How to Strikethrough in Microsoft Outlook

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Microsoft Outlook makes it easy to draw a line through the text of your email. In the Outlook desktop app, you can use single strikethrough and double strikethrough. In the web version, you only have the simple strikethrough option.

Note: As of the May 2022 write-up, the Outlook mobile app does not offer the strikethrough option. You must use the Outlook desktop or web app to apply this formatting style to your text.

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Strikethrough text in Outlook desktop app

In the Outlook desktop app, you can add single and double line cross text to your emails. The process is different for each strikethrough style, but we’ve covered both procedures below.

Apply single strikethrough in Outlook

To add a single line cross text in your email, first, launch the Outlook application on your computer.

In Outlook, compose a new email or open an email reply. Then write the text you would like to cross out.

Write the text to cross out.

Highlight the text you would like to cross out.

Select the text to strikethrough.

While your text is highlighted, on the Outlook ribbon at the top, select the “Format Text” tab.

Access the tab

On the “Text Format” tab, in the “Font” section, select the “Strikethrough” option (a line through “ab”).

Choose the option

And the strikethrough effect has been successfully applied to the chosen text.

Advice: To remove the strikethrough effect, select your text and click the same “Strikethrough” option.

Unique strikethrough applied to text in Outlook on desktop.

And that is.

Use double strikethrough in Outlook

To add two lines across the text in your email, you’ll use Outlook’s “Font” settings menu.

First, start Outlook and create a new email or access an email reply. Then type the text you would like to cross out twice.

Enter text to strike through it twice.

Right-click on the text and from the menu that opens, choose “Font.”

Select

You will see a “Source” window. Here, in the “Effects” section, enable the “Double Strikethrough” option. Then at the bottom select “OK”.

Back in the mail window, you’ll see that your text now has double strikethrough applied to it.

Advice: To remove the double strikethrough, quickly press Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Command + Z (Mac).

Double strikethrough applied to text in Outlook on desktop.

And that’s how you thoroughly brand your text in your emails!

Strikethrough text in Outlook Web App

The web version of Outlook only offers a single strikethrough option.

To use it, first launch a web browser on your computer and open Outlook. Then go to the email you want to use the strikethrough effect on.

Type new text and highlight it, or highlight existing text that you want to strikethrough.

Highlight the text to strikethrough.

While your text remains highlighted, at the bottom of the email box, click the three dots.

Select the three points at the bottom.

In the menu that opens, select “Strikethrough” (an icon of a line through “abc”).

choose

In the email box, you’ll see that your text now has strikethrough applied to it.

Advice: To undo the strikethrough effect, select your text and choose the same “Strikethrough” option.

Unique strikethrough applied to text in Outlook on the web.

You’re all set to send your personalized email to your recipient!


To make sending emails easier, did you know you can create email templates in Outlook? These templates allow you to quickly draft emails for your recipients.

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