How to Remove Strikethrough in Excel (3 Ways)

To demonstrate our methods for removing strikethroughs from text in Excel, we’ll use the following dataset:

Method 1 – Using Keyboard Shortcut to Remove Strikethrough from Cells


  • Select the cells with strikethrough.
  • Then press Ctrl+5 on your keyboard.

keyboard shortcut to remove strikethrough in excel

Strikethroughs are removed from all the cells that previously contained them.

Method 2 – Using Format Cells Feature to Remove Strikethrough from Cells


  • Select the cells with strikethrough.
  • In the Home tab, select the Format Cells option.

format cells to remove strikethrough in excel

  • From the Format Cells pop-up window, go to the Font tab and uncheck the checkbox next to Strikethrough in the Effects section.
  • Press OK.

Strikethroughs are removed from all the cells that previously contained them.

Method 3 Using VBA to Remove Strikethrough Rows

To delete all the rows containing strikethrough cells (as opposed to removing the strikethrough from cells as in the methods above), using a VBA macro is the safest and most efficient method.


  • Press Alt + F11 on your keyboard or go to the Developer tab → Visual Basic to open the Visual Basic Editor.

  • In the pop-up code window, from the menu bar click Insert Module.

  • Copy the following code and paste it in the code window:
Sub DeleteStrRows()
    Dim r As Range
    Dim iCheck As Boolean
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim iRows As Integer
    iRows = Selection.Rows.Count
    If iRows > 2 Then
        For i = iRows To 1 Step -1
            iCheck = False
            For Each r In Selection.Rows(i).Cells
                iCheck = IsNull(r.Font.Strikethrough)
                If Not iCheck Then iCheck = r.Font.Strikethrough
                If iCheck Then Exit For
            Next r
            If iCheck Then Selection.Rows(i).EntireRow.Delete
        Next i
    End If
End Sub

Your code is now ready to run.

vba to remove strikethrough rows in excel

  • Go back to the worksheet where your strikethrough rows are.
  • Select the rows and Run the macro.

This will delete all the strikethrough rows from your Excel worksheet.

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  1. is it possible to remove all text within a workbook that is formatted with strikethrough? For example if one cell contains some text that is formatted with strikethrough and some text that is not in the same cell. i would like to remove only the text within the cell that has strikethrough used. not the entire cell.

    • Hi JOJO,

      Thanks for your comment. I am replying to you on behalf of Exceldemy. You can use VBA to remove texts that have strikethrough in them. Suppose, you have some text strings like the picture below:

      Let’s follow the steps below to remove the texts with a strikethrough.
      1. Firstly, go to the Developer tab and click on the Visual Basic option.

      2. Secondly, select Insert >> Module to open the Module window.

      3. Now, copy the code below and paste it into the Module window:
      Sub Remove_Strike_through_Texts()
      Dim iRng As Range, iCell As Range
      Dim iStr As String
      Dim X As Long
      On Error Resume Next
      Set iRng = Application.InputBox("Please select range:", "Microsoft Excel", _
      Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
      If iRng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
      Application.ScreenUpdating = Fase
      For Each iCell In iRng
      If IsNumeric(iCell.Value) And iCell.Font.Strikethrough Then
      iCell.Value = ""
      ElseIf Not IsNumeric(iCell.Value) Then
      For X = 1 To Len(iCell)
      With iCell.Characters(X, 1)
      If Not .Font.Strikethrough Then
      iStr = iStr & .Text
      End If
      End With
      iCell.Value = iStr
      iStr = ""
      End If
      Application.ScreenUpdating = True
      End Sub

      4. Press Ctrl + S to save the code.
      5. After that, go to the Developer tab and select Macros.

      6. In the Macro window, select the desired code and Run it.

      7. A message box will appear.
      8. Select the range from where you want to remove the strikethrough texts.
      9. Finally, click OK to proceed.

      10. As a result, the texts with strikethrough will be removed.

      I hope this will help you to solve your problem. Please let us know if you have other queries.

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