This example teaches you how to apply strikethrough formatting in Excel. You can still read text with a strikethrough effect.

1. For example, select the range A2:A4.

2. Right click, and then click Format Cells (or press Ctrl + 1).

Format Cells

The 'Format Cells' dialog box appears.

3. On the Font tab, under Effects, click Strikethrough.

Click Strikethrough

4. Click OK.


Strikethrough Formatting in Excel

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to quickly apply strikethrough formatting in Excel.

5. For example, select cell A7.

Select Cell

6. Press Ctrl + 5.


Strikethrough Shortcut

Note: simply press Ctrl + 5 again to remove the strikethrough effect. There's no double strikethrough option in Excel.

7. To apply strikethrough formatting to just part of a cell, first select the text in the formula bar.

Select Text

8. Press Ctrl + 5.

Strikethrough Part of Cell

Let's take a look at 2 more cool ways to quickly apply strikethrough formatting in Excel.

9. Add a strikethrough button to the Quick Access Toolbar.

10. Select cell A5 and click the strikethrough button.

Click Strikethrough Button

11. Add the following code lines to the BeforeDoubleClick Event:

Target.Font.Strikethrough = True
Cancel = True

12. Double click cell A6.

Double Click to Strikethrough

Note: try it yourself. Download the Excel file, use the strikethrough button or double click a cell to quickly apply strikethrough formatting.