How to use the strikethrough feature in Google Docs to indicate text that should be removed

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You can add a strikethrough in Google Docs text on a computer or mobile device. damircudic/Getty Images
  • The strikethrough feature in Google Docs puts a line through selected text to indicate words not meant for publication or a change of thought.
  • The strikethrough function is accessible through the Format tab of Google Docs in its desktop version.
  • You can add a strikethrough to text in the Google Docs mobile app through the Font toolbar option.
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Google Docs offers features that are essential for creating memos, tailoring resumes, and editing essays. A useful tool to help edit your documents is the strikethrough function, which places a line through selected text. This allows the person who’s editing the document to show what information should be deleted before it’s published, or it can be used stylistically to show a change of thought while writing.

How to add a strikethrough on the Google Docs website

1. Open Google Docs in a browser and create a new document or select an existing one.

2. Highlight the text you want to strike through.

3. Click Format, on the menu bar at the top of the page.

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Click the Format option in the toolbar. Ennica Jacob

4. Hover over Text to reveal another dropdown menu.

5. Select Strikethrough to add a line through the highlighted text.

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Hover over Text and click Strikethrough from the resulting dropdown. Ennica Jacob

How to add a strikethrough on the Google Docs mobile app

1. Open the Google Docs app on your phone or tablet and select a document.

2. Tap the Pen icon at the bottom of the screen to start editing.

3. Double-tap to highlight a word or drag the cursor to select multiple words.

4. Tap the Font icon (an A with lines next to it) in the menu at the top of the screen.

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Tap the Font icon after highlighting the relevant text. Ennica Jacob

5. In the Text tab, tap the S icon to perform a strikethrough.

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Tap the struck-through S icon in the Text tab. Ennica Jacob

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