Strikethrough text in WordPress

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Strikethrough text in WordPress shows the site visitor that some part of the text has been redacted, without a need of removing it.

There might be various reasons to cross off words in a website but  keeping track of changes made to a content area is one the most common ones.

Below, you can find an instruction on how to apply strikethrough character formatting in your WordPress site.

Add strikethrough formatting

Adding strikethrough formatting is quick and easy due to an in-build editor functionality.

It means that you no need to install additional plugins or to have a coding skills in order to apply strikethrough formatting to text on your WordPress site.

To add a strikethrough text in WordPress:

  1. Open a page in the Block editor.
  2. Highlight the word(s) you want to cross out.
  3. Click the dropdown arrow within the toolbar in order to select Strikethrough option.
Preview of the Strikethrough in the block editor.

Using the Block editor, you can quickly add a cross line to the text within a few clicks. You can also apply these steps to other text in Headings, Buttons, Links, etc.

Additionally, you can change colors of your cross out words to make them more visually noticeable on the page.

Reasons to cross out words

Now when you know how to strike through text in WordPress, it is time to dive into the reasons of using this text formatting on a webpage.

One of the reasons is to show a change of thinking in text by leaving original text for the interest of transparency.

Another reason is to let the user know that information was changed after posting the original text on a web.

Also, some people use a strikethrough feature to communicate with intended humorous irony when producing a content on the Internet.

What other reasons you have in mind?

Please share them in comments below. I would love to hear them!

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