How to Cross Out Words on Microsoft Word

Updated February 21, 2017

Microsoft Word allows the user to format documents by changing fonts, adding colours and making other editing changes. One feature of the software is the ability to cross out words. After you use this feature, the word remains, but a line is drawn horizontally through the midsection of the letters. You have the option of adding one line or two.

Highlight the word you wish to cross out. To do this, place your cursor at the beginning of the word, hold down your left mouse button, move the cursor across the word and then release the button.

Click on the "Format" option in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and then click on the "Font" selection in the drop-down menu that appears.

Place your cursor on the highlighted word, and press the right button of the mouse. Click on the "Font" selection in the menu that opens, and it will take you to the same place that the instructions in Step 2 took you.

Check the box next to "Strikethrough" to cross out your highlighted word.

Click "Double strikethrough" if you want to cross the word out with two lines instead of one. Click "OK" to complete the command and close the menu.

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