How to Strikethrough Text in Outlook? [Shortcut]

If you’re using Word and Google Docs to add strikethrough, there’s a simple trick for using Outlook to add strikethrough.

In the Design tab, in the home ribbon, there are small strikethrough buttons. Unlike most word processing programs, Outlook adds strikethrough when you type, rather than when you insert a graphic. But here’s how to do it.

This article explains ‘How to Strikethrough Text in Outlook (i.e., cross out text with a line)’.

This information applies to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Microsoft 365.

How to Strikethrough Text in Outlook?

In Outlook, you can strike through the text in your email message. To do this, you need to know the trick on how to strikethrough text in Outlook.

There are two types of strikethroughs that you can use – a simple strikethrough and a double strikethrough. In the web version, you’ll only have the option for a simple strikethrough.

There are two ways to add strikethrough to text in Outlook emails: single and double lines.

  • To add a single line of strikethrough, select the text you want to strikethrough and then click the “Strikethrough” button.
  • To add a double line of strikethrough, select the text you want to strikethrough and then click the “Double Strikethrough” button.

Single Strikethrough Line in Text

Step 1: Open the Outlook application.

Step 2: Open New Mail/Reply or forward, for applying strikethrough you need to enable strikethrough or select the portion of content in which you like strikethrough.

Step 3: Create an email message you want to strikethrough/Or you can activate the strike-through before you create a message.

  • Click on Format Text >> From the Font section click strikethrough, which enables the option before you type any content, every word you type will consist of strikethrough.
  • Here is the example below:

Another option is, you can type the entire content first, then highlight the specific part or portion you like to strikethrough, and from the Font section click strikethrough, which converts the selected portion into strikethrough.

In case you have multiple portions to select you can hold the ‘Ctrl key‘ to select the portion.

Double Strikethrough Line in Text

To add a double line of strikethrough, select the text you want to strikethrough and then click on the expended button, which opens the font dialog box, from the effects portion select the checkbox “Double strikethrough”, which converts all your text with double strikethrough.

To get the Font dialog box, there is another option, you can select the portion and click the right mouse button, from the dropdown list select Font, which will watch you through the same dialog box.

Finally, click OK, and your selected text is converted into double strikethrough.

Remove Strikethrough from Text in Outlook

To remove the strikethrough effect, select the text and click the same Strikethrough option, which disables the option, and the strikethrough is removed.

Keyboard Shortcut to Apply Strikethrough in Outlook

There are a few shortcut keyboard keys, which help you insert or remove strikethrough easily.

What it Does?Keyboard Shortcut
1 Add a Single strikethrough in the Outlook applicationAlt + O + 4
2Add a Double strikethrough in the Outlook applicationAlt + O + FN + (Tab 6 times) + Space + Enter
3Remove Single / Double strikethrough in the Outlook applicationAlt + O + 4
4Undo StrikethroughCtrl + Z
Table: one

You can apply strikethrough format to text in Outlook by selecting the text, then using the keyboard shortcut mentioned above in the table

How to Add Strikethrough Option to the Quick Access Toolbar?

The quick access toolbar usually helps users to quickly access any action, you need to add the strikethrough icon to the quick access toolbar.

Go to Format text, right-click on the strikethrough icon, and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar from the drop-down list.

Once you click on its strikethrough icon is added to Quick Access Toolbar.

How to Strikethrough Text in Outlook Web?

Strikethrough text in Outlook Web is a quick way to highlight or mark text.

So, let’s understand How to add and remove Strikethrough text in Outlook Web.

Step 1: Open Outlook web.

Step 2: Now create a new email/Reply/Forward, you like to apply cross lines in text. (Let’s take a new email) >> Click on New email from the left top corner of the screen.

Step 3: Enter the inputs like the email address of the recipient, subject, and type, and select the content you like to strikethrough the portion.

Step 4: Click options (…) and select strikethrough (the icon of a line crossing the letter ‘abc‘), your selected portion will be converted to strikethrough.

In case you need to remove the strikethrough from the portion reverse the method and the line removed from the text.

Final Words

In conclusion, to strike through text in Outlook is extremely easy, though this may seem intimidating for first-time users, if you learn one new trick at a time, you will be more likely to accomplish your goal.

The next step is to experiment with adding other formatting techniques, like highlighting or italics.

The above text demonstrates that there is not only a strikethrough but also double strikethrough.

You may be wondering if the meaning is the same as with single strikethrough.

Hopefully, the information above has helped you to be able to strike through text in the emails that you write in Microsoft Outlook.

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