How to Cross IC in Word: A Step-by-Step Guide

Crossing out text in Microsoft Word, also known as "strikethrough," is a handy tool to show that something has been completed or is no longer relevant without completely removing it from your document. It’s a simple process that can be done in just a few clicks. After reading this paragraph, you’ll know exactly how to add a strikethrough to your text in Word.

Step by Step Tutorial to Cross Out Text in Word

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to know that applying a strikethrough to your text in Word will visually show a line through the selected text, indicating it’s been marked out.

Step 1: Open your Word document

Open the document you wish to edit.

This is straightforward – just double-click the document or open Microsoft Word and find the document through the "File" menu.

Step 2: Select your text

Highlight the text you want to cross out.

Click and drag your cursor over the text to select it. You can also hold down the "Shift" key and use the arrow keys to select the text.

Step 3: Access the Font dialog box

Right-click the selected text and choose "Font" from the context menu.

Alternatively, you can access the Font dialog box by clicking the small arrow in the corner of the "Font" group on the "Home" tab of the ribbon.

Step 4: Apply the strikethrough

Check the box next to "Strikethrough" in the Font dialog box and click "OK."

This will immediately apply the strikethrough formatting to the selected text.

After you complete these steps, the text you’ve selected will now have a line through it, clearly indicating it’s been crossed out.

Tips for Crossing Out Text in Word

  • Always ensure you’ve selected the correct text before applying the strikethrough to avoid crossing out the wrong section.
  • If you need to cross out multiple sections, you can select them all at once by holding down the "Ctrl" key while you select each section, then apply the strikethrough.
  • Strikethrough can also be applied using a keyboard shortcut. Simply select the text and press "Ctrl" + "D" to open the Font dialog box more quickly.
  • If you find yourself using strikethrough often, consider adding a strikethrough button to your Quick Access Toolbar for even faster formatting.
  • Remember that strikethrough is a visual indication and does not actually delete the text. If you want to remove the text entirely, you’ll need to delete it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply strikethrough to text in other Office applications?

Yes, the steps are similar for other Office applications like Excel and PowerPoint.

Is there a keyboard shortcut for strikethrough in Word?

While there isn’t a direct shortcut, you can press "Ctrl" + "D" to open the Font dialog box and then select strikethrough.

Can I remove strikethrough formatting if I change my mind?

Absolutely, just repeat the steps and uncheck the "Strikethrough" box in the Font dialog box.

Can I customize the strikethrough line?

No, Word does not currently allow customization of the strikethrough line’s appearance.

Can I save a document with strikethrough text and will it show up for others?

Yes, the strikethrough formatting will remain when you save the document and will be visible to anyone who opens it.


  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Select the text to cross out.
  3. Access the Font dialog box by right-clicking the selected text.
  4. Apply the strikethrough formatting and click "OK."


Crossing out text in Word is a breeze once you’ve got the hang of it. It’s a nifty feature that can help you organize your thoughts, track what’s been done, and still keep a record of original ideas or tasks. Remember, crossing out text doesn’t delete it, so you can always go back and review what you’ve crossed off. Plus, it’s a great way to collaborate with others, clearly showing changes without losing the original context. So, the next time you’re working on a project or sorting through a to-do list, give the strikethrough feature a whirl – it might just become your new best friend in Word!

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