

Step 1: Use your mouse to highlight the text that you wish to strikethrough.

google docs strikethrough keyboard shortcut

 

 

Step 2: Press the following keys simultaneously – Alt + Shift + 5.

faster way to strikethrough in google docs

 

 

The selected text should now have a line drawn through it. This also works in reverse. If you have text in your document with a line through it, and you wish to remove that line, select the text with strikethrough, then press Alt + Shift + 5 to remove it.

 

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.

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