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 How to auto strikethrough based on cell value in Excel?

In Excel, we can apply the strikethrough to remove the unwanted cell contents manually, but, in this article, I will talk about how to auto strikethrough based on cell value. For example, I want to apply strikethrough for the row data based on the cell value in Column E, if the cell value is “N”, to apply the strikethrough automatically for the relative rows as following screenshot shown.

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Auto strikethrough based on cell value with Conditional Formatting

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arrow blue right bubble Auto strikethrough based on cell value with Conditional Formatting

In fact, the Conditional Formatting feature in Excel can help you to finish this task as quickly as you can, please do as this:

1. Select the data range that you want to apply the strikethrough, and then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:

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2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, please click Use a formula to determine which cells to format option in the Select a Rule Type list box, and then enter this formula: =$E2="N" into the Format values where this formula is true text box, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula: E2 and “N” are the cell and text value which you want to apply strikethrough based on, please change them to your need.

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3. And then click Format button to go to the Format Cells dialog, under the Font tab, check Strikethrough from the Effects list box, see screenshot:

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4. Then click OK > OK to close the dialogs, and now, when your entered value is the specific text “N”, the entire row data will be applied the strikethrough automatically, see screenshot:

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    Linda · 1 years ago
    I regularly wind up utilizing the strikethrough highlight in both Word and Excel to stamp things as finished. This component is genuinely clear in Word, as a strikethrough symbol shows up conspicuously on the Home tab in Word 2007 and later. Then again, in Excel this component doesn't have its own particular symbol, yet it has a console alternate route, Ctrl-5. However there's no worked in essay writing route for strikethrough in Word.
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    Alex · 1 years ago
    This was a great help to me
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    Sarah B. · 2 years ago
    Using the instructions from this page (Auto strikethrough based on cell value with Conditional Formatting) I am trying to add the proper formula to a spreadsheet with the cell value being a check mark (instead of N like the example). Ultimately, what I am trying to do is this: When I double click column A1, it will automatically add a check mark in that cell. In addition to the check mark, it will perform auto-strikethrough on cells B1 and C1. Is it possible to accomplish this? I had no problem entering a rule to add a check mark to a cell by double clicking it. And I had no problem adding the conditional formatting in order to auto strikethrough text. What I cannot seem to figure out is how to combine the 2 efforts. I do not like the idea of Check boxes and have tried that route already.