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Formatting a document can take time, and using shortcut key combinations helps cut that time down.

One of our favorite formatting features is the strikethrough option. It helps in keeping track of to-do lists and so much more.

We have some good news and bad news for those who love the strikethrough feature as much as we do. First the bad news: unfortunately, there is no shortcut key combination for a text strikethrough. But now the good news: you can define your own shortcut key combination by some quick customization of Word. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be good to go.

Step 1: Press Ctrl+D or choose Font from the Format menu. Word displays the Font tab of the Font dialog box.

Formatting Shortcut Step 1

Step 2: Hold down Alt+Ctrl and, at the same time, press the plus sign on the numeric keypad. Your mouse pointer turns into a clover symbol.

Formatting Shortcut Step 1

Step 3. Click the Strikethrough checkbox in the Font dialog box (first window). The clover may turn back into an arrow but that is ok. When you click, Word displays the Customize Keyboard dialog box with the insertion point blinking in the Press New Shortcut Key box.

Step 4: Now type whatever combination of shortcut key you’d like to use for the strikethrough format. Simply, hold down the combination of the Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys you want, and then press the desired key to go with that combination. If the combination is already taken, that information shows just below the Customize Keyboard dialog box, and you can then change to a different shortcut key. (The combination we chose to use was Ctrl+Alt+S as it is not a default combination in Word.)

Step 5: Click the Assign button. Your new shortcut combination is now assigned for strikethrough formatting.

Step 6: Click Close to dismiss the Customize Keyboard dialog box.

Step 7: Click Cancel to dismiss the Font dialog box.

You can now cross off items to your heart’s content on your to-do list!

This trick works for other formatting shortcuts too. Instead of clicking the Strikethrough checkbox in step 3, choose another formatting option and subsequent shortcut key combination.

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