I am proud to say that we are becoming more collaborative at work, especially around creating sound, process documents for different tasks that we do. If you are like our users, you probably are using the Review feature in Word. However, we found that REVIEW, and Accept and Accept with Changes, and Track Changes, was becoming clumsy with some of the changes that we wanted to make. My team asked me if there wasn’t a better way to work on the documents.
I have to admit that I couldn’t think of one in that moment. I did research with Google, and I found a tool that I have not used for years – Strikethrough – which is a long time Word feature. I found a great article on the blog, ” How-To Geek” called “How to Draw a Line Through Words in Microsoft Word” by Marshall Gunnell written on August 9th, 2018. You can read the article here: https://www.howtogeek.com/361599/how-to-draw-a-line-through-words-in-microsoft-word/. The important part of the article, for me, is noted below. However, he has other good stuff about creating shortcuts and other thoughts.
How to Apply Strikethrough Formatting to Text
Applying strikethrough formatting is pretty easy. Start by selecting the text you want to strike through. You can do this by clicking and dragging over the text (or just double-clicking a word), but when you do this, Word likes to select the space after the text, as well. If you don’t want that to happen, click to place your insertion point at the beginning of the text, and then Shift-click at the end of the text for a more precise selection.
If you want to get fancy and select multiple words spread out through the document at the same time, you can do that, too. Select the first bit of text the regular way, and then hold down the Ctrl key while selecting additional text in different places. We suggest only doing this a paragraph at a time because it’s frustrating when you accidentally let go of the Ctrl key and have to start over.
When you’ve got your text selected, look on the “Home” tab of Word’s Ribbon. In the “Font” group, click the “Strikethrough” button (it’s the three letters with a line drawn through them).
Now, any text you had selected should be struck through.
You can also apply strikethrough formatting using the Font window. Select your text, and then press Ctrl+D to open that window up. Here, you can select not only the regular “Strikethrough” option but a “Double Strikethrough” option if you want to go that way, instead. Make your selection, and then click the “OK” button.
That’s it! A great little feature to use to keep track of where you started and where you are going with changing wording, thought processes, or tone.