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Strikethrough Shortcut Key

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Strikethrough Shortcut Key.

Word provides shortcut key combinations for many different formatting options. One common formatting attribute that does not have such a combination is strikethrough. Most people add it by displaying the Font dialog box and then selecting Strikethrough in the Effects area of the dialog box.

You can define your own shortcut key for strikethrough by customizing Word. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+D. Word displays the Font tab of the Font dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Font tab of the Font dialog box.

  3. Hold down Alt+Ctrl and, at the same time, press the plus sign on the numeric keypad. The mouse pointer turns into a clover symbol.
  4. Click on the Strikethrough check box in the Font dialog box. (As you move the mouse pointer to get ready to click, the mouse pointer may change back to an arrow instead of a clover; this is OK.) When you click, Word displays the Customize Keyboard dialog box with the insertion point blinking in the Press New Shortcut Key box. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Figure 2. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.

  6. Type whatever shortcut key you want to use for the strikethrough format. Just hold down whatever combination of the Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys you want, and then press the desired key to go with that combination. If the combination is already taken, that information shows just below the Customize Keyboard dialog box, and you can then change to a different shortcut key. (A good combination to consider is Alt+Shift+S or Ctrl+Alt+S, neither of which are used in a default installation of Word.)
  7. Click the Assign button. The shortcut key is now assigned to apply strikethrough formatting.
  8. Click Close to dismiss the Customize Keyboard dialog box.
  9. Click Cancel to dismiss the Font dialog box.

It should be noted that there are a variety of ways that you can display the Customize Keyboard dialog box, which is necessary for the above steps. The method used in these steps was selected because after you complete steps 1 through 3, the Customize Keyboard dialog box is already filled in with the proper settings to invoke the strikethrough formatting. If you use a different method to display the dialog box, you'll need to make the specific settings in that dialog box required to apply strikethrough formatting. (In other words, the above method of invoking the Customize Keyboard dialog box saves you some time when compared to other methods.)

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5940) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Strikethrough Shortcut Key.

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Comments for this tip:

Jaime    20 Sep 2014, 08:02
Thanks for the help, works like a charm.
Paul    22 Aug 2014, 09:47
I would like to echo Oesie's comment. I seemed to have accidentally deleted the shortcut to access the 'Customize Keyboard' window in Outlook when I first accessed the option.

Googling how to access the 'Customize Keyboard' window/feature without the shortcut has not been successful. I don't know how to get back into this window.

Please help!
MRossMac    10 Jun 2014, 07:52
Now that I have finally migrated to Word 7 I find that a simple Alt-o Alt-m no longer produces small caps. Instead it's a more cumbersome 4-key sequence: Alt plus o, f, n, and m (fOrmat, Font, fOnt, and sMall). I'd be interested if anyone knows a shorter sequence; the small-caps choice is now buried 4 layers deep.
Martin    21 May 2014, 13:52
This is a great tip!

I also used it on Outlook. You do not get the clover...but ctrl+alt+numeric plus still brings up the shorcut window.

I used Shift+Backspace for my shortcut...the idea being that i am typing in a deleted font!
Avner    04 Feb 2014, 13:32
GREAT TIP!

Thanks :)
Sean    29 Oct 2013, 12:45
Awesome! Thanks!
Oesie    15 Aug 2013, 05:33
Great tip, unfortunately I deleted the shortcut to get within the customize keyboard screen (alt+ctrl+num+), or at least I think.

I'm unable to receive that clover symbol again within Outlook. Is there a way how I can still customize shortcuts within Outlook without going to the above steps?
Maryb    11 Apr 2013, 08:55
Another shortcut readers may not have come across. To select all caps, initial caps or all lower case;
Click in the word you want to format. Press Shift + F3. Continue to click F3 to cycle through the 3 choices. Works slick as a whistle.
julie    10 Apr 2013, 15:13
Ctrl+Shift+K turns Small Caps on and off
Surendera M. Bhanot    02 Apr 2013, 14:26
Thanks Barry
Malcolm    01 Apr 2013, 08:03
I've always used ALT-o followed by ALT-k to start strikethrough - ditto to cancel. Similarly ALT-o followed by ALT-m for small caps. If you use these shortcuts for text that is already highlighted, you don't need to cancel. I hardly ever use other formatting specials but it would work with them, too.
Martin Pruimers    01 Apr 2013, 07:28
Very useful tip! Thanks!
Barry    12 Feb 2013, 15:05
Oops. You'll need to click Assign before closing. Sorry.
Barry    12 Feb 2013, 15:04
If you don't have a numeric keypad, you can still assign a shortcut key to the Strikethrough as follows:

1. Click the Office button and Word Options
2. On the left, click Customize
3. Near the middle, bottom, click Customize (beside "Keyboard shortcuts")
4. In the Categories listbox, select All Commands
5. In the Commands listbox, select Strikethrough
6. Click in the box labeled "Press new shortcut key", and enter your desired shortcut sequence.
7. Close/OK your way out.
Surendera M. Bhanot    12 Feb 2013, 13:53
I am still waiting any suggestion to Elizabeth query? Can anu one help?
Albert    11 Feb 2013, 13:42
Great tip, thank you! :)
Amy    25 Jul 2012, 15:19
This was super fast and easy! Thanks!
Elizabeth    29 Feb 2012, 13:26
Hello,

I'm working with a laptop with no separate numeric keypad. Pressing the plus sign on the top row of my keyboard with the ctrl and alt does not give me a clover sign.

Is there another way to accomplish making a shortcut?

Thank you.

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