Microsoft Word: Strikethrough Shortcut Key

This is freakin’ awesome; I had no idea that you could assign keyboard shortcuts this easily:


  1. Press Ctrl+D or choose Font from the Format menu. (If you are using Word 2007, press Ctrl+D or click the Home tab of the ribbon, then click the small control at the bottom-right of the Font group.) Word displays the Font tab of the Font dialog box. (Click here to see a related figure.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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. (Click here to see a related figure.)
  4. 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.)
  5. Click the Assign button. The shortcut key is now assigned to apply strikethrough formatting.
  6. Click Close to dismiss the Customize Keyboard dialog box.
  7. Click Cancel to dismiss the Font dialog box.

(via Topics: Strikethrough Shortcut Key)

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36 thoughts on “Microsoft Word: Strikethrough Shortcut Key

  1. Thanks, I use strikethough all the time and this is a great tool. I have been using Word so long that I am sure that there are lots of features and tricks that have been added since I took an initial class a decade ago.

    1. This is a handy little tool indeed. Carol’s Word Bytes Newsletter publishes tips like this and more twice every month! If you aren’t subscribed, you really should be!

  2. Thanks! This is a huge help!

    For those still using Word 2004, you can find the ‘Customize Keyboard dialog box’ under ‘Tools’, then at the bottom of that menu ‘Customize’ then, ‘Customize the keyboard’.

  3. Excellent post. Thanks a lot.

    Anyway I can transfer this over to my MS Outlook new mail message as well ?

  4. You can access *any* of the formatting settings from the keyboard as follows:

    control-d (gets the font menu)
    alt-k (for strikethrough, for example — notice the underlines in the font menu)
    ENTER (to apply the change)

    After control-d, you can also TAB through the various settings, again hitting ENTER to apply whatever changes you’ve made.

  5. Or in new word

    Top left corner, the word symbol (three colored boxes) which opens a dialogue
    In that dialogue, at bottom right click “Word Options”, then “Customize”

    Then at the bottom click “Keyboard shortcuts: Customize”
    Choose in “Categories” all commands, then under “Commands” (to the right) find “strikethrough” and assign that to a shortcut key (or see what the shortcut key was)

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