You have probably seen a document or read something on line where there was text that had a line drawn through it. This is often used to indicate that the information is either inaccurate, or that someone changed their mind about something they wrote, but still wanted their audience to be able to read that information. This formatting style is called “strikethrough” and it’s something that is available in many word-processing applications, including Google Docs.
Our tutorial below will show you how to select some text in your document and apply the strikethrough effect to that text. There are two different ways to do this; one method will have you apply the strikethrough formatting from the Format menu, and the other method uses a keyboard shortcut.
How to Use Strikethrough in Google Docs
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. Once you complete the steps in this guide you will have drawn a line through a selection of text in your document. If you need to remove that line later, simply follow these same steps to undo it.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive and open the Docs file containing the text through which you would like to draw a line.
Step 2: Use your mouse to select the text in the document to which you want to add the strikethrough effect.
Step 3: Click the Format tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Select the Text item in the menu, then click the Strikethrough option.
Note that you can also apply the strikethrough effect to selected text by pressing Alt + Shift + 5 on your keyboard.
Do you have some text in your document that has a lot of formatting applied to it, and you would simply like to start over? Find out how to clear all formatting from a selection in Google Docs and save yourself the hassle of individually removing each formatting option.