4 Methods to Strikethrough text in Gmail – Gmail strikethrough.

Gmail Strikethrough

It’s 2018, Still, Gmail Strikethrough option not available. Maybe you already found a way to do Strikethrough text in Gmail. But, if you’re seeking for some easiest ways, then this article is for you.

If you work online, then you already know, that, text formatting is pretty useful. Strikethrough is part of the typographical presentation. In Strikethrough, a horizontal line goes through the text. But, the text remains readable. Well, I don’t need to mention uses of Strikethrough. Maybe, you’re in the middle of some important work. So, without wasting further time, let’s start this article.

Gmail Strikethrough.

Method: 1 Copy Strikethrough text and, edit it.

Let’s start this list of “Strikethrough Gmail text” with the simple method. If you don’t have time to download and use the script. Then, this solution might be helpful to you.

1. Copy the following Strikethrough text, and paste it into your “Gmail Compose” box.

Select and Copy this text.Select and Copy this text

2. Now, move your cursor next to this Strikethrough text. And, now start writing what you want to. As you can see in the below screenshot. Text written after this Strikethrough text will appear in Strikethrough format. After writing, you can erase the copied word.Strikethrough text in Gmail

IMPORTANT – (Remove Strikethrough Format) After this Strikethrough work, anything you write will appear in Strikethrough format. In Gmail, you can remove formatting by pressing Ctrl + \ key simultaneously. So, to start writing normally. You need to select the text and press “Ctrl + \”.


Method: 2 Use Inspect Element.

If you ever have written basic HTML code, then you will easily understand this method. In this method, we are going to add Strike HTML tag using inspect element. This method is for Computer users only. If you’re using Android or iOS device, then you can try above or next method.

“If you want to strikethrough any specific word written between your mail. Then, this method is for you.”

1. In Chrome Browser, Select the text in Gmail, that you want to strikethrough. Right Click on it, and then choose “Inspect Element”.


2. In the right side of the screen, you will able to see inspect element Window. Also, a few lines of code will be highlighted. If not then again select the text and use inspect option.

Right click on highlight text, and then click on “Edit as HTML”.Edit as HTML - Strikethrough

3. Now, in the small editing window, you will able to see email written by you. All you need to do is, add an open and close tag before and after that word.

For Example – <s>Strikethrough</s>Add Strike tag using inspect element

Note: In HTML “S” tag is used for Strike.

Done, now click once in your email compose box. And, then close inspect element using “X” icon. (Don’t close Chrome Window 😛 )

This “Gmail Strikethrough” method is complicated for normal computer users. But, if you understand this method. Then, you”ll always use this method.

Method: 3 Use Google Docs.

Many tech blogs and forums already suggested this method. And, I think, this method is worth mentioning. In this method, you need to write text in Google Docs. Then use the Strikethrough option of Google Docs. And, then you can copy and paste text into the Gmail. Alternatively, you can write complete mail in Google Docs. Then, paste into Gmail Compose box.

“If you’re wondering, why I am not telling to use Microsoft Word. Or, any other offline document editor. Then, the answer is pretty simple. When we copy text in Microsoft Word. It only copies normal text without formatting. But in google docs with text, tags also get copied.”

1. Open “Google Docs” site and log in through your Gmail Account.

2. Click on “+” icon to open a new document.

3. Now, write whatever you want and then select it.

  • After selecting the word, go to Format > text > Strikethrough.

Strikethrough using Google Docs

Alternatively, you can press Alt+Shift+5 simultaneously. To activate/deactivate strikethrough in Google Docs.

That’s it. Now copy “Gmail Strikethrough” text and paste it. Though, the first method is better than this.

Method: 4 Install Chrome or Firefox Extension.

The best thing about Chrome and Firefox Browser is. You can install add-ons or extensions. That is helpful to add some extra features. And, the good news is, there is an extension available, that adds “Gmail Strikethrough” option.

For Chrome Browser – Strikethrough, Etc. Extension Available. Which you can download from the Chrome Web Store.

  • To use this extension, you need to reload Gmail Tab. Then, select the text that you want to Strikethrough.
  • Right-Click on it, Go to Strikethrough Etc. > Strikethrough > Choose “Short Strikethrough Option”.

Strikethrough extension

For Firefox browser – “strikeThrough” extension available for Gmail. This extension adds “S” option in Gmail Compose box. So, you can directly use it, like other text formatting tools.

That’s it. these are the four methods, which you can try to “Cross out text in Gmail”. Although the first and last method is fast to use. But, personally, I prefer the first method. Because installing the extension for “Gmail Strikethrough” feature isn’t a good idea.