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How to add a Strikethrough shortcut key in Word?

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While Microsoft Word has a huge set of built-in keyboard shortcuts to help you do everything from moving around the document to selecting and editing text, formatting characters and paragraphs, and inserting characters, among other tasks, it still misses out on quite a few tools that are being used contemporarily.

One such tool happens to be Strikethrough in Word, which doesn’t have a pre-assigned keyboard shortcut in any of the versions, including Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2019 and even Office 365.

Here we’ve explained two methods to add a strikethrough shortcut key to help you access the tool within a few keystrokes of your choice.

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Strikethrough shortcut key in Word

Open Word on your PC and follow the steps mentioned below to setup a custom Strikethrough keyboard shortcut.

Step 1: Use the Ctrl + D shortcut key to open the Font toolbar or click on Home from the toolbar at the top and then click on the small arrow at the bottom left of the Font tab.

How to add a Strikethrough shortcut key in Word?

Step 2: You’ll now see the Font pop-up window. Here you can either hover your mouse over to Strikethrough under Effects (as shown in the screenshot below) and press Ctrl + Alt + Plus (+) sign on your keyboard or press the aforementioned keys and then click on Strikethrough.

How to add a Strikethrough shortcut key in Word?

Step 3: You’ll now see a new Customize Keyboard window pop-up. Here you can enter your preferred Strikethrough keyboard shortcut in the box under Press new shortcut key, and then click the Assign button at the bottom-left of the window.

How to add a Strikethrough shortcut key in Word?

It’s recommended you use either Alt + Ctrl + S shortcut key for Strikethrough (as we’ve done above) or Alt + Shift + S key as these aren’t pre-assigned in Microsoft Word.

You’ll now be able to use the Strikethrough tool using the keyboard shortcut you’ve assigned above.

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Set a Strikethrough shortcut key via Customize Keyboard tool

Step 1: Click on File on the top-left of the toolbar at the top.

Step 2: Then select Options from the sidebar to the left of the next page.

Step 3: On the Word Options window that appears, select Customize Ribbon on the sidebar to the left and then click on the Customize button at the bottom.

The Customize Keyboard window will appear. Continue to the next step.

Step 4: Scroll down the Categories box and select All Commands. Then select Strikethrough under the Commands box to the right. You can now enter a custom shortcut key for Strikethrough in the box under Press new shortcut key and then click on the Assign button.

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