How to Cross Out Words in Microsoft Word 2013

Have you ever noticed text in an online article that is crossed out, and wondered why? Often this is because the author later found that the information was incorrect, but wanted to leave the text in place for one reason or another. This serves to inform the reader that the text should not be read as part of the document, while leaving it in a format that can still be read.

Crossing out text in a Word document can be done for similar reasons, but it can also be helpful if a group is collaborating on a document and one group member feels that a segment of text should be removed. By using strikethrough to cross out the text it is understood that the text should be deleted, but it is still available in case it needs to be re-added later. You can follow our steps below to learn how to cross out text in your Word 2013 document.

Use Strikethrough in Word 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to format text so that it appears to be crossed out. This effect is called “strikethrough” and it is available as a text formatting option in Word 2013. This article will assume that you already have an existing document that contains the text which you want to cross out. If you want to switch your text to all small caps, you are able to do that as well.

Step 1: Open the document containing the text that you want to cross out.

Step 2: Select the text that you want to cross out.

select the text to cross out

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

click the Home tab

Step 4: Click the Strikethrough button in the Font section of the navigational ribbon.

click the strikethrough button

If you decide later that you want to remove the strikethrough from the text, simply re-select the strikethrough text, then click the Strikethrough button in Step 4 again to remove it.

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