Some areas of Facebook allow the use of HTML tags to change the appearance of what you write. These include bold, italic and strikethrough tags. A tag is a short piece of code that tells a browser how an element should appear. Text tags use angle brackets, also known as chevrons, inequality signs or the "greater than" and "less than" symbols. There are some areas of Facebook where HTML tags don't work such as your status update. Here you can use strike out text using letter-like symbols from the Unicode symbol set. A text generator makes this easier.
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Things you need
- Facebook notes cheat sheet (optional)
- Strikethrough text generator such as Herp.in Tools Unicode Strikethrough Text Tool (herp.in/strike.php) or Adam Varga's Unicode Strikethrough Text Tool (adamvarga.com/strike)
Launch your browser and log into Facebook. Go to your Profile page by clicking on your username. Navigate to the Notes screen using the Notes button in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen under your profile picture.
Start a new note using the button marked "+ Write a Note."
Type <s>. this is the opening HTML strikethrough tag. On U.S. keyboards you will find the opening and closing angle brackets to the lower right of your keyboard, above the comma and period respectively; you access them by pressing and holding the shift key.
Type the text that you want struck out.
Type </s> after the line of text you want struck out. This is the closing tag. You must use this or everything after the opening tag will be struck out instead of just the section you want.
Launch your browser and open two separate tabs or windows. In the first tab, open Facebook and log in. In the second tab, open a strikethrough text generator tool such as Adam Varga's Unicode Strikethrough Text Tool or Herp.in Tools' Unicode Strikethrough Text Tool.
Type the text you want struck out into the input field of the generator. Press the button under the input field; the generator then replaces each character with its Unicode strikethrough equivalent.
Select, copy and paste the struck-out text into your status.
Tips and warnings
- As well as strikethrough text you can get lots of different text effects using Unicode generators. Examples include Facebook Symbols' generators (fsymbols.com/generators), which can convert text into symbols or flips text upside down; and Sherv.net's Weirdmaker (sherv.net/weirdmaker), which converts text into a variety of alphabets using Unicode symbols.
- Beware of sites offering font toolbars for Facebook. These can insert a browser helper object into your browser which may contact the Internet without your permission, potentially compromising the security of your computer or your Facebook account.
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