Get Strikethrough Text In Gmail With These Easy Steps

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Strikethrough texts are a format of writing where all the words and phrases are struck out. To make it simple to understand strikethrough is used in writing to cross out something wrong or to checkmark things in a to-do list. But if you wish to use this kind of styling while sending emails via Gmail then you can do it for sure. It can be done on both its app on smartphones and its website on a browser but the methods are completely different. So let’s check how.

Use Strikethrough Text In Gmail

Now before starting to send these kinds of texts in Gmail, firstly you will need to disable Plain Text Mode. This mode allows or avoids usage of any other custom texts in Gmail. So to disable it follow the given steps:-

Disable Plain Text Mode

1. Open Gmail on your web browsers and then tap on Compose.

2. Then a box or window for creating emails will appear on the right side, here click on the three dots at the bottom of the screen as shown on the image below.

disable plain text mode - Gmail

Now here you will see the option Plain text mode. If there is a tick mark in front of it then it means it is enabled, click on it. Once you see no tick mark in front of this option that means it is disabled. Now you can continue to the next method to create strikethrough text.

After you are done disabling Plain text mode all you have to do is enable the strikethrough text mode. It’s that simple and works on both the Windows and macOS. You can enable it either from the option inside Gmail or directly using the keyboard shortcut. Similar to the above method, click on the Compose option to open the new window or you can still continue from where you left on the above method:


1. Click on A which is the Formatting options for texts situated right next to the Send button. Then a toolbar menu will appear. Here click on the downwards arrow or triangle at the last of the box i.e. more formatting options.

use strikethrough text in gmail

2. This will expand a menu, here you will be able to see S. Click on it and the strikethrough text will be enabled.

3. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut by pressing Shift+Alt+5 on Windows and command+Shift+x on Mac together to enable strikethrough text. After this try writing anything and you will see all of them will be in strikethrough format.

strikethrough text in gmail

It can only be used in the content area where you will write the message, not in the subject area. That said you can use the methods for smartphones below to use strikethrough in the subject line. To disable it, again go through the menu or press the given keyboard shortcut and you can resume writing it normal mode. This keyboard shortcut keys will also work on Google Docs.

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On Smartphones

Well as there are no such options like the above method to use strikethrough texts on Gmail via Android and iOS devices. But we still have a trick up our sleeves that we are going to share with you.


For doing so you can use strikethrough apps which will allow you to create texts and messages in strikethrough formats. On Android, you can download Strike Text and then open it.

strike text - strikethrough gmail using Android device

After this create or write content, convert them, copy and then paste it on the Gmail. We tried this ourselves and it worked like wonder.


We didn’t find any app that will allow you to create such texts for free, but you can use this online tool instead. You can use this web app on Android and from web browsers on PC as well. Open the website and write what you have to make as crossed out texts.

online tool to create strikethrough in gmail - iPhone

It will immediately show the results below. If you wish you can also select from other styles from the given options. Once done select the copy to clipboard option or manually copy it and then paste it on Gmail to send the strikethrough texts.

Wrapping Up

So using the steps and methods above you can use strikethrough text in your email and send them in Gmail from Windows, macOS, Android and even from iPhone. It’s not that much used but if you use it correctly then it can make your email well formatted hence easy to read. Do you know any other quick method? You know where to share your thoughts.

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Hitesh Sharma

Hitesh Sharma is a tech enthusiast who is always happy to learn and present new things regarding the social and online world. Loves to eat and sleep, who does not? Likes to explore new things and places, and always ready to share his part of the knowledge.

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