Excel Strikethrough Shortcut
MS Excel or Microsoft Excel is powerful spreadsheet software by Microsoft, and it has a distinct range of built-in features and functions. The best thing in Excel is using most of the built-in features using quick shortcuts. When it comes to using strikethrough in Excel, Excel has multiple shortcuts to help us quickly apply it within Excel cells.
This article discusses the various Excel Strikethrough Shortcuts that can help quickly implement or use the Strikethrough feature in Excel. Before discussing the shortcuts to use strikethrough, let us briefly introduce the strikethrough feature and its use in the text editing and highlighting.
What is Strikethrough in Excel?
Strikethrough is a type of character formatting used for text or values within the selected cells, which draws a horizontal straight line through the cell or selected text. Since it is a format, it can be applied or removed like other formatting or styles in Excel. Generally, the strikethrough feature is used from the Format cells tab on the ribbon. But, it is more often through shortcuts as they make it easier to apply strikethrough in the desired cell(s).
Putting a straight line through the cells typically marks that the corresponding task has been done. For example, suppose we are working on different projects listed on the Excel sheet; we can select and apply strikethrough in desired cells if the corresponding projects are completed. This will help us focus only on the pending projects while keeping the records of completed ones.
The following image displays cells with a strikethrough in an Excel sheet:
Shortcuts to use Strikethrough in Excel
The shortcuts can be used in different ways in Excel for each specific task. Alternately, we can also create a desired shortcut for an individual task that we use more often. Likewise, we have multiple shortcuts for the strikethrough feature, such as:
We can use any of the above-listed strikethrough shortcuts to apply cross out or create a line through a text and values in Excel cells. Let us discuss each strikethrough shortcut in detail:
Strikethrough Shortcut in Quick Access Toolbar
The quick access toolbar (QAT) is a great way to access any Excel feature/option with a click. But, we must add the desired shortcut in QAT before we can use it. We only need to add a shortcut once, and we can use it as many times as we need in the future.
Adding a Strikethrough Shortcut in a Quick Access Toolbar
Strikethrough Shortcut on Ribbon
When we are using MS Word, we usually see a strikethrough icon under the Home tab. Unfortunately, there is no such shortcut in Excel by default. However, it is easy to add this shortcut on the ribbon and use it instantly whenever needed. Once added, it can be used as many times as needed in the future.
We need to perform the following steps to add the strikethrough shortcut on the Excel ribbon:
Therefore, if we have our quick access toolbar reserved with other essential shortcuts, it is a good option to add a strikethrough shortcut on the ribbon using the above steps.
Strikethrough Shortcut in Format Cells Dialogue Box
We can use the strikethrough feature using the format cells dialogue box. Since we can access the format cells dialogue box with a shortcut Ctrl + 1, it is a quick alternate shortcut also to apply a strikethrough. The format cells dialogue box provides several options to adjust formatting to selected cell or range of cells, and we can access strikethrough formatting through it easily by following the steps below:
Although this is a slightly longer shortcut than the other shortcuts, it also provides other formatting options. Despite this, keyboard shortcuts are always the fastest way.
Strikethrough Shortcut Keyboard Key
Using any feature with keyboard keys is one of the quickest and best methods. Excel has predefined keyboard shortcut keys for most of the Excel features. If there is no definite shortcut for any specific task, the Alt key can be oppressed to activate special shortcut keys.
When using the strikethrough feature in Excel, we must press the Ctrl key and the numeric key '5' simultaneously. However, we must select the cell or range of cells to apply strikethrough before using the keyboard shortcut key Ctrl + 5. We can use this shortcut for both the adjacent and non-adjacent selection of cells in Excel.
It is important to note that we must use the numeric key '5' from the keyboard area, not from the numeric keypad.
Although it is easy to apply strikethrough shortcuts, sometimes we may not use them as desired. For example, when using the strikethrough with conditional formatting. We can only strikethrough cells with a defined rule and access the format cells dialogue box opened from the formatting rule window.
Let us consider the following excel sheet as an example where we have a list of several tasks, and we want to apply strikethrough on selected tasks based on the input (Task Completed or not) given in the next cells.
Therefore, we first need to select the cells or range of cells to apply the conditional formatting. In our example, we need to apply conditional formatting on column A. Thus, we select the cells from A1 to A8, as shown in the following image:
After selecting effective cells, we need to go to the Home tab and click the Conditional Formatting option. We must select the option New Rule from the drop-down list under the Conditional Formatting.
In the next window, we need to select an option saying, "Use a formula to determine which cells to format". Then, we must write the formula (=B2:B8="YES") without brackets, as shown below:
After entering the formula, we must click the Format button. In the format cells window, we need to go to the Font tab, select the Strikethrough option, and click the OK button.
After clicking the OK button, the desired conditional formatting is applied. After that, whenever we will write YES in the cells next to the tasks, the straight line will be drawn through the task. In our example, it looks like this:
This typically means that there may be cases when we cannot use the strikethrough shortcuts.
Important Things to Remember