How to Add Strikethrough Text in Google Docs

What to Know

  • For Macs, Command + Shift + X is the keyboard shortcut to create strikethrough text.
  • Another way to add strikethrough text in Google Docs is to highlight the text, click Format, hover over Text, and select Strikethrough.

When creating or editing documents, strikethrough text can indicate needed revisions, completed tasks, or emphasize important text. We'll cover how to add strikethrough text in Google Docs through the formatting menu and the quick keyboard shortcut for creating strikethrough text.

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How to Create Strikethrough Text in Google Docs

The strikethrough Google Docs feature is not available in the formatting menu alongside Bold, Italicize, and Underline. However, you can access the strikethrough option in the top menu by following the steps below:

  1. Highlight the text you wish to strike through.

    First, you must highlight the text you wish to strike through.
  2. Select Format.

    Next, select Format.
  3. Hover over Text to see the dropdown menu.

    Hover over Text to see the dropdown menu.
  4. Select Strikethrough.

    Click on Strikethrough.

Now you know how to perform a Google Docs strikethrough through the formatting menu! Keep reading to learn a strikethrough keyboard shortcut. To learn more about writing and editing on your iPhone, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter.

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What is the Strikethrough Keyboard Shortcut for Mac

What is the Strikethrough Keyboard Shortcut for Mac?

My favorite way to cross out text is to use the strikethrough keyboard shortcut. On a Mac, the strikethrough key shortcut is Command + Shift + "X". You can highlight the text you wish to have a line through, then type the shortcut. Another option is to press Command + Shift + "X" and then type text that is already crossed out. If you do this, you'll have to type the shortcut again when you're finished to return to normal text formatting.

How to use a Crossed Out Text Generator

How to Use a Crossed-Out Text Generator

In some cases, you might want to use an online strikethrough text generator instead. This works on Macs, iPhones, iPads, and other devices with a browser. There are many different crossed-out text generators, but the best one I've found is Content Harmony. Just click the link, type your text, make sure the strikethrough option is selected, then tap "Apply Formatting". You can then copy and paste the text in the document or app of your choosing (as long as strikethrough text is a supported format). 

Now you know three ways to create strikethrough text in Google Docs. We hope that learning how to use the strikethrough shortcut will help you expand the way you use Google Docs, for example, as a virtual to-do list! Next, learn how to cut and paste using Mac keyboard shortcuts


  • How do I zoom out on a Mac? To zoom out on a single app window, press Command + "=" to zoom in, press the Command + "-" keys to zoom out, or use the trackpad pinch method.
  • Can I switch between multiple windows of the same Mac app? Yes, you can shift between Mac app windows by pressing the Command + "`" (tilde) keys. Move backward between windows of the same app by pressing Command + Shift, then tap the "`" (tilde) key.
  • How do I take a screenshot on a Mac? You can take a screenshot on your Mac by pressing the Command + Shift keys on your keyboard.
  • What is the exit full-screen Mac shortcut? Press the Command + Control + "F" keys simultaneously to enter and exit the full screen on your Mac.
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.