How to Remove Strikethrough in Excel 2010

Last updated: December 16, 2016

The strikethrough effect in Microsoft Excel 2010 is helpful when you wish to indicate that information in a cell should be ignored, yet you do not want to delete that information. But the strikethrough effect can be distracting, especially when it is used a lot, and the effect remains applied to the information if you copy and paste it into another spreadsheet or document.

If you are finding the strikethrough effect to be problematic, then you are probably looking for a way to remove it. The effect is not included in the ribbon, however, so you need to use a keyboard shortcut or a secondary menu in order to apply or remove it. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the strikethrough option so that you can eliminate it from your selected cells.


Getting Rid of Strikethrough Effect in Excel 2010 Text

The steps in this article will assume that you have a spreadsheet which contains text with the strikethrough effect, and that you wish to remove that effect. If you instead wish to add the strikethrough effect to some of the cells in your spreadsheet, the this article will show you how.


Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel 2010.


Step 2: Select the cell(s) containing the strikethrough text that you wish to remove.

select the cells with the strikethrough



Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window, then click the Format Cells: Font button at the bottom-right corner of the Font section in the Office ribbon.

click the home tab, then click the font button



Step 4: Check the box to the left of Strikethrough, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

uncheck the strikethrough option



Summary – How to turn off strikethrough in Excel 2010

  1. Select the cells containing the strikethrough text you wish to remove.
  2. Click the Home tab.
  3. Click the Format Cells: Font button at the bottom-right corner of the Font section in the ribbon.
  4. Check the box to the left of Strikethrough to remove the check mark.
  5. Click the OK button.


The method for adding strikethrough to text in Excel 2010 is very similar. The steps below will walk you through it.


How to Strikethrough in Excel 2010

The steps below will show you how to select a group of cells and apply the strikethrough effect to the data in those cells.

Step 1: Use your mouse to highlight the Excel cells that you would like to strikethrough.

select the cells to strikethrough



Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the Home tab



Step 3: Click the small dialog launcher button at the bottom-right corner of the Font ribbon section.

open the Format Cells: Font menu



Step 4: Check the box to the left of Strikethrough to apply the effect to the data in the selected cells. Click the OK button to close the window.

how to strikethrough in Excel 2010



Note that you can also toggle the strikethrough effect on or off for selected cells by using the default shortcut. The shortcut for the strikethrough effect in Excel 2010 is Ctrl + 5.

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