How to Cross Out Words in a Microsoft Word Document

904460 How to Cross Out Words in a Microsoft Word Document

Do you need to edit a Word document and cross out words that need to be removed or replaced? Using strikethrough in Word is an easy way to do this.

In this simple, step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to cross out words in Word on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, and online in 5 quick steps.

Why Use Strikethrough in Microsoft Word

Here are some of the benefits of using strikethrough to cross out text in Word:

  • Visually indicates text that needs to be deleted or replaced
  • Allows reviewers to easily spot changes or errors
  • Creates readable documents when you need to keep some original text for context
  • Useful for making edits and formatting drafts
  • Simple formatting to apply and remove

Step 1: Select the Text You Want to Cross Out

Start by opening the Word document and highlighting the word, phrase, or section of text you want to strikethrough.

To select the text:

  • Place the cursor at the beginning of the text and click and drag to the end of the selection. Or double-click on an entire word to select it.
  • On touch devices, tap and hold then drag the selection handles.
  • Select multiple sections by holding Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) while clicking.

Step 2: Click the Strikethrough Button

In the Word toolbar at the top, look for the ‘Font’ section. Click on the button that looks like “ab” with a line through it.

This is the strikethrough tool. Click it and the selected text will have a horizontal line straight through the middle.

Strikethrough button image

Step 3: Apply Double Strikethrough (Optional)

To emphasize the cross out with two lines instead of one, you can add a double strikethrough.

After selecting the text:

  • Click the small arrow next to ‘Font’ to open the font formatting window
  • Check the box for ‘Double strikethrough’
  • Click OK

This will strike through the text with two parallel lines.

Step 4: Use a Keyboard Shortcut

For quicker editing, use these handy keyboard shortcuts for applying strikethrough:


  • Ctrl + Shift + D


  • Command + Shift + X

Select your text first, then use the shortcut to instantly cross out words.

Step 5: Remove Strikethrough

Changed your mind or finalized edits? Removing strikethrough is just as easy.

Simply highlight the text again and click the strikethrough button to toggle the formatting off. The cross out lines will disappear.

Or use the keyboard shortcuts again to remove strikethrough quickly.

And that’s it! Now you know how to easily cross out words in Microsoft Word on any device.

Tips for Using Strikethrough Effectively

  • Use sparingly. Too much strikethrough can make text difficult to read.
  • Add comments explaining edits for reviewers.
  • Make sure your intent is clear. Cross out full sections rather than individual words or letters if possible.
  • Don’t forget to remove cross outs when finished editing.

Strikethrough is a handy Microsoft Word formatting feature for indicating changes during editing or marking up revisions. Now you have the steps to use it like a pro!

Cross out words in your Word docs to draw attention to sections that need deleting or replacing. This visual cue makes editing Word documents easier and clearer.

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