Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Changing Strikethrough Lines.

Changing Strikethrough Lines

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 9, 2018)

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You can format text using attributes such as bold, italic, underline, etc. You can also format text so that it is "struck through," which puts a thin horizontal line through the text. (Similar to using a pen and crossing through the text.) If you use strikethrough text a lot, you may wonder if there is a way to change the attributes of the strikethrough line itself, such as changing its weight or color.

It does not appear that there is any way in Word to change the attributes of a strikethrough line. Those attributes mirror the attributes of the text that is being struck through. For instance, if you change the font color of the text, then the color of the strikethrough line changes, as well. So, the only way to make modifications (very limited modifications, I might add) to the strikethrough line is to modify the font itself.

If that isn't acceptable or you want a different type of strikethrough, you can use a workaround, such as to use the drawing tools in Word to actually draw a line through the text. You can then change the attributes of the drawn line to whatever you desire.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9300) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing Strikethrough Lines.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2019-04-28 13:39:46

Patsy

Alan, regarding your post on Changing Strikethrough Lines. I want a strikethrough line on "4" in Times New Roman. One strikethrough goes directly through the horizontal line in "4", and double strikethrough just looks like a solid line. So neither works. I tried a line "shape", which would be great, but cannot figure out how to make the line stay in place over the "4". This is a book, and the "4" is going to move around a lot till the whole thing is finished. Any ideas?


2017-02-05 00:39:30

Little Tonyy

To achieve colored strikthrough, you can also try robotic process automation (RPA) service from a thrid party, Robotic PA <https://www.facebook.com/roboticpa/
> .

Robotic E-Pleading (one of their robotic document preparation service) converts colored underline into colored strikethrough without changing the color of text.

Regards,
Tonyy


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