We have B to bold, I to italicise, U to underline, but we don't (as far as I can tell) have a shortcut to strikethrough selected text in any OS X rich editor.

I added a keyboard shortcut into System Preferences, but that way doesn't work very consistently. I also tried using TextExpander, but it doesn't support rich text formatting.

Has anyone come up with a way to do this?


Hey I just came across this question because today I just started to use Stickies as a To-Do list for things I need to finish over the day and I also wanted to have that feature that you strikethrough items or text you are done with…

I think an easy workaround for this is that you have lets say 3 items, then you go to mark your first item with the strikethrough from the Fonts panel and then select that all the item and go to Font > Copy Style (Opt+Cmd+C) and then because it is copied in the Stickies app, after, anytime you use the shortcut Opt+Cmd+V (Paste Style) over a selected item it will paste the strikethrough style anytime later on the app, even if you have any other copied item in your clipboard.

  • this is amazing and I had no idea this functionality existed. thank you! – Jacob Raccuia Sep 30 '15 at 19:42
  • Interesting one but it will also copy other style properties of previous text like Bold, Italic, Color, etc. – Chintan Shah Jun 7 '18 at 6:19
  • Yes, it will copy all text style properties. To do ONLY strikethrough, you'll have to go to the Fonts dialog (Cmd+T) and select the strikethrough style. You can also set the color of the strikethrough there. When you have some text with all the text properties you like, then you can use Cmd+Opt+C to copy that set for easy pasting with Cmd+Opt+V. – August Mohr Jul 4 '18 at 22:17

Shortcuts created in System Preferences will only work globally with applications that have matching Strikethrough options in their menu. This is not a feature that all rich text editors provide, thus the inconsistencies you experienced.

Nevertheless, TextExpander does support rich text formatting. When creating a new snippet click the "Content" header above the snippet and select "Formatted Text, Pictures." You could use this to store a small sample of strikethrough text to use the formatting of. This is sort of a painful workaround, but it should suffice in the majority of applications. You will probably encounter a few exceptions where this will not work.

The simplest solution is built into Mountain Lion. Select any text in a rich text editor and CTRL+Click (right-click) on it. Select the Font>Styles Selecting Font Styles from Context Menu A new menu pops up. Select "Favorite Styles" and then select "Struck through" from the drop down menu. Now click Apply. Favorite Styles Menu

Your text will now be struck through. Keep in mind this Font menu may not appear in all rich text editors and others may not display struck through text at all.


an even quicker way is to use the upper left corner with with the little drop down menu with the paragraph symbol.

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Cmd+Shift+X works in MS Excel for Mac 2011.

  • This only applies to Excel, not system-wide as the question was asking about – grg Jun 26 '18 at 22:42

This one's what I do as a workaround.

  • Write a "struck-through text" on Word.
  • Copy and paste that "struck-through text" to the sticky note.
  • Format the newly pasted "struck-through text" the way you want on your sticky note.
  • Select the "struck-through text" and click Opt+Cmd+C (or click Font > copy style)
  • Highlight the item you want to strike through.
  • Click Opt+Cmd+V (or click Font > paste style)

Tedious at first but works fine after. :)


enter image description hereYou can cross through individual characters in Safari and other Mac docs by:

1 In Safari (or other) Toolbar, Click 'Edit' > 'Special Characters'

2 In pop-up's 'Search' box type: "combining long stroke overlay" and click on the '-' that comes up under the 'Unicode' heading at the bottom of the central column in the box

3 Click 'Add to Favourites' box

4 The Special Characters pop-up can be left open and dragged to a convenient area of the screen whilst completing Safari docs etc (I use it for writing foreign language rules in Quizlet). Type the character you wish to show crossed out, then double click the '-' character in the Favourites section of the pop-up to strike through


I just had the same problem and figured out you could if you went to the side bar (the format tab in Pages) and then clicked on character styles then held down strikethrough and liked shortcut you could set F1–F9 as shortcuts for the strikethrough effect!

  • This only applies to Pages, not system-wide as the question was asking about – grg Jun 26 '18 at 22:41

Shortcut key is ⌘ Cmd+Shift+X.

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    This does not work in TextEdit on OS X 10.9. Is there a specific application you are using? – Graham Miln Jan 22 '14 at 13:57
  • This only applies to Microsoft Office apps, not system-wide as the question was asking about – grg Jun 26 '18 at 22:42

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