How to format strike through text

Struck ThroughI recently received an email from a reader asking about how to get text that has a strike through it. Luckily, Thunderbird already has this ability built into its formatting options. Here’s the easiest way to set this up:

  1. Type out some text
  2. Select the text you want formatted with the strike through
  3. Go to Format > Text Style > Strikethrough

Strike Through

There is a second way, which involves editing HTML code, a.k.a the language that all websites use and allows us to put pictures, links, and all kinds of cool things into our emails. The <strike> </strike> tag shows text with the strike through it, just put your text in between the two tags. Of course, this way isn’t as easy as the first, so I would recommend the built-in way.

As far as I know, the built-in method should work, even if the person doesn’t use HTML formatted messages.


39 Responses to How to format strike through text

  1. Frank says:

    Geez, I feel like such a dumba$$. I had to crack up laughing this was so easy (once you described it)………………..aiiiyeeeeeeeee

    I sense the next big hurdle is a “how to” do all these cool screen shots for your step by steps, that you use.

    But I’m afraid to much info at one time will make my head explode………..

  2. MCV says:

    Just like Frank, I had to say “Doh!” – this was so easy I can’t think why I didn’t think to look there!

    By the way, small typo –
    Go to Format > Test Style > Strikethrough

    Should be Text Style. 🙂

    Many thanks.

  3. Dean says:

    Wow I feel ubber stupid also.

    The Thunderbird method worked for me vs. the html coding.

  4. Glenn says:

    Just goes to show that not exploring every tab in a new program can be embarrassing.
    Me too.
    thanks Chris

  5. zx says:

    is it possible to assign it a shortcut button?

  6. Dragan says:

    Is there a way to assign a shortcut to menu items? I could use strike some time 🙂

  7. Dycheal John says:

    Thanks punk</strike)

  8. Dycheal John says:


  9. Dycheal John says:

    Thanks a lot, dude

  10. Dycheal John says:

    cool feature very thankful

  11. monkey for sale says:

    Thanks very much for the tip.

  12. Unicorn says:

    i am sorry, but i dont understand this at all…. i have a laptop (Portable computer) and it doesnt work… ??

  13. Susan E says:

    Sorry Unicorn, it does not work for mythological creatures.

  14. Thank YOU! I have always wanted to know how to do this 😀

  15. LRHall41 says:

    It doesn’t work for AOL mail. 😦

  16. jen says:

    thanks did that work? it doesn’t work in my email.

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  21. mawia says:

    does it works in facebook comment box

  22. Adam says:

    I don’t think I have ever looked in that menu area before…. and a post that is 5 years old still was helpful and accurate for TB current release v10

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  28. Me says:


    Just using this comment space to generate a stricken term to paste from my phone. Thanks!

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  31. Mike says:

    Many thanks…I do feel a bit silly not checking the obvious. Thanks again.

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